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In early autumn next year, the film industry will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond movie, Dr No, after which there will be rather smaller celebrations to mark the anniversaries of the more short-lived pseudo-Bonds, anti-Bonds and Bond send-ups including Jason Love, Harry Palmer, Matt Helm, Derek Flint and, for die-hard chroniclers of the genre, Neil Connery in Operation Kid Brother.
Harry Saltzman wore belt and braces in the early 60s, co-producing the Bond films and the Palmer series launched by The Ipcress File. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films have now done something similar as producers of the deadly serious Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (where the guests at an MI5 Christmas party sing along to the comic theme song of the 1965 Bond rip-off Licensed to Kill) and the 007 parodies featuring Rowan Atkinson as the dim spy, Johnny English of MI7, a child-like, »
- Philip French
When it came to saving the world, bedding the babes, breaking Q’s gadgets, James Bond was the man, even if his tongue-in cheek adventures are a long way from the very real spy world of John le Carre and Harry Palmer.
Although Eon productions owned the movie rights to the Ian Fleming novels, it hasn’t stopped film-makers from making a couple of unofficial Bond flicks as well as several interesting variations on the character. So here are some of the parodies, pastiches, parallels and strange oddities that make up this alternative world of 007!
Our Man Flint (1966): Hollywood was now getting in on the Bond act with the Matt Helm movie series (1966-69) and TV’s The Man from U. N. C. L. E. (1964-68). But this effort is the ultimate of sixties cool with James Coburn in fine charismatic form as brilliant super-agent Derek Flint. Armed with »
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