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Short summary

Super-spy Flint takes on a cabal of women plotting to rule the world.
Flint is again called out of retirement when his old boss finds that he seems to have missed three minutes while golfing with the president. Flint finds that the president has been replaced by an actor (Flint's line [with a wistful look] is "An Actor as President?") Flint finds that a group of women have banded together to take over the world through subliminal brainwashing in beauty salons they own.

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The W.P. Lear Sr. listed in the credits (his character co-pilots Flint's Lear Jet) is William Powell Lear, the inventor of the Lear Jet.

According to the audio commentary on the DVD, Fox wanted to do another Flint movie but James Coburn turned them down.

ZOWIE stands for Zonal Organization (for) World Intelligence (and) Espionage.

Near the end of the movie, the President shouts "For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground / And tell sad stories of the death of kings" and "Once more unto the breach, dear friends". These are both quotations from plays by William Shakespeare: the first from "Richard II" (Act 3, Scene 2); the other from "Henry V" (Act 3, Scene 1).

This was the final film that Twentieth Century Fox produced in its CinemaScope process. Later productions shot in anamorphic widescreen would use Panavision or other optics.

According to an interview James Coburn did over twenty years after this film's release, Twentieth Century Fox commissioned this film almost as soon as its predecessor, "Our Man Flint", opened, early in 1966 (to big box-office success). However, Coburn said, the studio showed little interest in the sequel thereafter and rather threw it together, with director Gordon Douglas also showing little interest. Coburn claimed that he and stunt arranger Buzz Henry (credited as second-unit director) had between them directed a great deal of the finished film.

The title of the movie was taken from a popular saying "in like Flynn", referring to the actor Errol Flynn's womanizing. Thus, "in like Flynn," refers to a man's quickly successful sexual escapades.

In a shot during the opening credits, Lisa takes away a movie magazine from a one of the women under a hair dryer at Fabulous Face. The cover of the movie magazine shows the 1966 20th Century Fox movie "Fantastic Voyage," also produced by In Like Flint's producer, Saul David.

Austin Powers' favourite movie, as stated in 'The Spy Who Shagged Me'.

At one point Flint says "An actor? As President?" When this film came out, actor Ronald Reagan - who would in fact later become President - had just been elected Governor of California, and actor George Murphy was two years into his term as a US Senator from California. So actors seeking high political office were very much a topic of the day.

As of 2017 Jean Hale is the lone survivor in the main cast of the movie.

Feature film debut of Herb Edelman.

When Elizabeth (Anna Lee) first meets Flint, around the 79 minute mark, she calls him 'Mr Flynn', then corrects herself. It is unclear whether it was a deliberate in-joke, as the film's title derives from the saying 'In like Flynn' (referring to Errol Flynn), or a Freudian slip, or just a simple mistake.

As the villain prepares to undertake his final act, a repeatedly ascending musical note can be heard, driving the tension. Rather than using an early synthesizer (which had become common in many films of the day) they did it on the cheap, using a plucked upright bass.

Roger Ebert said, "The sexiest thing in the new Derek Flint misadventure, 'In Like Flint', is Flint's cigarette lighter, which is supposed to know eighty-two tricks, but actually delivers only five, of which one is the not extraordinary ability to clip Lee J. Cobb's mustache"

Sonar audio effect from Voyage to the bottom of sea, Seaview, and every WWII movie which included a destroyer seeking a submarine.

James Coburn, the star of the movie, isn't seen until approximately 15 minutes in to the film.

A comment is made "What the hell is this? Sadie Hawkins day?". Sadie Hawkins Day is an annual event that occurs in the fiction world of Li'l Abner (and which was a popular theme for school dances in the sixties and seventies), the comic character written by Al Capp. In the comics, it is the day on which a footrace is held in the hillbilly town of Dogpatch between the community's eligible women and all the eligible bachelors. If a woman catches a man, he has to marry her. In popular culture, a Sadie Hawkins dance is a "backward" dance where the girl does everything from asking the boy to the dance to picking him up and taking him home.

The futuristic telephones are Ericofon / Ericsson "Cobra' models, which were made in Sweden. While they do not work with the modern American phone system, they are popular on the nostalgia market, selling for approximately $90.

As the fake President begins to crack up and rave, he shouts the warning, "Don't let them fluoridate your water!" This is a nod to the ravings of the mad General Jack D. Ripper in Dr. Strangelove and his warning about fluoridated water being a communist plot.

Steve Ihnat (General Carter) and Yvonne Craig (Natasha, the Ballerina) appeared together two years later on Star Trek, "Whom Gods Destroy". Inhat played the mentally ill villain Garth of Elgar, and Craig played the green Orion, Marta; Garth's mentally ill follower. Craig is best known as Batgirl from the 1960's Batman) TV show.

Flint's hand-holding dog is named Caesar.

Flint's previous four woman friends referred to by Cramden were named Sakito, Gina, Leslie, and Anna.

Nora Benson says she was a teacher at John C. Calhoun High School in Roanoke Virginia. John C. Calhoun (1782 - 1850) represented South Carolina as both a member of the House of Representatives and a Senator, and was also the seventh Vice President of the United States (1825 to 1832). He is noted for defending slavery.

