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Film: Our Man Flint

A lighthearted 1966 parody of James Bond movies, starring James Coburn as super-mega-omnicool (ex-)Z.O.W.I.E. agent Derek Flint, along with Lee J. Cobb as his harried former boss, Lloyd Cramden. Flint is forced out of retirement to battle Galaxy, an organization led by a trio of Utopian Mad Scientists out to take over the world via their weather-control machine. His investigation leads him across Europe to Galaxy agents Gila and Rodney, and eventually Galaxy's secret headquarters. You can guess what happens then.

Easily one of the best of the slew of 1960s Bond imitations. A year later a sequel came out, In Like Flint, which was a fairly lackluster rehash. This, plus Coburn's reported desire to avoid being typecast in the role, put an end to any thought of an ongoing franchise, though many years later an in-name-only "sequel" was made for TV starring Ray Danton as Flint.

A major influence on the Austin Powers movies, to the point the sequel was explicitly referred to as being the title character's favorite movie.

Our Man Flint contains examples of:

In Like Flint features:

  • Ashes to Crashes: Flint escapes after falling onto a conveyor belt leading to a document incinerator during a fight scene. It helps that the villains thought they had finished him off. In a possibly deliberate homage to this scene, Diamonds Are Forever has James Bond being left for dead in an incinerator only to escape a fiery end.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Flint's ability to speak dolphin comes in handy during an infiltration.
  • Clock Discrepancy: Cramden discovers the plot to replace the President with an Evil Twin when he times the President's golf swing and his watch says it took 3 minutes.
  • Conveyor Belt-O-Doom
  • Disguised in Drag: By Cramden of all people.
  • Empty Quiver: The nukes that Gen. Carter takes control of on the space platform.
  • Face Nod Action
  • Follow the Bouncing Ball
  • Harmless Freezing: Flint's girlfriends and the cryogenic freezers.
  • Improbable Taxonomy Skills
  • Insane Troll Logic: At one point Flint breaks into Z.O.W.I.E's headquarters to investigate two people. The only information he manages to find on them is their heart rate measures, and he then declares the following:
    Flint: 80 heartbeats per minute. Must be Russian cosmonauts!
    • Female Russian cosmonauts.
  • Kill It with Fire: Narrowly avoided with the document incinerator scene. See Ashes to Crashes.
  • Kiss of Distraction: "Operation Smooch" at the end.
  • Murder by Cremation: In a government document-disposal complex, Flint (actually the guy he was fighting) is put into the incinerator and reduced to a pile of fine ash, riding there on a Conveyor Belt-O-Doom.
  • Parental Bonus: The title
  • Put on a Bus: Flint's harem from the first movie, all of whom have been replaced.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Flint teaches ballet.
  • Reflective Eyes
  • Space Is Noisy: Since space is an airless vacuum one should not be able to use sound waves to propel oneself through it...unless you're Derek Flint.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Flint is compiling a dolphin dictionary. Considering how well trained his dogs are it's conceivable he can talk to them as well.
  • Stand-In Portrait
  • Straw Feminist: the villains are essentially four women in the fashion and beauty industries who decide to take over the world because they believe women are superior to men in everything. As the movie came out before Second Wave Feminism took off, they are missing some of the more usual traits for this trope. They are also almost immediately betrayed by their male co-conspirators as soon as they reveal their plan to Flint
  • Sword of Damocles: The nuclear-armed space platorm (a.k.a. "Project Damocles") that Gen. Carter takes control of.


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alternative title(s): In Like Flint; Our Man Flint; In Like Flint
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