Our Man Flint..Best 60's Spy Movie Ever?

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  1. sheldon M.

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    I have always loved the Flint films especially the first. It's sense of humor and great cast (Lee J. Cobb and James Coburn) not to mention extremely cool music (I listen to the soundtrack all the time)make it a cut above any Bond, Matt Helm, or any others of the spy genre. It's got it all-hokey sci fi, hot women, impossibly badass hero, crazed scientists and a bad guy with an iron hand. Anyone agree?
     
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    I would have to agree with Mr. Tait. OMF is definitely not the best spy flick ever made. In fact, it was meant to be a parody of the much better Bond flicks.
     
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    As Edwin pointed out the Flint films are spoofs of the hugely successful Bond series, as much as I enjoyed Flint, particularly the first one, the Bond films are unbeatable.

    ps. there's a scene in Our Man Flint where Derek Flint has an encounter with 007.

    pps. A baddie in Our Man Flint is named Hans Gruber, also the name of the villain in Die Hard.
     
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    Man, I used to run to my local movie theater when a new Flint movie came out. My buddies and I were at the age when the "eye candy" of the Flint movies was something we always liked to watch on film.

    However, nobody beats James Bond with me, particularly the Connery films as "Goldfinger" will forever have a special place in my heart.




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    Which proves how redundant the Flint films were: Bond films are inherently self-parodying. [​IMG]
     
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    The Flint films are fun, but don't hold a candle to the 60s Bonds. I don't think the Bond films began as self-parodies, but they did degenerate as such (especially the Moore films, which is why I don't care for them much).
     
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    The Bond books are much more serious than the subsequent films. Fleming worked in intel during WWII but because of the British "official secrets acts" could hardly publish his memoirs. Hence he created a fictional alter-ego. I've never been much of a Bond-film fan because they lack the seriousness of the books. It would be interesting indeed if some of the books were re-made into serious dramatic films.

    Just consider this: the ultimate oxymoron is "world-famous secret agent."

    Heck the best spy movie made in the 1960's is "The President's Analyst." [​IMG]
     
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    The 2 Flint films are fun, but in no way do they compare to the Bond films. However they are better than the Matt Helm films, but not by much. I also prefer the Harry Palmer films over Flint, but those were done in a much more serious vein.
     
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    All I can say is Bore, James Bore. Yawwwnnnnnnnn. Only great Bond movies were Goldfinger and Thunderball. Coburn was 10 times cooler than Connery. When Coburn is dancing with the chicks during the swinging party scene it is the epitome of 60's go-go swinging-can you imagine Connery doing that? To those who say Flint was a parody of Bond I say Bond was a parody of reality.
     
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    No thank christ, if Bond did that in the 60's the films would have been as shortlived as the Flints. Although Sean Connery did do a mean tango in the rogue Bond,
    Never Say Never Again.[​IMG]

    Have fun watching and rewatching all your Flint films.
     
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    Ahh if only they were.
     
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    All dramas are to some extent. And if you consider Bonds to be that, why do you prefer films that are even more so?
     
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    Possibly. He certainly dropped many an 'A', along with Leary. [​IMG]
     
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    Cause I like honesty not pretension.
     
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    Are you serious?! What part of the notion that a stopwatch could stop time qualifies as "honest?"
     
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    For a completely different type of spy film, I would suggest that The Spy Who Came in from the Cold with superb performances from Richard Burton, Claire Bloom and Oskar Werner might be the pick of the 60s spy films.

    And in the less serious vein, Carol Reed’s Our Man in Havana with Alex Guinness and a great supporting cast (where else would you see Ralph Richardson and Ernie Kovacs in the same film), is tremendous fun.
     
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    The Flint films are OK but as others have said they don't come close to the 60's Bond films.

    I also prefer the Harry Palmer films & the best serious spy film - The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.

    Haven't seen The Presidents Analyst but want to.

    Another excellent 60's spy film not mentioned is The Counterfeit Traitor.
     
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    Matt Helm also did the go-go dancing. Actually I rate Flint below Bond and Helm. Colburn was good but just not as fun as Bond or Martin for some reason.
     
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    Isn't "best 60s spy movie" sort of like "biggest ant" or "smallest ocean"?

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