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:
- The Ace/Parody Sue: Flint, of course.
- Affectionate Parody
- Bald of Evil
- Bar Brawl: A faked version between Flint and 0008 (Triple O 8).
- Beyond the Impossible: Noted in-universe. Both movies feature a scene where, when the authorities learn Flint has survived, someone remarks, "That's impossible!" Kramden answers, "Of course it's impossible! That's why he's Flint!"
- Big Badass Bird of Prey: Galaxy has an Anti-American Eagle.
- Big Electric Switch: Flint throws several of these in the Galaxy communications room.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Flint's live-in playmates.
- Brainwashed: Galaxy's Pleasure Units.
- The Can Kicked Him: The unlamented Hans Gruber.
- Chekhov's Gun: Flint's watch and its alarm feature.
- Chekhov's Skill: Flint's suspended animation and fencing abilities.
- Check Please: Flint's comment when he realizes that he's at the wrong restaurant.
- Collapsing Lair
- CPR (Clean, Pretty, Reliable): After shocking a guard's heart back into beating, Flint does some mild chest compression on him.
- Disney Villain Death: Two Galaxy security guards, while fighting Flint on a catwalk.
- Doesn't Like Guns
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: Galaxy's broadcast to the world of their plans and demands.
- Dressing as the Enemy: Flint does it twice while infiltrating Galaxy island.
- Drive-In Theater: A fake one, used for sex-fantasy play.
- Evil Brit: Rodney
- Face Nod Action: The main Galaxy agents do this twice.
- Fun with Acronyms: The Zonal Organization for World Intelligence and Espionage. Atypically, "Galaxy" is not an example of this.
- Gadget Watches: Flint has one which combines a sleep alarm and microscope. His lighter acts as a bomb detector and radio (with 80+ other functions).
- Go-Go Enslavement: Gila is dressed in a bikini, then put in the brainwashing machine.
- Groin Attack: Flint does it to Rodney in Galaxy headquarters.
- Hand Signals: Both Rodney and Gila use them to command their Galaxy minions.
- Harmless Electrocution
- Heel-Face Turn
- He's Dead, Jim: Flint can tell whether a man is dead just by holding and looking at his face briefly.
- Holding the Floor
- Hypnotize the Princess: Galaxy does this to Gila to turn her into a pleasure slave.
- Instrument of Murder: Gila and her commandeered harp.
- Island Base: Galaxy's headquarters.
- It Was Here, I Swear: A taxi driver takes Flint to the offices of Exotica. Galaxy operatives later cause the building to sink into the ground and set up a cafe in its place. When the taxi driver brings the authorities to look for Flint, he appears to have gone crazy when he claims there was a building there.
- Letting Her Hair Down: Gila does this to signal to Flint that she's in the mood for love.
- Magical Defibrillator
- Magic Plastic Surgery
- Mandatory Unretirement
- Mind-Control Device
- Only Mostly Dead: The guard that Flint brings back to life.
- Poisoned Weapons: Gila's harp-propelled needle and Flint's curare-tipped fly-killing blowgun dart.
- Pressure Point: Flint, to several Galaxy personnel.
- Railing Kill: Subverted at least twice.
- Refusal of the Call: Rule of Three
- Renaissance Man
- Safe Cracking: When Flint opens the Exotica Beauty company safe.
- Shoe Phone: Flint's lighter.
- Shout Out: "All I have to do is take a bite of your apple?"
- Sleight of Tongue
- Spy Versus Spy
- Stealth Parody: The movie rarely cracks wise and mostly plays everything straight, just very, very exaggerated.
- Styrofoam Rocks: In the climax, one of Flint's fleeing girlfriends is hit by a styrofoam "boulder" and it bounces right off.
- Superpower Lottery: Did we mention that Flint is super-mega-omnicool?
- The DVD commentary lists Flint's accomplishments, as noted in an early version of the script. Basically, Flint is the most amazing mortal man ever.
- Swiss-Army Weapon
- Tempting Fate: Lloyd Cramden is sure they have the enemy cornered...
- Trojan Horse: After Galaxy traps Flint inside an air-tight chamber, he places himself in suspended animation (and appears to be dead) so Galaxy will takes his body to its Island Base.
- Up to Eleven: the method of parodying James Bond: Anything Bond does, Flint does better.
- Utopia Justifies the Means
- Weather Control Machine
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Galaxy leadership.
- Villainous Breakdown: Rodney, for about ten seconds before the roof caves in on him.
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