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Hey! Our Man Flint!

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On the spy spoof nite tomorrow. The first and better of the two James Coburn Flint movies. Looking forward to it. There are others I can think of that could make one or two more nights of spoofs (without any more Matt Helm movies). They include Casino Royale (the good version with David Niven and Peter Sellers), Some Girls Do, Deadlier Than the Male, and Modesty Blaise.

 

Thanks, TCM!

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I only know of Modesty through the daily comic strip my newspaper used to carry. I've never seen any of the movies.

 

 

 

Spy spoofs can be a lot of fun. Especially if they're NOT INTENDED to be spoofs!

 

So far, my favorite remains *What's Up, Tiger Lily* .

 

Sepiatone

 

Edited by: Sepiatone on May 20, 2013 10:44 AM

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Only thing I like about the movie Modesty Blaise is Bogarde's amazon chucking that guy over the cliff after she throttles him with her legs. :D:D:D Hey, later on Dino in The Silencers and Murderer's Row.

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Our man Flint is hands down my favorite of the Bond parodies from the mid 60's. I just read the TCM review of the movie, and they made the point, with which I agree, that most of the parody elements are in the first few minutes of the film. After that, it becomes a pretty good action-thriller, with comedic elements thrown in. The biggest running joke of the two movies, in my mind, is the exaggeration of the diverse set of skills Flint has. He can literally do anything, from talking to dolphins, to teaching ballet to stopping and starting his own heart. I think Our Man Flint is head and shoulders above its sequel In Like Flint, and Our Man is the only spy parody from the 60's that really generates much action and suspense. The others are too funny to be suspenseful. Having said all this, I would also say that I have always been a big fan of the films from the 60's "spy craze" and love them all, whether serious or parody. The Quiller Memorandum and The Ipcress File are my two favorites, but there were many good serious spy films of that era, and a lot of good fun parodies. And they all had such great theme music! I'd like to see TCM do a 60's spy movie theme one month. Edited by: prc1966 on May 20, 2013 1:02 PM

 

Edited by: prc1966 on May 20, 2013 1:04 PM

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THIS showed a film called *OK Connery* about six months ago. It was a James Bond knockoff with an interesting gimmick. The lead was Neil Connery, the brother of Sean Connery. Actually, the film wasn't to good as you can imagine.

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>prc1966:

> I'd like to see TCM do a 60's spy movie theme one month

 

A great idea. It would give them the opportunity to show the Harry Palmer movies.

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I always thought of the TIMOTHY DALTON Bond movies as Bond parodies.

 

 

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You could probably add most of the Roger Moore Bond flicks to that list too, Sepia. In fact, up until the present and decidedly more serious Daniel Craig editions, the Bond franchise had considerably gone toward the campy end of the spectrum since the first few Connery films, and which in even his last appearance as the spy in Diamonds Are Forever began down that path.

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Indeed, slaytonf. The Harry Palmer films would be top of my list (I never cared much for The Billion Dollar Brain, though). There were lots of others they could showcase. The Venetian Affair, based on Helen MacInnes' book and starring Robert Vaughn is a good atmospheric spy flick from 1968. I've already mentioned The Quiller Memorandum. Richard Burton in The Spy Who Came In From the Cold would be a must. Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren in Arabesque. I think they'd find it easy to put together enough titles to do a weekly 60's Spy Night one month. A spy parody night, a "spying is a lonely, dirty business" night, a Euro-spy night. It would make for a great month of viewing!

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Although TCM has already shown it, I wouldn't mind seeing Dandy in Aspic again.

 

 

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