The "television broadcast" of the launch of the space platform was literally rear-projected with a film projector placing an image just large enough to fill the "screen". When the screen goes dark (the "broadcast" footage is given a dissolve to black), the curtains behind the "screen" close. After the curtains are closed the "screen" is raised up out of sight. At this point, if the curtains had been opened you would have been able to see the projector behind it.

User reviews

  • comment
    • Author: Darksinger
    Well it looks like I'm in a minority with this one as I think 'In Like Flint' is better than 'Our Man Flint'! It's goofier than the original and for me that makes it more entertaining. It's filled with silly stuff like exploding golf balls, brainwashing via hairdryers, Flint talking fluent dolphin and Lee J. Cobb in drag. It's similar in approach to the 'Batman' TV series (Yvonne "Batgirl" Craig even appears as a Russian ballerina) so if you enjoy that show, and yes, Austin Powers, you'll have lots of fun.
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    • Author: Capella
    "In Like Flint" is a sequel to the spy parody film "Our Man Flint" starring James Coburn. It posits an international feminist conspiracy to depose the ruling American patriarchy with a feminist matriarchy. To achieve and establish it, they kidnap and replace the U.S. President, discredit the Head of the Z.O.W.I.E. intelligence agency, and commandeer a nuclear-armed space platform, all directed from Fabulous Face, a women's spa in the Virgin Islands. Circumstances compel ex-secret agent Derek Flint to help his ex-boss, and so uncover the conspiracy. Actors James Coburn and Lee J. Cobb reprise their roles as "Derek Flint" and spy chief "Lloyd C. Cramden", Flint's ex-boss.

    Like all parodies, it's not fair to compare it to the original genre and you have to expect it to be at least somewhat silly - especially in this film the plot of feminists trying to take over the world. The last reviewer who gave it a low score obviously totally missed t.he point it's a parody It's a fun movie that moves along at a fast & Coburn is great in the James Bond spoof role. Enjoy the film & don't take it too seriously & you'll have a fun ride.
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    • Author: Jode
    This follow-up is much goofier and sillier than the original, but still every bit as amusing and entertaining. This time hip, clever, and dashing freelance spy and playboy extraordinaire Derek Flint (James Coburn in splendidly wry and laid-back assured form) must thwart a dastardly plot by a gang of lovely, yet formidable ladies who have developed a method of brainwashing so they can put arrogant and domineering men in their place and thus take over the planet. Director Gordon Douglas, working from a bright and witty script by Hal Fimberg, relates the delightfully wacky narrative at a steady pace, maintains an engagingly blithe and madcap very 60's camp sensibility throughout, and stages the rousing action set pieces with real skill and gusto (Coburn's fancy martial arts moves in particular are quite impressive and exciting). Coburn's amiably breezy'n'easy persona fits the character of Flint like a fine pair of stylish slippers; he talks fluently to dolphins, romances an endless bevy of beautiful babes, dons various disguises, briefly poses as a ballet dancer (!), and beats up numerous baddies without ever loosing a single ounce of his divinely unflappable cool the whole time. The rest of the cast are likewise up to par: Lee G. Cobb returns as Flint's loyal, but disgraced superior Lloyd C. Cramden, the gorgeous Jean Hale excels as classy and crafty head villainess Lisa Norton, Andrew Duggan does spirited work as both the hearty President and the hammy actor impersonating him, and Steve Ihnat hits it out of the ballpark with his excellent portrayal of the sneaky and cunning General Carter. Yvonee "Batgirl" Craig has a small, but nifty part as fetching, yet duplicitous Russian ballerina Natasha. Moreover, this movie in some ways was uncannily ahead of its time: The cabal of angry women Flint opposes neatly foretells the 70's feminist movement while the premise of an actor as President offers a frighteningly accurate prediction of Reagan getting elected into office as Chief Executive a mere decade or so down the line. Jerry Goldsmith's funky swinging score and William H. Daniels' slick widescreen cinematography are both on the money, too. A tremendously fun film.
  • comment
    • Author: Cordalas
    If you ever wondered about how the film series like Austin Powers came to be inspired, James Coburn does a memorable performance as Flint, original man of mystery in this film. The film is a spoof and farce from the James Bond spy thrillers. The plot includes the world being overthrown and manipulated by smart beautiful seductive women on a Caribbean Island where their leader is played by Anna Lee (General Hospital's beloved Lila Quartermaine). She is fantastic in her role. The film is a comedy and a statement about women's movement. The ending is now considered to be outdated by today's standards almost camp humor. Still, James Coburn did some of his best acting work here as the hero. The film is colorful and imaginative as well.
  • comment
    • Author: Zargelynd
    With 'Our Man Flint' ( 1966 ), it seemed as though Twentieth Century Fox had themselves a spy franchise to potentially rival that of James Bond. The late James Coburn possessed magnetism and agility comparable to Sean Connery. However, things did not go according to plan when they made the first sequel. It begins at the 'Fabulous Face' health and beauty resort in the Virgin Islands. A group of beautiful and powerful women - headed by 'Miss Elisabeth' ( Anna Lee ) - watch through telescopes as America puts the world's first space platform into orbit. Unbeknowest to Cramden ( Lee J.Cobb ), head of Z.O.W.I.E., aboard are two Russian cosmonauts. Relaxing with the President ( Andrew Duggan ) over a game of golf, Cramden notices that a swing took over three minutes ( during that time, the President was abducted and replaced by a double ). Baffled, Cramden goes to see Flint. The adventurer agrees to investigate once he has returned from Death Valley. Cramden is then caught in bed with a Skid Row hooker ( Jean Hale ), and loses his job. Flint sets out to clear his friend's name. Something seems to have gone with security at Z.O.W.I.E. and no-one in the organisation can now be trusted as it has been infiltrated by traitors...

