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.
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.
The Quartermaster Clerk (famed for his "one Swedish-made penis enlarger" dialog) is played by Neil Mullarkey, a member of the Comedy Store Players in England, and one time comedy partner of Mike Myers. They toured as "Mullarky and Myers" in the 80's.
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.
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 60's London" and fights evil, with help from the beautiful Granddaughter of his sidekick and helps him to adapt to life in "Swinging 60's London".
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.
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: Generalisimo, Jurgen, 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 4, Number 5, Number 6 and Number 7. We can assume Frau Farbissina is Number 3.
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.
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.
A scene was cut and edited from Number Two's death scene: Number Two reveals to Austin that in his Fendi briefcase he is carrying is $1 million dollars and that Number Two spent half of the money on buying the Fendi briefcase and Austin argues with Number Two on wanting the briefcase, which ends with Dr. Evil injecting Number Two into the fire pit (As seen in the film).
Dr. Evil is based on a James Bond villain portrayed by Donald Pleasance, who played Dr. Loomis in Halloween. Austin Powers/Dr. Evil is played by actor Mike Myers, which is also the name of the killer in Halloween.
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.
A few actors who played memorable Seinfeld 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.
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.
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.
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 2nd sequel "Austin Powers in Goldmember", which Dr. Evil is revealed to be Austin's own long-lost brother Dougie.