Friday, October 05, 2012

"Repeat After Me: I Am Not a Pleasure Unit..."

Our final super-spy for the week is the unmatchable James Coburn as Derek Flint. It was a review of Our Man Flint that I recently wrote for my other blog that inspired this series in the first place (you can read it HERE). Derek Fint was to be the American answer to Bond: hence the explanatory "Our Man" in the title. An early scene has Flint eschewing the Walther PPK and the myriad of other weapons associated with the movie spygame as barbaric. Flint is every bit as sophisticated and intelligent as Bond if not more so, and the publicity for the film has him tackling armies of girls at a time. To some, Coburn's performance might initially seem smug or arrogant, but it'd be hard fo the man who really could do it all to be all that humble, and Coburn's charisma eventually wins the day.

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