    Interviewed by 'The T.V. Times' in 1981, Coburn claimed that Fox were so keen to get the picture into cinemas they didn't care if the script was ready or not. Hal Fimberg reversed the premise of the original, the 'baddies' here are women attempting to impose a new world order whereby men are slaves. Which makes it all the more strange why they then have to rely on General Carter ( the late Steve Ihnat ) of Z.O.W.I.E. and actor Sebastian Trent.

    Coburn is, as ever, terrific and Cobb generates some laughs. The film looks marvellous ( have you ever seen so many beautiful girls in one film before? Jean Hale is absolutely stunning! ) and gets off to a cracking start, but goes awry when Flint goes to Russia, and never recovers. Why haven't 'Fabulous Face' prepared for the possibility of Carter turning against them? How is he able to take over their operation without so much as a shot being fired? Why does Carter go into space with the bombs when he knows Flint is in the rocket too?

    There are some funny moments - the ballet sequence and Flint's line "The actor?" - but not nearly enough. The action sequences are inferior to those in the first film, in particular the fight in outer space is distinctly unspectacular. Poor effects work from the normally reliable L.B. Abbott. What little excitement there is comes mainly from Jerry Goldsmith's wonderful music. Compared to 'You Only Live Twice' - which came out soon afterwards - this is limp stuff indeed.

    Coburn claimed that Gordon Douglas was ill for most of the shoot, hence much of the film was directed by the cinematographer.

    A rewriting of the script was badly needed to eliminate tedious scenes such as Flint's seduction of Natasha ( Yvonne Craig ). The Russian Premier's ( Herb Edelman ) phone call to The President ( named as 'Melvin Muffly' in the novelisation ) looks suspiciously like an attempt to parody 'Dr.Strangelove'.

    There was to have been a third movie - called either 'Bride Of Flint' or 'F For Flint' - but it was never made, due to Coburn's concerns over typecasting. In 1975, an attempt was made to transfer the character to television, with 'Our Man Flint Dead On Target' starring Ray Danton. It did not lead to a series. More recently, it was announced that Flint would be returning in comic book form, as 'That Man Flint'.
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    • Author: Vojar
    James Colburn is a super genius and super spy. He aids in a friend to help find three minutes missing while on a golf outing with the President. Something appears to be amiss. Colburn is a ladies man and ends up all over the world showing his many talents. I happened to find all of the set designs very detailed and colorful. I will be watching it again just for the costume design, furniture design and set designs. I love Colburn, this was nothing I expected from him. It is light heartedly silly and comical. I will leave all the critical reviews for someone else. I found it goofy and entertaining and it was surprising to see this side of Colburn. If I was a design student, artist or interior decorator, definitely worth the watch.
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    • Author: Cemav
    This is James Coburn's second outing as Derek Flint. Though it is ultimately worth a viewing, it doesn't quite live up to it's predecessor. The film takes a while to get going and at times the spirit of fun that infected the original seems to be missing. But when that spirit is present, the film is loads of fun! Anyone know where I can buy a copy of Flint's Dolphin Language Dictionary? Never know when it might come in handy.
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    • Author: JoJoshura
    Derek Flint reappears with four more lovelies on another mission to save the world.

    Again, the strong point of this film is the interchange between James Coburn and Lee J Cobb. Again it's more realistic than it first appears - especially since I myself have said to someone about a book: "no, I haven't read it: I wrote it!" Other features to watch out for are Coburn talking to dolphins, suddenly appearing in Castro garb on a Cuban plane and the delectable Yvonne Craig as the ballerina.

    Obviously, the sequel squeezes the last drops of humour out of Lee J Cobb's reaction to Flint's universal talents. But it was right that a further sequel was never made; so the Flint series ends at just the right moment.
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    • Author: Anarawield
    Derek Flint's second outing falls juuuuuust a bit shy of recapturing the fun-filled spirit of this short-lived series' first film, 1965's "OUR MAN FLINT".

    Being more in the style of the "BATMAN" TV series (which 20th Century Fox produced at that time as well), this film accentuates more of the absolutely outlandish camp, as opposed to the more subtle (okay, not REAL subtle, but...) tongue-in-cheek, nudge-nudge, wink-wink of the original "Flint" film (at one point, the audience is invited to "follow the bouncing Russian Star" & sing along with the Russian National Anthem as our hero, disguised as Fidel Castro, hijacks a plane FROM Cuba TO the Virgin Islands to foil the villains' E-ville plot... oh, yeah, & rescue his bevy of Flint-ettes).

    For the record, even if this film had fallen WAY shy of the first film in everything overall, it'd still be better than the thankfully-aborted TV pilot, "Our Man Flint: Dead on Target". Sorry, but no one else but James Coburn can bring the character of Derek Flint to life. Even so, it seems that Coburn's interest in the character had begun to wane a tad by this time; after all, 2 years had gone by since "OMF", the world's political view had begun to change radically, & the Summer of Love was in full swing, baby... yeeeeaaaaaaahhhh!!

