Directed by Daniel Mann

Review by Gary W. Tooze

As a youth I fondly recall many hours of enjoyment immersing myself in the world of super-spy Derek Flint. His satirical "coolness" was oblivious to me, as I took him at face value as a secret agent in the "James Bond" mold (not unlike Dean Martin's "Matt Helm").  I would camp myself in front of the television marveling at his high-tec gadgets, depth of knowledge and assured confidence with the fairer sex. Actually, not much has changed. 

This film, the first of two Derek Flint adventures, captures a certain 60's aura of allusive discipline, free love and wild, uninhibited vibrant decor so perfectly, all while maintaining a style that seems impossible to reproduce.

In this yarn, ripe with references to Bond and world powers of evil, Derek is reluctantly brought on by his old boss Cramden (played by Lee J. Cobb) and ZOWIE (Zonal Organization World Intelligence Espionage) to save the world from weather-manipulating scientists. 

Exhibiting abilities ranging from culinary expert detective, master of disguise and Indian Fakir-like heart control, Derek, surrounding by his entourage of intelligent beauties, appears up to the task.

Its hard to imagine anyone but James Coburn in this role as he essentially defined Flint with his portrayal.

Still great fun to watch and nostalgically admire the psychedelic colors and sexist tone of the film. I admit to still having a soft spot for this genre and compared to other imitators, this is by far the king of the hill. 

The added touches make this film for me; the American eagle trained to spot and attack Americans, Derek's code based on a progression of 40-26-36 and a stethoscope built inside his shirt in which the buttons become the earpieces. 

Its not "Citizen Kane", but it wasn't meant to be. With many of my previous film selections it is obvious I am a big fan of style and this film has it in abundance. out of

DVD and Film Details

 
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Overall, I was a little disappointed in the quality of the anamorphic image of this 2.35:1 ratio film. The colors are not as bright or vibrant as they could have been. Although "washed out" may be strong, I would suggest that my childhood memories are brighter than the Fox DVD. The monaural sound (wonderful Jerry Goldsmith track) is clear. The only extras are trailers for other "spy spoof" films such as "Fathom" with Raquel Welch and "Modesty Blaise" with Monica Vitti. The keep case is fittingly red and the artwork (above) is in keeping in tune with the 60's decor of the film. I had high expectations, but was still satisfied and it will not stop me from giving this out of .
Full Cast and Crew for
Our Man Flint (1965) 


Directed by 
Daniel Mann (I) 

Writing credits 
Hal Fimberg (also story) 
Ben Starr 

Cast (in credits order) complete, awaiting verification 
James Coburn .... Derek Flint 
Lee J. Cobb .... Cramden 
Gila Golan .... Gila 
Edward Mulhare .... Malcolm Rodney 
Benson Fong .... Dr. Schneider 
Shelby Grant .... Leslie 
Sigrid Valdis .... Anna 
Gianna Serra .... Gina 
Helen Funai .... Sakito 
Michael St. Clair .... Hans Gruber 
Rhys Williams (I) .... Dr. Krupov 
Russ Conway (I) .... American General 
Ena Hartman .... WAC 
William Walker (I) .... American Diplomat 
Peter Brocco .... Dr. Wu 
James Brolin .... Technician 
rest of cast listed alphabetically 
Joe Gray .... Security Guard (uncredited) 
James Gregory (I) .... Eagle handler (uncredited) 
Robert Gunner .... Agent 0008 (uncredited) 
Roy Jenson (I) .... Gridley (uncredited) 
Harry Monty (uncredited) 
Tura Satana .... 2nd Dancer (uncredited) 
Dick Wilson (I) .... Supervisor of conditioning (uncredited) 

Produced by 
Saul David .... producer 

Original music by 
Jerry Goldsmith 

Cinematography by 
Daniel L. Fapp 

Film Editing by 
William Reynolds (II) 

Art Direction by 
Ed Graves 
Jack Martin Smith 

Set Decoration by 
Raphael Bretton 
Walter M. Scott 

Costume Design by 
Ray Aghayan 

Makeup Department 
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist 
Ben Nye (I) .... makeup artist 

Production Management 
Saul Wurtzel .... unit production manager 

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... second unit director 
David Silver (I) .... assistant director 

Art Department 
Fred Harpman .... production illustrator 
Greg C. Jensen .... set construction 

Sound Department 
Carlton W. Faulkner .... sound 
Elmer Raguse .... sound 

Special Effects by 
L.B. Abbott .... special effects 
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special effects 
Howard Lydecker .... special effects 

Stunts 
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited) 
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... stunts (uncredited) 
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (uncredited) 
Hal Needham .... stunts (uncredited) 
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited) 
Buddy Van Horn .... stunts (uncredited) 

Other crew 
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... special action sequences 
Arthur Morton (I) .... orchestrator 

Technical Information

Release Information:
Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
Theatrical Release Date: January 16, 1966
DVD Release Date: July 16, 2002
Run Time: 108 minutes
Production Company: fox
Package Type: Keep Case

Aspect Ratio(s):
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: Region 1
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Available subtitles: English, Spanish

Edition Details:
Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
 Color
Theatrical trailer(s)
Widescreen anamorphic format

 

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