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Mike Myers originally wanted Jim Carrey to play Dr. Evil, but Carrey eventually passed due to scheduling conflicts with Liar Liar (1997). Myers then took the iconic role himself.
Mike Myers has revealed in interviews that the Austin Powers character was created based on a couple of instances involving his family. His father loved watching British comedies with actors like Peter Sellers and Alec Guinness, so Myers always wanted to play an English character in a comedy. He also said that one night after coming home from hockey practice, he started flirting with his wife in an English accent. His wife laughed and told him to write the routine down, so he could do it again. Writing the routine down led to this script.
Mindy Sterling improvised Frau Farbissina's lines about the Lucky Charms commercials.
The shushing scene was improvised by Mike Myers and Seth Green.
Dr. Evil's appearance (bald head, gray suit, scar over his eye, cat on his lap) is based on Bond's arch nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld portrayed by Donald Pleasence in You Only Live Twice (1967), while his voice and mannerisms are based on longtime Saturday Night Live (1975) executive producer Lorne Michaels.
Elizabeth Hurley and Mimi Rogers asked to keep their tight leather outfits and were allowed to.
The America Online on Austin's computer is version 3.0. In the commentary on the DVD, Jay Roach states that he did the AOL product placement to get a free year of service from them.
The British television series "Adam Adamant Lives!" is a strong influence behind Austin Powers. "Adam Adamant Lives!" was about a Edwardian adventurer whom is revived in 1966 after being frozen by his evil arch-nemesis The Face. Adam is bewildered by "Swinging 60s London" and fights evil, with help from the beautiful Granddaughter of his sidekick and helps him to adapt to life in "Swinging 60s London".
Mike Myers' wife suggested he dance in the movie during the credits, since he dances around his own house in the buff. This has become a continuing trademark of the series - in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) he really does dance naked.
Mike Myers modeled Austin Power's hair and glasses after a young professor Stephen Hawking.
After giving a brief monologue to Dr. Evil about free love: Dr. Evil responds, "There's nothing more pathetic than an aging hipster," which is an homage to a classic Lenny Bruce joke.
The Quartermaster Clerk (famed for his "one Swedish-made penis enlarger" dialogue) is played by Neil Mullarkey, a member of the Comedy Store Players in Britain, and one time comedy partner of Mike Myers. They toured as "Mullarky and Myers" in the '80s.
Part of the influence for this film can be seen in an early sketch Mike Myers did for Saturday Night Live (1975) in which several of James Bond's nemeses complain about his invulnerability and how much easier it should be to kill him.
When Mike Myers as Doctor Evil suggests blackmailing the Royal Family about the Princess of Wales, in reality she had been killed in Paris at the time of the film's release in the United Kingdom.
The names of Dr. Evil's lesser minions are displayed next to the buttons he pushes to send them into the fiery pits. In the opening scene, the following assassins end up in the pit: Generalissimo, Jürgen, Don Luigi and Rita, who is dressed as a meter maid (referring to The Beatles song 'Lovely Rita'). In the scene where Dr. Evil addresses the United Nations, his henchmen include four men in business suits. They are identified as Number Four, Number Five, Number Six and Number Seven. We can assume Frau Farbissina is Number Three
Frau Farbissina's name comes from the Yiddish word farbissen, which is usually used in conjunction with punim, meaning "face." Farbissen punim describes a "dour, pinched, or forbidding face." It may also be related to the German word "verbissen" meaning "uptight" and "grim" which largely describes Farbissina's character.
The UK cinema release of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) cut the reference to Prince Charles as Diana had recently died.
In the Las Vegas bar scene where Austin flashes the peace sign and is laughed at, Mike Myers originally wanted Austin to be drinking a Zima to show Powers desperately trying to be cool and failing (in the movie he's drinking a Tab cola). Coors (owners of Zima) were keen on the idea until they realized they were being mocked, and quickly pulled out.
According to the DVD commentary, the real name of the sphinx cat used for the 1990s "Mr. Bigglesworth" was Ted Nude-gent (a reference to rock guitarist Ted Nugent).
Mike Myers grew up listening to Quincy Jones and used Soul Bossa Nova as the main theme to the movie.
The father and son from the beginning of the group therapy scene are the same father and son from the "I love you man!"/"You're not getting my Bud Light, Johnny" commercial.
The marching band in the opening sequence is the band from Riverside Community College in California.
Mike Myers decided not to do a third "Wayne's World" film, so he could focus on and develop a secret agent comedy which is a parody of the James Bond movies, which became this film.
Daniel Craig, the sixth actor to play James Bond, went on record to say that "Austin Powers" messed up the James Bond series.
The fictional "breakaway Russian republic, Kreplachistan" is named after kreplach, small dumplings that are a part of Jewish cuisine.
The characters General Borchevsky and Commander Gilmour are named after two Toronto Maple Leafs hockey players and Mike Myers' dogs.
Robert Wagner's role in this series is fitting, as he has a connection to two Bond girls. Lana Wood, the sister of his late wife Natalie Wood, appeared in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), along with his present wife, Jill St. John.
Former Bond Girl Lois Chiles has a cameo as the wife of the henchman who is crushed by the steamroller.
