A satirical 1967 film starring James Coburn
as the man recruited to be the eponymous individual; the stress of the job soon sends him on the run, with the knowledge gained from his sessions making him the target of every intelligence agency on the planet. Not to mention the most sinister entity of all: The Phone Company.
Contains examples of:
- Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: The movie is packed full of zaniness and ridiculous over-the-top satire, but it opens with a an emotional, painful monologue from Godfrey Cambridge about a childhood experience with racism.
- Affably Evil: The Phone Company and most of the secret agents in the movie are actually quite friendly people. Ruthless, but friendly.
- Canada, Eh?: Every intelligence agency.
- Chekhov's Gun: Once the final villain is revealed, go back and watch the movie again: Much of the seemingly random events that drive the plot will make perfect sense.
- CIA Evil, FBI Good: Inverted. The names were changed because the FBI didn't like how they were portrayed in the film.
- Deadpan Snarker: The two FBR agents sent to kill our hero, one of whom is enormously bitter over the other being given a license to kill.
- Eagleland: Gleefully, enjoyably Type I.
- Phone Booth: Coburn's character's gets kidnapped by The Phone Company while trying to use one. They load the whole booth with him in it onto one of their trucks.
- Properly Paranoid: Everyone is spying on everyone else. The trick is not minding it.
- Punch Clock Villain: The main CIA and KGB agents are good pals. They also figure out they have a common enemy: the Phone Company.
- Rogue Agent: Kropotkin is supposed to capture Sidney but ends up rescuing him.
- Sinister Surveillance: Played straight but then subverted by the Ambiguous Ending where the analyst and all the other major characters seem happily oblivious that they're still being watched by the Phone Company.
- The Sixties: The movie hits pretty much every possible stereotype of the era, from
- Slipping a Mickey: Our hero has this done to him at one point, during the "acid trip" sequence.
- You Are Number Six: The Phone Company wants to make it the law that the only legally recognized name would be a phone number.