Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) Poster


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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.
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.
Both 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, Mike Myers states that he did the AOL product placement to get a free year of service from them.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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. And 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".
Mindy Sterling improvised Frau Farbissina's lines about the Lucky Charms commercials.
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.
Robert Wagner's role in this series is fitting, as he has a connection to two Bond girls. Lana Wood, the sister of his first wife Natalie Wood, appeared in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), along with his present wife, Jill St. John.
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.
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 CD that Austin attempts to play on a record player is "Mr. Tambourine Man" by The Byrds.
The marching band in the opening sequence is the band from Riverside Community College in California.
Mike Myers grew up listening to Quincy Jones and used Soul Bossa Nova as the main theme to the movie.
The characters General Borchevsky and Commander Gilmour are named after two Toronto Maple Leafs hockey players and Mike Myers' dogs.
NHL player Lyle Odelein's wife was one of the Fembots.
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.
Comedian Colin Quinn was offered the role of Scott Evil, but he turned it down to focus on his writing projects.
Brenda Bakke turned down the role of "Mrs. Kensington" due to schedule conflicts with the movie Shelter (1998).
The fictional "breakaway Russian republic, Kreplachistan" is named after kreplach, small dumplings that are a part of Jewish cuisine.
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 England.
Jerry Garcia follows 'Mama' Cass Elliot on Austin's list of people he knew who are now dead.
In the final scene, Random Task's hotel employee name tag states his name as Antonio.

Actor Trademark 

Mike Myers:  [playing multiple roles]  playing both Austin Powers and Doctor Evil.
Mike Myers:  [evil]  pronouncing "evil" as "eeeeevil."


The trivia item 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.

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