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AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME

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FROM THE AGENT FILES: AUSTIN POWERS -- HIS ORIGINS, HIS QUIRKS, HIS MIGHTY MOJO

FROM THE AGENT FILES: AUSTIN POWERS -- HIS ORIGINS, HIS QUIRKS, HIS MIGHTY MOJO

It all began in the imagination of Mike Myers, who grew up in Canada raised by parents who hailed from the land of fab gear: Liverpool, England. "I grew up with 'all things English': James Bond as well as Peter Sellers," explains Myers. Later, Myers would meld both influences into a singular unit of suave silliness.

"I loved that era when everything was made sexy, everything was eroticized. You couldn't have a kettle, you had to have a . . . sexy kettle. You couldn't just be a flight attendant, you had to be a sexy stew. Then one day, I think it was 1978, it all just stopped, but not for Austin Powers."

In his first incarnation, Austin Powers entered the '90s with all his '60s accoutrements in tow: groovy lingo, hip-dislocating dances, judo chops and a love of all turn-ons no matter how politically incorrect. But what to do for an encore? Myers decided to put the vehicle into reverse: this time bringing Austin Powers back to the free love '60s, but with his newly acquired '90s sensibilities intact. "You can take the boy out of the '60s, but you can't take the '60s out of the boy," Myers explains. "Having spent so much time in the '90s, it turns out he may have lost a bit of his confidence with the ladies. And that's dangerously close to being square."

Director Jay Roach, who once again brings his distinctive comedic approach to Austin Powers, takes a philosophical look at the latest Powers predicament. "By living in the '90s, Austin has somehow lost touch with what it really means to be Austin Powers," explains Roach. "The physical representation of that is that he's lost his mojo, the mysterious source of his sexual prowess, his romantic soul, his savoir faire, his joie de vivre, his raison d'etre and all those silly French phrases. So he has to go back to the '60s, returning to his lost essence by returning to the era where his spiritual home still lies. What is clear throughout the story is that what Austin is really looking for, whether he's in the '60s or the '90s, is not his mojo but love."

Summing up Austin's appeal, Jay Roach continues: "He is a guy who has managed to maintain tremendous incompetence in the face of having attained legendary super spy status. No matter how much he bungles the mission up, he's still the best man for the job. Who else is there like that? Who else has his style? When you're flipping through the cable channels and you hit all these normal looking '90s films and then all the '60s films and then you hit Austin Powers it's neither. It's something unusual and weird and different but connected to them both."

FROM THE ENEMY FILES: DR.EVIL, A SQUARE IN SEARCH OF POWER

Austin Powers' arch rival, Dr. Evil, is the perfect match for the international man of mystery: he is as square as Austin is swinging, as greedy as Austin is freedom-loving and as incompetent as, well, as Austin is incompetent. In The Spy Who Shagged Me, Dr. Evil returns with a far more fiendishly ingenious and sublimely ridiculous doomsday scheme than anyone, including Austin Powers, thought possible. Oversized lasers, undersized clones and a mojo-in-a-bottle are just a few of the entirely too ambitious criminal concepts he will use in his plot to take over the planet.

Like Austin Powers, Dr. Evil's origins lie in '60s cinematic lore. According to Mike Myers, Dr. Evil was inspired by such classic diabolical villains as Bond's Blof

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