Our Man Flint (1966)


“Flint, the government needs you.” – Mr. Cramden

“Yes, well, it’s good to be wanted, sir.” – Drek Flint

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Mar 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A superspy is sent on a mission to stop an evil organization from taking over the word due to their new weather machine which threatens destruction on all who oppose them.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about a few years back yet never had much of desire to see what it was all about.

This movie is obviously a response to the overwhelming response to the films of James Bond during the 1960’s.

James Coburn is no Sean Connery, yet he still manages to give us a suave character who does things in a similar fashion to the renowned British superspy.

This movie is both a parody and an homage to the films of 007 and they get so much right in making both the character and the situations he gets himself into quite reminiscent to the films of Bond from that era.

The villain is a bit absurd in all that he does and that also shows how silly some of the Bond themes can be.

The plot of the film is a bit too simple and straightforward and that hurts things a bit too much because it never reaches a point where we can really care about what happens of even feel any suspense.

Lee J. Cobb is great as Coburn’s superior and the film is able to give us some nice jokes between the two of them that work well.

This keeps things fun and light along the way.

Since things never reach a complex level it unfortunately comes across as being less appealing than the standard Bond flick of that era.

Bottom Line – Interesting response to the James Bond phenomena of the 1960’s. Coburn acts in a very suave way and is reminiscent of the British superspy. This film is both an homage and a parody of the way 007 works and they get so much of it right that we can easily see the absurdity of it all. That being said, the plot of this film is a bit too simple and that hurts things too much. Cobb is fun as Flint’s superior and they have some great jokes that help keep things light and fun despite the fact that things never reach a complex level which makes it slightly less appealing than one would hope for.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Flint ‘relaxes’ (suspending his body supported only by 2 chairs: one under his head, & one under his heels – the rest, with no support), it was not a special effects shot; James Coburn was able to do so, and it was incorporated into the script. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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