Our Man Flint (1966)
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James Coburn stars as super-spy Derek Flint in this action comedy which takes the tongue-in-cheek wit of the James Bond series and shifts it into high gear. Flint is an ultra-sophisticated operative of international intelligence agency Z.O.W.I.E. He's a master of martial arts, electronic gadgetry (his cigarette lighter can perform 83 special functions), languages both human and animal (he can communicate with dolphins in a pinch), and even gives ballet lessons to the dancers of the Bolshoi. So
Jan 16, 1966 Wide
Jul 16, 2002
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Lee J Cobb
Michael St. Clair
To the extent that Our Man Flint works, it does so due to its tossed-off wit...and the sheer oddity of Coburn, the toothy, gangly character actor who nevertheless charms his way into stardom here with laid-back cool. [Blu-ray]
Pitched somewhere between homage and parody, Our Man Flint looks snazzier than ever in Twilight Time's impressive Blu-ray transfer, rounded out with a compelling roster of extras old and new. All that's missing is a cigarette lighter with 83 uses.
The plot is the usual hokum and Edward Mulhare isn't really eccentric enough to compete in the villainy stakes, but Coburn is plainly enjoying himself so much, and the trimmings are so stylish, that it's impossible not to enjoy.
The script is loaded with holes and the direction is tired, but the film is still one of the better Bond spoofs.
Coasts along on two things: Coburn's incredible charm, and the dazzlement of a film that plays like it was built from the ground up to capture everything aesthetically and socially that defined 1965.
The best of the spy-spoof bunch ... a hyper-kitschy and entertaining time capsule starring James Coburn as a Bond surrogate played so straight you could shave with him.
The best of the pre-Austin Powers spy spoofs, with sharp writing and plenty of Bond allusions.
Bright spy spoof.
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