Films Referenced/Parodied in Austin Powers

Why I did this? I have no clue. For fans of useless trivia, I guess.


~ The Avengers (Kensington's Catsuit)
~ Adam Adamant Lives! (The cryogenically frozen foes bit + culture shock from awakening so many years later)
~ The Bionic Woman (Fembots)
~ Department S (Jason King influenced Austin's character)
~ The Twilight Zone (Dr Evil's pinky-to-mouth mannerism is similar to a main character from the episode "Number 12 Looks Just Like You")
~ Back at the 1998 MTV Movie Awards, one of the parody movie scenes featured Austin using a campy antiquated jetpack to reach a balcony. This a reference to the opening sequence in Thunderball, where Bond actually does the complete opposite.

Worth noting: Dr Evil's voice and enunciations are directly influenced by Lorne Michaels, Mike Myers's former boss from Saturday Night Live.

  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

    Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

    International Man of Mystery
    ~ The entire Electric Psychedelic Pussycat Swingers Club segment is a straight up homage to the big party scene from Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, complete with the underrated Strawberry Alarm Clock playing "Incense and Peppermints" and the legendary line "This is my happening and it FREAKS ME OUT!"

  • Blow-Up


    International Man of Mystery and The Spy Who Shagged Me
    ~ The intense photographer persona side of Austin is taken from Blow-up's protagonist

    ~ Blow-up is all around considered by Myers to be one of the primary visual influences for the atmosphere of 1960's London in International Man of Mystery and The Spy Who Shagged Me.

  • Carry On Sergeant

    Carry On Sergeant

    The entire Carry On series are a large influence on the comedy of the Austin Powers franchise

  • Casino Royale

    Casino Royale

    International Man of Mystery
    ~ Casino Royale is responsible for the genesis of Austin Powers. Mike Myers heard the song "The Look Of Love" one day, a song that was featured in the '67 film, and it sent him into a cerebral nostalgic time travel back to his love for the swingin' 60's and (of course) the James Bond franchise. Also worth noting Peter Sellers is one of Myers's main comedic influences, and his ability to play multiple characters in a single film obviously inspired Myers to do the same.
    ~ "The Look Of Love" is also featured in the film

    The Spy Who Shagged Me
    ~ There's a sign shown in the opening sequence that reads "Casino Royale"

  • Demolition Man

    Demolition Man

    International Man of Mystery

    ~ The entire "cryogenic foes meet again after being frozen for years" came from Demonlition Man

  • Diamonds Are Forever

    Diamonds Are Forever


    International Man of Mystery
    ~ The bulk of where the film takes place is taken from the Vegas setting of Diamonds are Forever.
    ~ Dr Evil's map showing what locations and property he owns is taken from a similar map Blofeld has in his base

  • Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine

    Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine

    International Man of Mystery
    ~ While the name "Fembots" came from The Bionic Woman, their conception was influenced by the Dr. Goldfoot series

  • Dr. No

    Dr. No

    International Man of Mystery
    ~ Austin's harry chest is a parody of Sean Connery's Bond
    ~ The thawing scene is a parody of the decontamination scene when Bond and Honey are about to meet Dr No
    ~ Dr No is a partial influence on Dr Evil, including his suit
    ~ Basil Exposition is influenced by Bond's boss, M. The last name comes from how M is almost always the character in the series to tell Bond the film's exposition
    ~ Austin and Vanessa's "quasi-futuristic" clothes are the same ones Dr No has Bond and Honey wear
    ~ Bond's signature Walther PPK is Austin's choice handgun as well. A certain scene pokes fun at how small the gun is.
    ~ An alternate ending featuring Austin and Vanessa in a raft in the ocean is a direct parody of Dr No's ending

    The Spy Who Shagged Me
    ~ Honey's entrance on the beach is almost shot for shot remade with Felicity and Austin's landing on Dr Evil's island
    ~ The look of Dr Evil's volcano lair is similar to the Crab Key lair

  • From Russia with Love

    From Russia with Love

    International Man of Mystery
    ~ Dr Evil's entire presence before showing his face is lifted also from Thunderball and most specifically You Only Live Twice, but the introduction of Blofeld as the faceless big boss stroking his cat while dishing out orders to his henchmen first made its appearance in From Russia With Love. Dr Evil even wears a ring similar to Blofeld's SPECTRE ring.
    ~ Frau Farbissina is directly based on Rosa Klebb, one of the main antagonists in From Russia With Love
    ~ The scene at the end of From Russia With Love where Klebb enters the hotel room disguised as a maid is parodied at the end of International Man of Mystery, except instead of Frau it's Random Task
    ~ From Russia With Love also started the Bond notoriety within the films; by that I mean for a "secret" agent complete with a codename (007) not only does he never use an alias while undercover, but way too many people, most notably the bad guys, know him by name. Austin Powers is a character with similar albeit exaggerated celeb status.

  • Goldfinger



    International Man of Mystery
    ~ Alotta Fagina is a parody of a running gag in Bond films where an occasional female lead has a ridiculous name suggesting strong sexual innuendo, but her name was primarily influenced by the Goldfinger character Pussy Galore, who is officially the first Bond girl to be part of the eventual gag
    ~ Random Task is a parody of Goldfinger's main henchman, Oddjob, complete with Austin pointing out how stupid his "special" ability is
    ~ The scene where Austin asks Dr Evil if he expects the UN to pay his demands and Dr Evil replies "No, I expect them to die." is almost an altered quote between Bond and Goldfinger.

