The President's Analyst (1967)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Political Satire, Spy Comedy  |   Release Date - Dec 21, 1967 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Mark Deming

The success of the first James Bond movies in the early 1960s inspired a number of spoofs featuring ultra-suave secret agents facing perils even more absurd than the ones thrown at Bond (which already verged on self-parody). The President's Analyst, however, appears to be a parody of these parodies, and it appropriately features James Coburn, the star of one of the best Bond take-offs, Our Man Flint. Overflowing with comic anarchy and a cynically cheeky attitude about the state of the world in 1967, the film runs head first into international espionage, the CIA and the FBI (even if it changes their names), the politics of assassination, the counter-culture, consciousness-expanding drugs, life in suburbia, and the unexplored dangers of the telephone company. It's filled to bursting with inspired ideas, and nearly all of them work, thanks to Flicker's breakneck pacing and top-shelf work by a great comic cast including Coburn, Godfrey Cambridge, Severn Darden, Pat Harrington, William Daniels, and Will Geer. Theodore J. Flicker never made another film that matched the oddball brilliance of The President's Analyst; perhaps he used all his best ideas in one shot, but you can't deny that he made the most of them.