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:
- 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.
- 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.
- He's Dead, Jim: Flint can tell whether a man is dead just by holding and looking at his face briefly.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.