If defining a generation's your thing, here's the master class, an filmic anatomy course in giving the people what they want (circa 1960, yah?) in spades. And so what do the people want? Let's look at the film to see.
A lead with all the answers, courageous, on-the-job and yet not too on-the-job to take a detour every now and then (If the reason's sexy enough), civilized and yet ready to rough-and-tumble should the need occur. Check.
The women? Competent, alluring, able to do any man's job (forgive me) and more, and yet still submissive? Check.
Our villain? Sophisticated, worldly (portly, too), ingenious, conniving, ruthless. Check. Did I mention ruthless yet? Check again.
Henchman? Strong. Silent. Ready to kill. And yet stylishly coiffed with a derby. Check.
Let's get ready to rumble.