Our Man Flint (1966)

Genres - Action, Comedy, Spy Film  |   Sub-Genres - Glamorized Spy Film, Parody/Spoof  |   Release Date - Jan 16, 1966 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

The devoted fans of the Austin Powers movies should be sure to take a look at Our Man Flint to see what Mike Myers is really spoofing. Flint, a spoof of the Bond films, actually has more of the groovy 1960s edge that the Powers films riff on. Flint is not as outlandishly funny as Myers' work, but it is in its own way as silly and provides plenty of good laughs along the way, as well as some well executed action sequences. The sets and costumes are a riot in themselves, perfectly capturing the period in which the film was made; they were amusing at the time but they're hilarious now. More importantly, James Coburn is absolute perfection as the title character. He looks fantastic, exactly the way Flint should look. More importantly, he has that "personification of cool" attitude done to a "t" -- never obnoxiously cool so that one finds him annoying or a poseur, but the amazing kind of cool that makes one wish one could be him, even for just a few minutes. Lee J. Cobb, not noted for appearing in comedies, also does very well as the superior who doesn't want to have to use Flint, and the rest of the cast is fine, even if Gila Golan's dramatic talents are far outweighed by her physical talents. Flint's script gets bogged down in a couple of places and Daniel Mann's direction isn't as sprightly as one might wish, but overall Flint is a fun way to pass some time.