    "IN LIKE FLINT" still has some of the first film's charm, but quite a few of the plot points are VERY dated & insulting, especially when viewed in the cold light of today's often harsh, overly-PC environment. The filmmakers' attitude toward women being able to quite easily take over the world are not as readily accepted as in "The Avengers" episode, "How To Succeed... at Murder". In fact, most of the time, the general mentality -- even that of the suave & cool, ultra-hip, super-modern Derek Flint -- is downright primordial, even in light of, or despite, the '60s Women's Rights Movements.

    Even though it ain't great, it still ain't too bad, all things considered. I've seen much worse go around for years & if this is to be considered possibly James Coburn's only celluloid crime, he's waaaaaaaaay ahead of the game. Not a terrible feather to have in one's acting cap... or DVD collection.
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    • Author: one life
    MASTER PLAN: take over an orbiting space platform, have the nukes ready and use mind control - again. In this sequel to "Our Man Flint," a further parody of the James Bond films, the threat is again a weird organization which plans to rule the world. In the previous Flinter, 3 scientists led the new way; here, it's 3 captains of industry who happen to be female. They also have an island base, somewhere in the Caribbean (the Virgin Islands?) - females, females everywhere! Flint is again played by Coburn as a super-smooth genius who seems to play the secret agent as a side job, called away from his Hugh Hefner-style existence into spy activity when something really unusual rears its nasty head. In this case, he doesn't show up until 15 minutes in, to save the bacon of his former boss (Cobb), who has been discredited and embarrassed in a scheme perpetrated by traitors within the U.S. government. All of this sounds kind of serious and some of it is, especially in the final act, where-in straightforward action goes against the grain of the overall satirical tone. A lot of it is still silly, of course, especially the scenes of Coburn imitating dolphin sounds (I can't believe Coburn was talked into these). The pace is a bit slower than the first film, mostly with all the stuff revolving around Cobb's character getting bamboozled in the early going. It takes awhile for the action to get going. The main femme fatale (Hale) lacks some spark, sort of playing the role as if this was a dull daytime soap opera. The actress Craig, known for her Batgirl role, pops up briefly as another femme fatale, Russian in her case. No sign of Adam West, who would've fit in well here.

    The premise proposed by the villains, as in the first film, is that the world needs to be run better; in this case, they feel the planet needs a more feminine touch - a new matriarchy. Though there's the expected glitz and camp of sixties psychedelia, the femme fatales (and there are many of them) are not a total joke; they're pretty well organized and make some valid points, though even Flint appears to sneer at their goals. This is ironic since he, at one point, says he doesn't compete with women, the inferred downside of most men. This foreshadows the reveal of the actual threat, a rogue military - male, of course. The main traitor turns out to be a general (played by actor Ihnat, who would soon be seen as the crazed Garth in the Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy" with actress Craig). None of this is a surprise - the general looked suspicious in his first scene. The President of the U.S., who kept calling on a red phone in the previous pic, is now revealed (Duggan), but is quickly replaced by a double early in the story. Some of this also recalls the "Seven Days in May" thriller done up as comedy. The film is a bit too long, having a padded feel at some points: Flint has an exciting running fight with the soldiers towards the end, but he's captured anyway, so the whole thing was just an excuse to show off his martial arts. The ending is awkward, unlike the explosive conclusion in the first one: the filmmakers had to figure out a way to get Flint into outer space and it's done clumsily. The outer space theme, reflecting the space race between the U.S. and the Soviets of that time, was also prevalent in that same year's Bonder "You Only Live Twice." Flint would return in another incarnation in a TV Movie in the seventies. Hero:7 Villains:6 Femme Fatales:6 Henchmen:5 Fights:7 Stunts/Chases:7 Gadgets:6 Auto:4 Locations:6 Pace:6 overall:6
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    • Author: Frey
    Our Man Flint is possibly the greatest film ever made. But amazingly, In Like Flint is even better. That would make it "The Really Greatest Film Ever Made" ... "The Super-Greatest Film Ever Made"! ZOWIE!

    Most sequels don't come close to the wonderfulness of the original productions, but "In Like Flint" does.

    It's sense of fun, spoof and action equals the original as super secret agent Derek Flint fights yet super-duper evil organization, this one run by America's richest and most powerful women, including the knockout blond Jean Hale; and veteran actress Anna Lee, who was John Wayne's squeeze in "Flying Tigers" in 1942.

    But James Coburn is the main reason. Without his subtle over-the-top Coburn Cool, there would be no Derk Flint and therefore, no Flint series.

    And as before Lee J. Cobb is marvelous as Lloyd Cramden, head of our super-duper secret spy agency, Z.O.W.I.E.

    Jerry Goldsmith returns to handle the spyalicious score, chock full of hip tunes like "Your Z.O.W.I.E Face."

