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Film: OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions) is a 2006 French satirical film lampooning European spy movies, Connery-era James Bond films, and French political context of the 1950s. Jean Dujardin (who physically resembles a young Sean Connery) plays Hubert, a.k.a. OSS 117, a French secret agent sent to Cairo to investigate the mysterious disappearances both of another OSS agent and a ship full of illegal weaponry. His prowess in hand-to-hand combat and seduction is matched by his bumbling stupidity and utter ignorance of Muslim culture.

Based on a not-at-all satirical series of spy novels. Followed by a sequel, OSS 117: Lost in Rio.


OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Affectionate Parody
  • Ambiguously Gay: Played for comedy. 117's fond recollections of his time with his old buddy are cartoonishly homoerotic. He also has an overly disgusted reaction to the thought of two men having sex, which suggests that he's "protesting too much." At one point he tells Larmina that her charms are almost enough for him to "switch teams," although he's talking more about joining the Eagles of Kheops.
  • Animated Credits Opening
  • Argentina Is Naziland: In a earlier mission, 117 is tasked with recovering a suitcase from a Nazi wanting to fly in Buenos Aires in 1945.
  • Artistic License - History: Played horribly, horribly straight by 117. He seems to think the Suez Canal was built by the Ancient Egyptians, and the Pyramids were completed last week with international help.
  • Bad Boss: Muller.
    Moktar: I told you, you should have tied him up.
    (BLAM!)
    Muller: I told you to shut up.
  • Becoming the Mask: 117 quickly becomes more interested in raising chickens than in being a spy.
  • Black Bra and Panties: Ladies and gentlemen, Bérénice Bejo.
  • Blasting It out of Their Hands: 117 to the princess toward the end. His second shot, however...
  • Call Forward: "Egypt will have peace for centuries to come."
  • Cat Fight
  • Character Title
  • Clothing Damage: During the Cat Fight between Larmina and the princess.
  • Cringe Comedy
  • Dead Partner: OSS 117 is investigating the disappearance of his partner Jack Jefferson, who's believed to have been murdered.
  • Distracted by the Sexy:
    • 117 overpowers, undresses (to her undies) and ties up a woman in the Eagles of Kheops' lair (Larmina); when he opens the door, three Mooks stop him, then stare at the barely-dressed pretty woman behind him.
    • Also works on 117, who is clearly enjoying the Cat Fight by the end too much to actually do something to stop it.
  • The Ditz: The hero.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: 117's handgun. He can load and unload it. It has a great coefficient of penetration.
  • Dramatic Curtain Toss: Parodied; Moeller attempts this, but only manage to rip off a piece of the swatiska-adorned curtain.
  • Driving a Desk: Done deliberately as part of the homage to old Bond flicks.
  • Expy: The Eagles of Kheops for the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Jean Dujardin had a lot of fun with this trope.
  • The Fifties
  • Going by the Matchbook: Subverted. 117 completely fails to comprehend an important clue in a matchbook.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Both the dagger bottle and bottle as bludgeon are used during the fight in the hotel room.
  • Hair Reboot: 117 passes a hand over his bed-head and his hair is instantly styled.
  • High Heel-Face Turn: Larmina, sort of. She still believes in the ideals of the Eagles of Keops, she's just willing to work with OSS 117 to overthrow their leader because he assassinated her father.
  • Historical In-Joke:
    • 117 recently arrived from Algeria, comes to Cairo to deal with the Suez Canal Crisis, and at the end of the movie he's heading to French Indochina. Historically, all three situations were massive disasters for France.
    • Also, OSS 117's over-the-top affection for (space-filling nonentity) French President René Coty.
  • Hollywood Darkness: All night scenes are shot on sunny days with a blue filter, in keeping with the parody of 1960s filmmaking.
  • Idiot Hero: And racist, too.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: "Now, princess, you're going to tell me exactly what—" (shoots)
  • Innocently Insensitive: How 117 has a tendency to come across. He's not trying to be racist/intolerant of Islam, he just knows almost nothing about either Egypt or Muslims.
  • Insult Backfire: After 117 makes a particularly ignorant statement, his love interest remarks, "You are very French." He takes it as a compliment.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Hilariously inverted. Several times in the movie, 117 speaks about René Coty (French president of the era), whom he describes as a great man who will leave his mark in history. René Coty was largely forgotten in the later decades... until the release of the movie. Nowadays, Coty is mostly remembered as "this obscure French president who is refered in the OSS 117 movie and receives a wrong posthumous fame".
  • Lysistrata Gambit: Works even with women who are trying to kill him.
  • The Mole: Larmina is working for the Eagles of Kheops, a Muslim Brotherhood-esque organization.
  • Monochrome Past: The 1945 intro.
  • Neck Snap: 117 to Setine (the Soviet agent).
  • Not So Different: Muller and OSS have the same fond memories about their respective friends.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: The chicken guy can't decide whether 117 is very, very stupid or very, very talented.
  • Overly-Long Gag:
    • The way 117 chases the villain down the streets of Cairo, pausing dramatically at every single intersection to glance around, then dashing decisively off in one direction... and ultimately getting lost.
    • Also, the guy who's constantly on the phone informing his boss that 117 has arrived somewhere.
  • Patriotic Fervor: 117 demonstrates why this is a bad thing in diplomacy.
  • Politically Correct History: Completely averted.
  • Refuge in Audacity: 117, unable to go to sleep because of the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer. He climbs the muezzing and starts fighting the guy, knocks him out and goes back to sleep.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: Subverted. Camera pans away from 117 and his lover, to a bouquet of roses on a table — and then to a mirror showing the two thrusting at each other, fully clothed. Whereupon the camera hastily pans back to the roses.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Moktar, the Genre Savvy Mook: "You should tie him, colonel."
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Lampshaded. "Blah blah blah. Funny how Nazis are always the bad guys. Hello, OSS 117? We are in 1955. Can we have a second chance? Thanks!"
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Parodied. At the end of the movie, 117 is clearly more interested in watching the dramatic fireworks than kissing.
  • Video Credits


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