Directed by Daniel Mann
|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)
Daniel Mann (I)
Hal Fimberg (also story)
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)
Saul David .... producer
Original music by
Daniel L. Fapp
Film Editing by
William Reynolds (II)
Art Direction by
Jack Martin Smith
Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott
Costume Design by
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist
Ben Nye (I) .... makeup artist
Saul Wurtzel .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... second unit director
David Silver (I) .... assistant director
Fred Harpman .... production illustrator
Greg C. Jensen .... set construction
Carlton W. Faulkner .... sound
Elmer Raguse .... sound
Special Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special effects
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
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)
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... special action sequences
Arthur Morton (I) .... orchestrator