    Coburn is great and the two Flint films are just so darned fun! How can anyone not have a great time with either "Our Man Flint' or "In Like Flint"?
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    • Author: Wen
    Basically another in the endless series of Bond-knockoffs of the late 60's, the second Flynt movie (for some reason I keep missing the first one) is fun enough as a semi-parody. It's nowhere nearly as offensive/dumb as the Matt Helm stuff. Coburn makes a decent superman spy, although his lanky physique makes him look rather ungainly in the fight sequences (only Ted Danson looks more awkward). It's your basic Cold War type movie with some women who want to rule the world (and *oh the humanity* are betrayed by the military man they put their trust in, played by a fiendish Steve Inhat) tossed in.
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    • Author: Helo
    The producers of this movie did a credible job with this sequel. This is exactly what you'd expect Flint to do in another adventure to save the world. His side as a scientist is better highlighted in this sequel as he is studies dolphins, and also shows his aptitude for plants and chemistry as he analyzes the drug that was used on Cramden. The colors are bit more wild, and true to this series, there're lots of nice looking women.

    The movie shows the belief that the western world had on science to better our world. But looking at this movie, it seems that people of this period had better life than we have now. If you look at the millionaire lifestyle of Derek Flint, and compare it to the millionaire lifestyles of today, it seems Flint had more lavish homes, and lifestyle. Which begs the question, did science really improve the quality of life we live now.

    One thing I can tell from this movie is there were less people back then, and things weren't as cramped or as hectic. Take for instance Louigi's restaurant Cramden has his dinner in. There's room to spare everywhere. You won't see that in restaurants these days. World population was less than half of what it is now, and it shows.

    Getting back to the action of Derek Flint, he doesn't disappoint. James Coburn was perfect fit as super agent Derek Flint. His adventure to save the world is just as exciting as the original. Good sequel to the original.
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    • Author: Truthcliff
    Coburn goes way way over the top in ILF. In OMF he plays Flint as someone who is 'sort of real' ... for example, when Cramden asks him, "Is there nothing you don't know?" "A great many things, sir." In the fight sequences, they are also played 'not campy' ... the fight in the bathroom ... it's more fun when it looks somewhat real, and when the toilet paper and grunt of Gruber comes at the scene's end, it's the right touch.

    The same with the fight with the two guards outside Cramden's office. Great stuff. I think Coburn's style influenced Bruce Lee ... or other way around? If Coburn did OMF in 1965 or so, and he met Lee a couple of years later (I'm not certain) .... And after the fight, the comedy is just right; a blend of silliness (the light bulb) and straightness, with Flint saving a life.

    Notice also when Cramden is darted, and Flint doesn't mug when he does the cut.

    But in the sequel, Coburn is all over the place, over-mugging. While most of the credit for the downsizing of Flint goes to the writers, Coburn also has to take some blame. There is hardly an action scene where he plays Flint like a fighting master ... just for laffs. Again, counter this with OMF : when he climbs the ladder with the guitar rift, happily Coburn doesn't wink and mug. With that great music, it would've ruined the scene(s).

    However, the scene in the penthouse, with Flint talking about eating grubs is the Flint form the first movie.

    The director should have seen this. Or maybe Coburn thought the script was so dumb, he just let loose and had his own jokes. But Flint loses his fun when it became too much Austin Powers.

    Btw, the Powers movies would have been much better if they had been played as a homage to Flint/Bond. That's what OMF did so well. Created a great character with the perfect actor to play him.

