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Flint is again called out of retirement when his old boss finds that he seems to have missed three minutes while golfing with the president. Flint finds that the president has been replaced by an actor (Flint's line [with a wistful look] is "An Actor as President?") Flint finds that a group of women have banded together to take over the world through subliminal brainwashing in beauty salons they own. Written by
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Roger Ebert said, "The sexiest thing in the new Derek Flint misadventure, 'In Like Flint', is Flint's cigarette lighter, which is supposed to know eighty-two tricks, but actually delivers only five, of which one is the not extraordinary ability to clip Lee J. Cobb's mustache" See more »
When Flint is on a couch with ballet dancer Natasha she hands him two cigarettes to light. He puts the cigarettes into his mouth backwards with the filter end out. See more »
Coburn goes way way over the top in ILF. In OMF he plays Flint as someone who is 'sort of real' ... for example, when Cramden asks him, "Is there nothing you don't know?" "A great many things, sir." In the fight sequences, they are also played 'not campy' ... the fight in the bathroom ... it's more fun when it looks somewhat real, and when the toilet paper and grunt of Gruber comes at the scene's end, it's the right touch.
The same with the fight with the two guards outside Cramden's office. Great stuff. I think Coburn's style influenced Bruce Lee ... or other way around? If Coburn did OMF in 1965 or so, and he met Lee a couple of years later (I'm not certain) .... And after the fight, the comedy is just right; a blend of silliness (the light bulb) and straightness, with Flint saving a life.
Notice also when Cramden is darted, and Flint doesn't mug when he does the cut.
But in the sequel, Coburn is all over the place, over-mugging. While most of the credit for the downsizing of Flint goes to the writers, Coburn also has to take some blame. There is hardly an action scene where he plays Flint like a fighting master ... just for laffs. Again, counter this with OMF : when he climbs the ladder with the guitar rift, happily Coburn doesn't wink and mug. With that great music, it would've ruined the scene(s).
However, the scene in the penthouse, with Flint talking about eating grubs is the Flint form the first movie.
The director should have seen this. Or maybe Coburn thought the script was so dumb, he just let loose and had his own jokes. But Flint loses his fun when it became too much Austin Powers.
Btw, the Powers movies would have been much better if they had been played as a homage to Flint/Bond. That's what OMF did so well. Created a great character with the perfect actor to play him.
But even tho ILF is so inferior to the first, it's still a lot of fun. How can I say this? Because he's still Flint!
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