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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 when his fellow agents begin dropping like flies, Z.O.W.I.E. assigns Flint the task of finding out who the killers happen to be. Eventually, Flint discovers that the killings are all part of the wicked machinations of G.A.L.A.X.Y., a cadre of world-wide villainy that plans to take over the world through weather control. Our Man Flint also stars Lee J. Cobb, Gila Golan, and Edward Mulhare. A sequel, In Like Flint, followed two years later, and in 1976, the character was revived for a TV movie, Our Man Flint: Dead on Target, with Ray Danton taking over the role of Derek Flint. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

James Coburn
as Derek Flint
Lee J. Cobb
as Cramden
Edward Mulhare
as Malcolm Rodney
Benson Fong
as Dr. Schneider
Rhys Williams
as Dr. Krupov
Russ Conway
as American General
Bill Walker
as American Diplomat
James Brolin
as Technician
Robert Gunner
as 0008 (uncredited)
Harry Monty
as Uncredited
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Critic Reviews for Our Man Flint

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (4)

The gimmickry congeals.

Full Review… | October 18, 2011
TIME Magazine
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[A] dazzling, action-jammed swashbuckling spoof.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Variety
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It becomes a parade of nonsense, a steal on the comic strips.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Jaunty.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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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]

Full Review… | February 20, 2013
Groucho Reviews

Groovy, baby.

Full Review… | October 18, 2011
Film4

Audience Reviews for Our Man Flint

One interesting element here is that while initially intended as an over-the-top sendup of the ever popular Bond films of the time, that the Bond films themselves became so much like the spoofs that in retrospect both seem indistinguishable anymore. James Coburn obviously loved the chance at playing the cooler-than-cool (ice cold) uberman, Derek Flint, and its in his relishing the part that the most fun is had here. Lotsa hot babes (mainly as background eye candy) and imaginary gadgets (that still haven't been invented) abound. Its so good ... that it could count as a Bond film (sorry Cubby).

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Many people point to this as one of the best spy movies of the 60s along with 007, but I wasn't that impressed with it. The style is more interesting than a Bond movie, but I didn't care for Coburn's character, he seemed too flawless. Overall it's okay, though, especially if you love spy movies.

Aj V
Aj V

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A classic of the spy-genre, in its all-out parody glory. Age has only added a new sheen of humor, as we guffaw at the retro aura (the kung-fu grips, the 1960's womanizing, go-go dancing, and ridiculous faux-buddhist upper-class chicness. Our Man Flint is an essential entry in the genre of parody, and actually manages to stand on its own without knowledge of what it is trying to parody in a way that the more recent (and less sophisticated) Austin Powers has managed to do. Yet where Austin Powers is slapstick hilarity, Our Man Flint is buffoonishly mock-serious.... a parody style that fits the spy-film genre far more comfortably and more satisfyingly... and has aged remarkably well for a highly topical parody.

Daniel Hetteix
Daniel Hetteix

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