    But even tho ILF is so inferior to the first, it's still a lot of fun. How can I say this? Because he's still Flint!
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    • Author: EROROHALO
    As a writer and as someone who suffered the 1970s as a burden, I find this late 1960's projection of women's lib and computers run mad about as funny as any film I know. James Coburn was a thin, charismatic and intelligent actor with limitations by way of his accent but in no other respect. He should probably have been hired to make more westerns and more high-tech thrillers; but in Derek Flint, zen-trained super-spy, in the two films he was allowed to complete in this series, he found his most famous and acclaimed role. The first was "Our Man Flint", also co-starring Lee J. Cobb, which was in my opinion a superior satire but less successful The storyline in the second entry has to do with an offer to Flint's three female assistants to visit an Island run by an outfit's leaders calling their operation "Fabulous Face". As if the girls needed improving. Of course, the corporation's heads turn out to be furious women's liberation advocates bent on world domination, planning to rid themselves of male frustrations, advice and competition forever. Forget the plot. Derek Flint's girls are in danger and that leads his organization, Z.O.W.I.E., his boss Lloyd Cramden and Flint into the exotic blackmail-the-world plot involving female astronauts and nuclear Macgoffins. But first there are the lethal tricks the ladies have thought up; Cramden loses ninety seconds on a golf course; Flint discovers hair driers are being used for brainwashing sessions; and the island resort Fabulous Face runs in the US Virgins turns out to be replete with pretty girls and pretty dangerous ideas. This is a comedy, let us remembers, with an underlying satire targeting both excessive women's lib and male chauvinism thrown in. And in a comedy, actions speak louder than ideas. The film is subtle in unexpected ways unlike its satirical predecessor which was less funny and more a direct comment on gimmick-heavy spy movies. Here we have mostly guided missiles, the world's most lethal cigarette lighter and Flint. His comment to the board of the ladies who are trying to take over the world is exactly right--"But you can''re--women/ladies/females" refers to their idea that they ought to do so merely because they're female, and to the methods they are employing in the name of "liberation". Lloyd Cramden in a dress is hard to take, but this production if colorful, only occasionally cartoonish in its look and very-well constructed. The music is overdone for comedic effect, Action film veteran Gordon Douglas kept the pace moving nicely; Harold Fimberg was given sole credit for a film which obviously had several parents, not one. The art direction for this eye-filling romp was provided by Dale Hennessey and Jack Martin Smith, the many fine costumes by Ray Aghayan, makeup by Margaret Donovan, and the elaborate set decorations by James W. Payne and Walter M. Scott. Forget the postmodernist analyses; this is a send-up of spy movies with knocks at both antagonists in the war between the sexes thrown in. It's an entertainment. It is played strictly for laughs, cornball and subtle ones. In the cast, James Coburn looks awkward at times but handles the super-spy cerebrations and courage aspects well. Lee J. Cobb has much less to do than in the first installment. Jean Hale has a large part and is bright and adequate, not more. Others in the cast include dependable Andrew Duggan as the president and his replacement, Anna Lee as the leader of the lethal ladies, Stephen Ihnat, Yvonne Craig, Hannah Landy, Herb Edelman and many others. This is a seventies-style sexy romp born before its time, less estimable than "Our Man Flint" but funnier and a worthy successor. It was made for people who wanted to forget the Cold War and get on with man's favorite sport--being male and female and having fun exchanging one-upsmanships.
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    • Author: I ℓ٥ﻻ ﻉ√٥υ
    and multiple reviewers pan it. But it's by far my fave 60s flick (surpassing Our Man Flint--at least in hot girls; too bad "women--make that people--of color" were excluded) and credits were minimal (blacklisting fear remains today; on-film credits: always elusive). The plot addressed feminism (a mid-60s U.S. taboo) in an industry that only reluctantly credited ingénues (a Stepford Wives film-making bug alive and well four decades later--esp. in the Republican party. Star-making machinery has little room for "nobodies"), keeping rich men rich and in control! Note how the bad guys were finally subdued? The women were in command (a usual ending). Silver screen life's corny but sells. I'm misty for films like this but glad the era's bygone. Douglas had an eye for one flavor of female beauty: vanilla (and Hollywood isn't so racist--they simply sell flesh and fantasies to a racist, lazy country), and directed James Whitmore in Them! (1954/Warner) and slews of other B pix (and was a child actor in the 30s).

    The music sucks. Jerry Goldsmith, of extraordinary work elsewhere, fails miserably here (even for tongue-in-cheek)! But the script is packed with more stuff than most action films. Like it or not Coburn was a great actor in his prime (see also Steve McQueen--whom women in my family detested for womanizing ways and resented me for liking--it was "the battle of the sexes" period). Coburn was well paid and enjoyed his roles, obviously informed by Sean Connery's "Bond, James Bond." Here Fox boxes with the slick MGM/UA "Secret Agent 007" franchise and I think wins despite the production values (I wonder how much it cost to make)... but (like Lee Marvin an ex-Marine) I can relate to this nonsense just fine, thanks, even the "weak" story lines.

    Bring on the ladies! Didn't Coburn also frequent the Playboy Mansion? The hard if shallow life of a Hollywood legend: in 74 years he must've had some fun playing a character "irresistible to women and awed (envied) by men," to smoke Cuban cigars, and to generally be the man of the hour. He led a charmed life and was a charmer--certain roles suited him. I should be half as suave (though I'm a new-age non-actor). Guesting on the Tonight Show Coburn didn't take himself too seriously; I think he embodied the fantasies of a lot of wannabe male actors. His look was "in" for men in those days and he did martial arts in real life (Bruce Lee eat your heart... although action sequences are lame).

    Lee J. Cobb in drag?? I lol'ed at this in the zenith of the Beatles era AND while watching the DVD in my car last night 40 years later.

    What people overlook (their loss) is what's best about In Like Flint: the EYE CANDY! Also Flint's magazine collection included Architectural Digest {s/b Female Anatomy Review?} in his so-manly library--maybe Hef dressed the set with incredible furniture. Dig reel-to-reel tapes, swimming pool w/compassionate dolphin caretaking (nod to Flipper/Miami?) and false-wall bookcase, etc. What's hip? High echelon multilingual sexy private detectives save the planet, mix their own bach-pad music on RTR and love women (w/Sinatra-like ability to make 'em swoon over artistry/machismo). Same old story... this film's about *smoking & sexiness* and how to remain manly in the face of more T&A than a fistful of films including Goldfinger it spoofs (no more seriously than TV Batman spoofed comics). Hello folks... it sold popcorn, tickets, smoking, and male superiority, not season tickets to the Metropolitan Opera (like Fox does today). Hey, we never learn all 82 functions of his lighter--but who cares?--imagine how many gold lighters {Flint—get it?} this film sells. I haven't seen a single full-head turbo-dryer in a women's salon in a long, long time (dismantled by people in real fear of mini-tape players?--possible inspiration for the Sony Walkman). Pity, the end of a glamorous era. But for me cheesecake and heroism aren't over, and I surrendered to the ladies long, long ago... Sorry fellas, you're on your own. I got most if not all of the jokes.

