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4.0 out of 5 stars The Original Austin Powers Movie, August 14, 2002
This review is from: Casino Royale (DVD)
This was made in the mid 1960's, at the hight of the Bond Boom and popular legend has it that it was an artistic and comercial disaster. Althogh it did better at the box office than it is often given credit it had massive production costs and it certanly isn't as well made as the official Bond films but it is also not without merit.
It has a wonderful cast headed by David Niven and Peter Sellers along with the good and the great of British comedy from the period. Ursula Andress is the female lead and unlike her apearance in "Dr. No", we at least get to hear her real voice; her exotic cosumes were designed by Julie Harris who went on to perform a similar service in "Live and Let Die".
The photography is surperb and the digital remastering makes it truly a feast for the eyes. The production design is at least comparable with the EON series.
My favorite aspect of the film is Bert Bacharach's score; almost every scene has its own tune and each one is a delight. "The Look Of Love" has to be one of the most sensual songs ever writen for a film and it has the images to match! Bacharach and David worked hard to capture the movement of Ursula Andress and they more than succeded.
The only thing that lets the movie down is that it is episodic feel to the whole film (probably because of the numerous directors) and the fact that it is about twenty minutes too long. It is hard to sustain tounge in cheek humour for over two and a half houres.
The Austin Powers films owe a lot to this and several other movies of the period ("Our Man Flint" the Matt Helm Movies etc.) and its fun to see where he got his insperation.
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Initial post: Dec 1, 2008 12:47:43 PM PST
Gene D. Noah says:
How could he review this edition six years before it was released?

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 12:48:14 PM PST
Gene D. Noah says:
How could he review this edition six years before it was released?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2009 1:55:53 AM PST
DCGUY says:
The review is actually for the 2002 release of the DVD, not the 2008 one. Amazon has a habit of placing the reviews of an item to all listings related to that title whether it is a past or recent release.
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