A few actors who played memorable Seinfeld (1989) characters have roles in this movie. Larry Thomas who played the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld portrays the Blackjack Dealer. Brian George who played Babu Batt on Seinfeld plays the U.N. secretary. Patrick Bristow who played the Wigmaster on Seinfeld portrays Bolton the Virtucon tour guide. Robert Wagner also guest starred in "The Yada Yada."
The handgun Austin uses is a Walther PPK/S .380 which is the same weapon used by James Bond.
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Comedian Colin Quinn was offered the role of Scott Evil, but he turned it down to focus on his writing projects.
During the family therapy scene two voice actors from Family Guy (1999) are present, one being Seth Green (Scott Evil) who voices Chris Griffin and the other being Carrie Fisher (The Therapist) who voices Peter Griffin's boss Angela.
As Austin and Vanessa escape from the underground factory, they run by Vasquez Rocks, a popular filming location (e.g. Star Trek (1966)) and state park, and speed off further into the park's parking lot. The exit is the other way.
This fared poorly at the UK boxoffice when it was released in the wake of Princess Diana's tragic death. Paradoxically, " The Full Monty " was a colossal hit in Britain for the very same reason, as it was felt that British audiences needed cheering up in such sad times. " Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery " would go on to be a huge seller on the UK Dvd market.
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The CD that Austin attempts to play on a record player is "Mr. Tambourine Man" by The Byrds, a song originally written and performed by Bob Dylan.
Austin's revival from suspended animation parodies the revival of John Spartan in Demolition Man (1993) released four years earlier.
Vanessa uses a IMI Desert Eagle Mark VII.
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NHL player Lyle Odelein's wife was one of the Fembots.
Dr. Evil is based on a James Bond villain portrayed by Donald Pleasence, who played Dr. Loomis in Halloween (1978). Austin Powers/Dr. Evil is played by actor Mike Myers, which is also the name of the killer in Halloween (1978).
According to Elizabeth Hurley, Austin Powers was modelled on British Television and Radio personality Simon Dee.
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Jerry Garcia follows Cass Elliot on Austin's list of people he knew who are now dead.
The only film in the Austin Powers franchise to be given the 15 certificate in the UK. The following films were given the 12 certificate. The film was given the 15 certificate for it's sexual content, nudity, violence and mild language.
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ACTOR_TRADEMARK(Mike Myers): [playing multiple roles]: playing both Austin Powers and Dr. Evil.
At the beginning of the film Austin has 5 stages of defrosting. They are as follows. Stage 1: Laser Cutting. Stage 2: Warm Liquid Goo Phase. Stage 3: Re-animation. Stage 4: Cleansing. Stage 5: Evacuation.
The exterior location shot of Austin and Vanessa's honeymoon scene is of The Broadmoor, a world famous five-star resort hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, located less than four miles from Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station. The famous Cheyenne Mountain entrance was shown as the location shot for the scene where a U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant reports the detection of Dr. Evil's Big Boy rocket.
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In the final scene, Random Task's hotel employee name tag states his name as Antonio.
Released seven months before the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
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Seth Green's character wears a Kurt Cobain Nirvana shirt in his first scene.
Brenda Bakke turned down the role of "Mrs. Kensington" due to schedule conflicts with the movie Shelter (1998).
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Michael Mcdonald has been featured in all movies as a different character. In 1 he played the guard killed by the steamroller, in the spy who shagged me he played 1 of the radar techs and in Goldmember he plays the guard standing next to the Queen when Austin is being knighted.
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The film takes place in 1967 and 1997.
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Alotta Vagina is based on Fiona Volpe, the female antagonist from the James Bond film Thunderball (1965).
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Austin Powers voice is the same voice Mike Myers used for his character Simon in the Simon sketches in Saturday Night Live (1975).
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After filming her scenes as Mrs. Kensington, Mimi Rogers singed on for another New Line Cinema feature film - Lost in Space (1998) as Maureen Robinson. The film also starred Heather Graham as Judy Robinson. Heather Graham played Felicity Shagwell in the sequel Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999).
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The word 'shag' is a slang word for "let's have sex".
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Actor Trademark 

Mike Myers: [evil] pronouncing "evil" as "eeeeevil."

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Vanessa sits next to Austin in the last scene during their honeymoon, there is a piece of red tape over her left breast. There were photographers on the set and this prevented them from being able to sell topless pictures of Elizabeth Hurley to the papers.
In the confrontation scene between Austin Powers and Dr. Evil, Dr. Evil says that they're "not so different". Mike Myers plays both Austin Powers and Dr. Evil, and it also foreshadows the second sequel Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), which Dr. Evil is revealed to be Austin's own long-lost brother Dougie.
Tom Arnold who has a cameo as the mysterious cowboy in the bathroom scene when Austin kills Patty O'Brien, played a secret agent in the film True Lies (1994).
Tom Arnold whom cameos as the mysterious cowboy in the toilet scene had previously starred in the Arnold Schwarzenegger spy flick True Lies (1994). In both films, Austin Powers and Harry Tasker (Secret agents) fight and kill henchmen in a bathroom in a public person whilst 1 person is sitting on the toilet.
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