    Now the spoilers (sorry, long review--you can leave now to avoid): In a rooftop scene with the only shoot-'em sequence (note: nearly all of the action is fistfight/jujitsu, not gun play), Flint leans on what's supposed to look like a stone roof parapet and it bends, proving it's really papier-mâché. And other things were pretty lame and improbable, like the de facto astronauts removing their space helmets in outer space. Yeah right, that's where my review coincides with others here. But Goldfinger only won an Oscar for special and sound effects, so in most respects this was just Hollywood taking care of competitive business as usual. And was the lead's name "Fred" in early filming? Maybe another inside joke they didn't bother to fix, or the "script girl" got her job for sexual favors (my wild idea)? Am I the only one who noticed this?

    Still, I'd plunk down the cash for the DVD, even making Murdoch richer. The trailers of other 60s Fox Flix are well worth seeing, too. Goodbye to the 60s: a quirky, colorful, expansive time in American politics and film. I wonder what happened to several of the nonspeaking females in this one but few others from the 60s. Raquel Welch had *speaking* roles at Fox (a trailer's on this DVD), but men weren't interested in her elocution. Film, the great American art form born in France. We like champagne and pretty girls too.
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    • Author: Talvinl
    Barbara Parkins opening the safe with her toes was silly but sexy. I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. She is all I remember from the movie thirty years later, and she isn't even credited as being in it. Weird.
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    • Author: Aedem
    Basically Derek Flint is the Austin Powers of the '60's without the silly over-the-top humor. Perhaps the Austin Powers movies also got somewhat based on the Flint movies and there are obviously some small references to it.

    This movie is a James Bond satire on its own right. James Bond movies never really have been known for its strong feminist elements or strong female roles but in this movie it are the ladies who are trying to rule the world. The movie also features lots of other typical James Bond element such as of course lots of spy-elements, females in bikinis, a womanizing main character and silly gadgets and this all combined with an unmistakable '60's atmosphere and typical style of film-making. The '60's were perhaps not the best time period for film-making but it definitely was a colorful era, to say the least.

    It's a good written spy-comedy with some fine characters and actors that are portraying them. Of course it's a silly comedy story but at least it's something original and also has some action thrown into it. It all helps to make the movie very amusing to watch.

    Quite amazing that actors such as James Coburn and Lee J. Cobb are involved in a comedy such as this one. They are respected serious actors, especially Lee J. Cobb isn't exactly best known for his comical roles. There presence definitely uplifts the movie and makes it something special to watch.

    It's simply a well made movie, with lots of professionals involved, which makes this movie work out so well and make it more than just another silly '60's comedy. Director Gordon Douglas had already 30 years of experience before he made this movie.

    Definitely a fun recommendable comedy.

  • comment
    • Author: Just_paw
    "In Like Flint" (1967): So… Hollywood money moguls are sitting around trying to come up with another idea to compete with the VERY successful James Bond/007 fliks. Out of desperation, this was their return salvo. Ker plunk, in the drink. Coburn claimed that Fox wanted to get 'In Like Flint' into cinemas so badly, the script was of little concern. And, James Coburn is no Sean Connery. Still, you HAVE to luv the awful fashions, bad snappy lines, faux-classy decors, lousy special effects, swingin' Mod score, a lame-ass version of Cold War with the Commies, TONS and TONS of bikini chix, and a story line that will send you into fits of … uh … fits of … anti-nostalgia. The moguls must've thought THIS Joanie-come-lately, anti-equality, anti-feminist, keep 'em bare foot and bikinied theme would really sell… to… uh… someone. It's a funny film, but only because of all the rampant stupidity. A history lesson – a guilty pleasure – nothing more.
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    • Author: Cordann
    The sequel to OUR MAN FLINT is an even wackier spy spoof than its predecessor. After the first film, which closely imitated the James Bond franchise, it seems the creative minds behind Flint felt free to do their own thing. Take the parody a step further.

    Derek Flint is irresistible to women, skilled in martial arts, and a master of disguise. The Flint movies were said to be an inspiration for Mike Myers's "Austin Powers" movies, and the influence is more apparent in this film than the first. The sequel involves an all-female terrorist group, a kidnapped President, an outer-space science lab, hypnotic cigarettes, and Derek Flint communicating with dolphins.

    Lee J. Cobb is great as perplexed Z.O.W.I.E. chief Lloyd Cramden and James Coburn returns as eccentric secret agent Derek Flint. IN LIKE FLINT is a classic '60s spy comedy. Silly, but action-packed. This second Flint adventure doesn't rely as heavily on spoofing 007. By this movie, Flint has become a character all his own.

    In my opinion, even more fun than the first.
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    • Author: Dagdatus
    The film is loaded with 20th Century Fox quirks: When the opening credits appear we see a woman reading a magazine with Fox's Fantastic Voyage on the magazine cover. Shortly after, the TV plays with the actor who played "Doc" in Fox's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea interviewing someone. Batgirl - Yvonne Craig - soon appears and the digital clock seen in Fox's Time Tunnel later does a cameo!

    The film's most memorable line is "By this time tomorrow, women will be running the world". Flint is more light hearted than in the first film, which I like, but it partly depends on the personality of the viewer as to which of the two films you like best. The song playing at the end is a knockout, I am still singing it now in fact.
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    • Author: Neol
    The ballet sequence was filmed with the co-operation of the Ballet of Los Angeles. Make-up: Ben Nye. Hair styles by Margaret Donovan. James Coburn's wardrobe by Martin of California. Ladies' sportswear by Catalina. Opening montage and titles by Richard Kuhn and National Screen Service. Song, "Your Zowie Face", by Leslie Bricusse and Jerry Goldsmith. Photographed in DeLuxe Color and CinemaScope. Location scenes filmed in Jamaica. Producer: Saul David. A Saul David Production.

