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Our Man Flint Reviews

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November 29, 2015
The difficulty with parody of '60s spy dramas is telling the difference between the intentionally absurd and a regular Bond film. Almost every ridiculous feature of this film showed up in later Bond films, from the plot to destroy the world except for a few elites (Moonraker) to the hero's ability to stop his heart through meditation (Die Another Day). It even manages to presage Blofeld's hidden island lair from You Only Live Twice (released the following year). About the only hint that it's a parody come in its self-referential jokes, such as agent 0008 blaming Spectre or Flint rejecting a very Bondsian briefcase. So what we're left with is a spy parody that feels like a regular '60s spy film except where the hero is even more annoyingly perfect than Bond. This still makes it perfectly watchable as a '60s action film, and probably the best of the Bond knockoffs, but if you want pure parody you're better off trying the Austin Powers films (which copy this film a lot actually, from the evil plan to hold the Earth for ransom to the forklift murder) which are a bit more openly parodic.
½ December 1, 2014
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
July 27, 2014
Flint is the secret agent Bond only wishes he could be. And this is in part where the film is flawed.
See Flint is a secret agent who practically knows everything, is skilled in everything, can determine all the ingredients by looking, tasting and smelling something and is almost godlike in his abilities. So it's less about IF he's going to save the day but rather just how long it's going to take him to do so.
Flint is just too over powered to make this an enjoyable action film.
Now as a campy look at spy films in the vein of a Spy Hard, Get Smart or Austin Powers, Our Man Flint works pretty well.
Unfortunately I don't believe that is the intentions behind the film. Flint was created as competition to Bond in the hopes of trying to create a better spy. An agent people would prefer to James Bond because he was just that much better. But humans are flawed, and superhumans should stay in comic books (or comic book movies!). Still, Our Man Flint is quite enjoyable and worth a laugh or two whether deliberate or not.
Super Reviewer
June 23, 2014
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).
½ February 22, 2014
Even though it's silly to the point of being groan worthy at times, it's still pretty funny.
October 14, 2013
Another James Bond knock-off, this one done more in the Austin Powers style, that is 30 years earlier, though. Im really no Bond fan, so this didnt appeal to me either. Over the top with the gadgets and the ladies.
July 7, 2013
A James Bond spoof starring James Coburn. I thought Gila Golan was very pretty in this and wondered why she really didn't do very many movies.
½ May 26, 2013
Ridiculously fun, ludicrously adept at spoofing the spy craze. Kind of meanders after the first 45 minutes.
May 23, 2013
Great James Bond type movie in which Flint is the coolest of cool (actually better than some on the "Bond" movies)
May 9, 2013
Before Austin Powers and Maxwell Smart there was Derek Flint. Released at the height of the Bond craze, it's the best spy spoof of the era.
½ February 26, 2013
This is a really cool movie, A James Bond/Austin Powers type flick.
August 20, 2012
This is a very solid spy movie. It's not as good as Thunderball or From Russia, but still fun and worth a watch.
½ July 25, 2012
Good spoof spy for its time, coburn does a good job keeping things serious but amusing
½ June 17, 2012
A goofy, swinging spy spoof that offers James Coburn in a very funny turn, Lee J. Cobb as his harried boss (another fun performance), and an endearingly silly premise that starts at "over the top" and takes off from there. In fact, even being a parody, the film does almost go a bit too far, threatening to get lost in its own cleverness, but it manages to stay mostly on track, and the final result is quite entertaining (if a little uneven).
½ May 13, 2012
James Coburn's best movie
December 20, 2011
Awesome
(must be said in falsetto)
November 26, 2011
In this hilarious spy and exciting action adventure, Flint battles Gila, the sexy and savvy head agent whose organization is planning to destroy the world. It's a task that demands all of Flint's awesome powers of dedication and - most of all - seduction.

stars James Coburn, Lee J Cobb, Gila Golan, Edward Mulhare, Benson Fong, Shelby Grant, Sigrid Valdis, Gianna Serra, Helen Funai, Rhys Williams, Russ Conway, Ena Hartman, William Walker, Peter Brocco, James Brolin, Michael St. Clair and Harry Monty.

directed by Daniel Mann.
October 16, 2011
I really cant stand James Coburn, but the 60's super spy FLINT series is funny. I still prefer the MATT HELM series with Dean Martin or MODESTY BLAISE tho.
Super Reviewer
August 29, 2011
If you liked Austin Powers....
August 16, 2010
1966 saw both Dean Martin (as Matt Helm in "The Silencers") and James Coburn here as Derek Flint on screen in shameless copycatters of the James Bond franchise, which by that point was an undeniably proven product through its four outings -- "Dr. No" (1962), "From Russia With Love" (1963), "Goldfinger" (1964) and "Thunderball" (1965). Ok, "Our Man Flint" doesn't have anywhere near the same bite as any of those Bond classics, mostly because it's missing any well-done action scenes as well as any whiz-bang gizmo-gimmickry. Still, it's interesting to watch, in large part due to Coburn's subtle and playful poking at the Bond franchise. When Coburn's handed a Walther PPK pistol - Bond's standard issue - he quips its outdated. And at film's fin, Coburn's too busy to take The President's phone call, not because he's snuggling up with the usual babe-once-nemesis now won over, but because he's snuggling up with HER AND four other women, his regular squeezes, all at the same time. Menage a CINQ -- top THAT James Bond! Maybe Bond needs a suitcase full of gadgets, but uber-spy-guy Flint only needs one: a cigarette lighter (that looks suspiciously like a classic Dunhill Rollagas) that does 86 different things - "87 if you count that it can light a cigarette" - which he uses to talk to HQ merely by flipping up the lid. And to think Bond needs to tote around all that complicated stuff just to phone home. "Flint" sends up Bond as omniscient Renaissance man by going over-the-top, by making Coburn even more omniscient than Bond; Flint's flying to Moscow for the ballet - not to see it, but to train the dancers. Viewed not as action spy flick but rather as sly satire, "Flint" is actually more satisfying viewing than the more slapstick send-up of Bond in "Casino Royale" (1967). RECOMMENDATION: One-spin recommended, when the mood for such strikes.
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