    ~ Goldmember's name is not only a parody of Goldfinger, but also the Bond villain's obsession with gold. The scene where Goldmember explains his gold fetish is loosely similar to Goldfinger's monologue on the same subject
    ~ The shaguar has a bullet proof mechanism similar to the one Bond's car has in Goldfinger
    ~ The scene where Austin's father, Nigel is tied down with a laser heading toward his crotch is a reference to the iconic scene in Goldfinger

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  • A Hard Day's Night

    A Hard Day's Night

    International Man of Mystery
    ~ The introduction featuring Austin being chased by women is a parody of the iconic Beatles running from their fans sequence

  • In Like Flint

    In Like Flint

    In Like Flint is another film that heavily influenced Austin Powers

    The Spy Who Shagged Me
    ~ in the pre-credits sequence Austin sees the movie on TV

  • Independence Day

    Independence Day


    Spy Who Shagged Me
    ~ Dr Evil uses the clip of the space ship blowing up the White House to mess with the president when listing his demands

  • The Ipcress File

    The Ipcress File

    This isn't official, and maybe just a crazy coincidence, but in the third Austin Powers film Goldmember, Austin's father is played by Michael Caine, who played the secret agent character Harry Palmer in the underrated The Ipcress File and its sequels. The Palmer character has always been identified as the antithesis of Connery's James Bond. Sean Connery played Indiana Jones's father in the franchise's third film The Last Crusade. The reason why Connery was cast was because the James Bond character was an influence on Indiana Jones.

  • The Island of Dr. Moreau

    The Island of Dr. Moreau

    The Spy Who Shagged Me
    ~ The official direct influence for Mini-Me, right down to the scene with the pianos

  • Live and Let Die

    Live and Let Die


    International Man of Mystery
    ~ The slow moving pole that's supposed to sink Austin and Vanessa in the water with the ill-tempered mutant sea bass is taken from a similar mechanism used in Live and Let Die

  • The Man with the Golden Gun

    The Man with the Golden Gun

    The Spy Who Shagged Me
    ~ Not official, but I think many familiar with both films would agree that the relationship between Mini-Me and Dr Evil is very similar to Francis Scaramanga and his dwarf sidekick Nick Nack. Even more so the show Fantasy Island, as Herve Villechaize's character Tattoo sort of was like a visually mini version of Mr. Roarke.

    ~ Goldmember's golden gun is most likely a loose reference to The Man With the Golden Gun

  • Moonraker


    The Spy Who Shagged Me
    ~ Dr Evil's space station on the moon
    ~ Mini-Me shares a somewhat similar fate as Moonraker's main antagonist, Hugo Drax

  • Octopussy


    ~ The name of the big budget Austin Powers adaptation Spielberg is directing is called Austinpussy

  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    International Man of Mystery
    ~ The name of the bus Austin and Vanessa ride on is called "On Her Majesty's Las Vegas Bus Tour"
    ~ Austin's wardrobe is influenced by Lazenby's Bond, specifically the lace cravat.

  • The Spy Who Loved Me

    The Spy Who Loved Me

    The Spy Who Shagged Me
    ~ The film's title

    ~ Austin's underwater car is a direct reference/parody to the one used by Bond
    ~ Austin and Bond both use the same parachute

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back


    The Spy Who Shagged Me
    ~ The "I'm your father" scene is parodied toward the end of Spy Who Shagged Me

  • There's a Girl in My Soup

    There's a Girl in My Soup

    Peter Sellers's Roger Danvers was a primary influence on the Austin Powers character

  • The Thomas Crown Affair

    The Thomas Crown Affair

    International Man of Mystery
    ~ The film technique that shows multiple splitscreens of different things happening that are related to each other is used in the scene before Austin is thawed out of cryo

    Spy Who Shagged Me
    ~ The sexualized chess scene is a direct parody of a similar one in Thomas Crown Affair

  • Thunderball



    International Man of Mystery
    ~ The scene where Dr Evil casually tells his henchmen to do what they always do and hijack some nuclear weapons and hold the world hostage is a reference to Bond films in general, but Thunderball was the first to use the hijacked nukes as a plot device which was copied many more times over the decades (hence the "let's just do what we always do")
    ~ The scenes where Dr Evil presses a button that throws his henchmen down into a firey pit is a parody/reference to a scene early in Thunderball where Number 1/Blofeld presses a button that electrocutes one of his henchmen so bad he burns to a crisp
    ~ Thunderball's main antagonist, Emilio Largo is the direct influence for Number 2. Like Number 2, Largo literally is the Number 2 of SPECTRE (Blofeld/Dr Evil being Number 1) and they both wear an eye-patch
    ~ The scene where Austin and Number 2 meet and play blackjack is also a reference to a very similar scene in Thunderball
    ~ The scene where Austin punches a woman in the face because she's a man in disguise is taken from Thunderball's pre-credits sequence

    The Spy Who Shagged Me
    ~ The scene where Robin Spits gets Austin to dance with him so he'll be vulnerable to an assassin's knife throw is a parody of a similar scene in Thunderball.

    ~ The shaguar has a bullet proof mechanism similar to the one Bond's car has in Thunderball

  • You Only Live Twice

    You Only Live Twice


    International Man of Mystery
    ~ Blofeld is the main influence for Dr Evil, both visually and characteristics.
    ~ Alotta Fagina says a direct quote from Tiger Tanaka ("In Japan men come first and women come second")
    ~ The ill-tempered sea bass is a parody of the piranha pond.
    ~ Dr Evil mentions that his organization "does not tolerate failure", which Blofeld also says in this film.
    The Spy Who Shagged Me
    ~ Dr Evil's volcano lair
    ~ The look of Dr Evil's rocket/spaceship is modeled after the one featured in You Only Live Twice

    ~ The use of Tokyo as the main backdrop is influenced by You Only Live Twice
    ~ Foxy Cleopatra wears a disguise in the Fat Bastard segment that is very similar to what Aki wears in You Only Live Twice
    ~ Mr. Roboto and his building is a parody of Mr Osato and his base of operations