AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME
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
"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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