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    our man flint movie posterTitle: Our Man Flint

    Director: Daniel Mann

    Starring: James Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Gila Golan

    Release Date: Jan. 16, 1966

    Running Time: 108 min

    Genres: Adventure, Comedy

     

    Commentary
    Our Man Flint is a very funny spy film starring James Coburn as secret agent Derek Flint. Like its sequel In Like Flint which was released the following year, Our Man Flint is sort of a James Bond spoof, similar to Bond films in its use of fancy gadgets, beautiful women, and a sinister plot of world domination by an evil organization. James Coburn does a good job as a cool spy, somewhat in the likeness of Sean Connery.

    Plot Summary
    Derek Flint (Coburn), ex-agent of the organization Z.O.W.I.E., is pulled out of retiremenet by his former boss Lloyd Cramden (Cobb) to investigate Galaxy, an evil organization which is trying to blackmail all the governments of the world to join their organization by means of a weather control device they've developed. Flint is lured into fighting Galaxy by their section head Gila (Golan), who shoots a poison dart at Cramden. Flint is able to save Cramden's life by sucking the poison out of the wound.

    Flint follows Gila around Europe. By seducing her he's able to learn of Galaxy's location. Eventually he ends up at Galaxy, where the leaders of the organization try to get him to join. Gila ends up falling in love with Flint and helps him rescue his four playmates from a "pleasure unit" and destroy Galaxy.

    Cultural Significance
    Our Man Flint was one of many spy films from the '60s in the spirit of James Bond. Here are a few others:

    • Deadlier Than the Male (1966)
    • The Silencers (1966)
    • In Like Flint (1967)
    • Casino Royale (1967)

    Movie Clips

    Here's a scene in which a villainess tries to kill Flint with a poison dart.

     

     


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