    Copyright 15 March 1967 by Saul David Productions, Inc. Released through 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. New York opening at the Capitol and neighborhood cinemas: 15 March 1967. U.S. release: 15 March 1967. U.K. release: 30 July 1967. Australian release: 15 June 1967. Sydney opening at the Regent. 10,310 feet. 114 minutes.

    SYNOPSIS: Derek Flint (James Coburn) is back in some adventures more exciting than those he went through in "Our Man Flint". This time he is persuaded once again to help out the government by Lloyd Cramden (Lee J. Cobb), head of ZOWIE (Zonal Organization of World Intelligence Espionage), when some mysterious actions seem to threaten to sabotage the government's attempt to launch the first space platform along with the follow-up of sending men to establish a space research laboratory.

    During the successful launching of the platform from a remote island in the Caribbean, a group of women fashion leaders are in the penthouse of the Fabulous Face, a beauty resort and health spa for women on a nearby island. These women are watching the launching through telescopes on the balcony.

    The President (Andrew Duggan) calls Cramden in the launch control tower to congratulate all on the success of the achievement. They decide to celebrate with a round of golf the next day. It is the mysterious event which happens to the President and Cramden on the golf course, followed by an embarrassing experience with Lisa (Jean Hale) from Fabulous Face, that prompts Cramden to call on Flint. The latter, reluctant to leave his luxurious penthouse with his three lovely attendants, finally agrees to investigate the happenings after he returns from a one- week survival course in Death Valley.

    NOTES: A sequel to "Our Man Flint".

    COMMENT: Does the synopsis spark your interest? It certainly does mine! In fact, I found this follow-up more entertaining than the original Flint, thanks to a livelier script, smarter direction, and the presence of far more abundant hordes of even far more attractive women. And there's also a very engaging performance here by Andrew Duggan in a dual role. And am I sucker for players who engage in dual roles!

    Those viewers who enjoy this brand of fantastical, super-spy adventure spoof will definitely applaud this effort. Fortunately, such said viewers certainly include me! And the excitement runs for nearly two hours!
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    • Author: spacebreeze
    You have to keep in mind that this movie is a sequel and made in the mid sixties. If you're not sure why the latter is important, then you obviously aren't familiar with that decade, and it's influence on pop culture, music, dress...well, basically everything was different after the 1960's.

    Thank God political correctness hadn't been created then, or otherwise we wouldn't have most of the scenes of this movie, i.e., the Cuban passenger plane...

    I'm reasonably sure that recreational drugs were quite prevalent throughout the writing and filming stages of this movie (plus post-production, too?). Otherwise, why would the filmmakers think it necessary for the main character to be able to speak "dolphin"? If you've never seen the scenes where Colburn speaks dolphin, they alone are worth the time lost while watching this film.

    Ultimately, this film suffers from sequel-itis, in that it looks hastily written, and lacks most of the uniqueness of the original. Except, of course, for the dolphin speak.

    "Load the bong man, I got another scene to write!!"
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    • Author: SING
    "In Like Flint", the second and last Derek Flint movie, is arguably a bit better than its predecessor, but not better enough to compete with the Bond films of the same era (or with "Deadlier Than The Male", for that matter). The production is once again colorful, with some truly beautiful shots and some neat gadgets (like a time-freezing device!); the plot is more elaborate and not fully revealed until the second half of the movie; and the sexism of "Our Man Flint" has been considerably toned down (Flint is "trying to cut down" his harem habit - he has 3 instead of 4 girls in it now! - and despite his mocking the idea that women could rule the world, he acknowledges their value and even counts on their athleticism to assist him on his mission). James Coburn is once again very good in his fight scenes; the problem is that, just like in "Our Man Flint", those fight scenes make up about 90% of the total action. Gordon Douglas' direction lacks pace, and there are certain scenes that just play on too long. The result is a movie that looks good, as do many of the women in it, but feels overlong and drawn-out. (**)
  • Cast overview, first billed only:
    James Coburn James Coburn - Derek Flint
    Lee J. Cobb Lee J. Cobb - Lloyd C. Cramden
    Jean Hale Jean Hale - Lisa
    Andrew Duggan Andrew Duggan - President Trent
    Anna Lee Anna Lee - Elisabeth
    Hanna Hertelendy Hanna Hertelendy - Helena (as Hanna Landy)
    Totty Ames Totty Ames - Simone
    Steve Ihnat Steve Ihnat - Carter
    Thomas Hasson Thomas Hasson - Lt. Avery
    Mary Michael Mary Michael - Terry
    Diane Bond Diane Bond - Jan
    Jacqueline Ray Jacqueline Ray - Denise (as Jacki Ray)
    Herb Edelman Herb Edelman - Russian Premier
    Yvonne Craig Yvonne Craig - Natasha, the Ballerina
    Robert 'Buzz' Henry Robert 'Buzz' Henry - Austin (as Buzz Henry)
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