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Austin Powers (film series)

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The Austin Powers series is a series of three American action-comedy films: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 1997, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 and Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 The films were directed by Jay Roach; produced, written by and starring Mike Myers as both the title character and Dr Evil; and distributed by New Line Cinema

The franchise parodies numerous films and characters, including James Bond, Derek Flint, Matt Helm, and Jason King, and incorporates myriad other elements of popular culture as it follows a British spy's quest to bring his nemesis down The character represents an archetype of 1960s Swinging London, with his advocacy for free love, his use of obscure impressions and his clothing style

The films poke fun at the outrageous plots, rampant sexual innuendo, and two dimensional stock characters characteristically associated with 1960s spy films, as well as the cliché of the ultra-suave super spy Contrary to the handsome, super-smooth leading men of the James Bond genre, Austin Powers is not conventionally attractive he is especially known for his bad teeth, although female characters in the films seem to find him irresistible

The general theme of the films is that the arch villain Dr Evil plots to extort large sums of money from governments or international bodies but is constantly thwarted by Powers, and to a degree his own inexperience with life and culture in the 1990s In the first film, Austin and Dr Evil are awakened after being cryogenically frozen for 30 years Continuing to incorporate cultural elements of the 1960s and 1970s, the second and third films feature time travel as a plot device and deliberately overlook inconsistencies A proposed fourth film, Austin Powers 4, has reportedly been in development since 2005, but has yet to be produced as of 2017


  • 1 Development
  • 2 Cast and characters
  • 3 Crew
  • 4 Cars
  • 5 Reception
    • 51 Box office performance
    • 52 Critical reaction
  • 6 Media
    • 61 Films
    • 62 Games
  • 7 Future
  • 8 Notes
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links


Myers himself has stated in interviews that the idea for Austin Powers came to him one night while driving home from ice hockey practice Hearing the song "The Look of Love" by Burt Bacharach on his car radio, he wondered "Where have all the swingers gone" and conceived the character who would become Austin Powers

The first phrase he thought the character might say was "Do I make you horny" which later did indeed become a catch phrase for the character He has also disclosed that the character also draws on his recollections of former Radio Caroline DJ Simon Dee, who hosted the first real television chat show in the United Kingdom in 1967, which ended with his driving off in a sports car with a young blonde in the passenger seat An important inspiration for the series is British super spy James Bond Myers said of Bond, "I can't even tell you how huge it was in our house That's really why I wanted to do Austin Powers Austin Powers is out of pure love for James Bond"1

Though Myers is Canadian by birth, his parents are natives of Liverpool, England, and Myers holds dual nationality Although the films parody the plots and characters of 1960s spy movies, and the Swinging London fashion scene of the era, the humour is influenced by Myers's British heritage, particularly the Carry On films and the comedic works of Benny Hill and Peter Sellers, the latter of whom Myers is a self-confessed fan his favorite films being the Bond spoof Casino Royale and The Party2

Austin Powers is everything I watched on TV in the late sixties My parents were from Liverpool, and there's no one more English than an Englishman who no longer lives there Every molecule of British culture that came across the Atlantic was tasted and worshipped

— Mike Myers2

Influences from Sellers' films are apparent throughout the series; the character of Austin Powers reflects the inspiration of Sellers' portrayal of the character Robert Danvers in the 1970 film There's a Girl in My Soup Powers' dandyish appearance can also be shown to have been inspired by that of the fictional Jason King – the adventurous character from the ITV Spy fi series Department S who was featured in the eponymous spin-off series

Other obviously apparent influences are The Beatles films, The Monkees television series, James Bondage, and the "cocktail party" skits from Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In

Cast and charactersedit

Main article: List of Austin Powers characters List indicators
  • A dark grey cell indicates the character did not appear in the film
Character Film
International Man of Mystery 1997 The Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 Goldmember 2002
Austin Powers Mike Myers
Doctor Evil
Basil Exposition Michael York
Number 2 Robert Wagner
Frau Farbissina Mindy Sterling
Scott Evil Seth Green
Vanessa Kensington Elizabeth Hurley  
Number 2 in 1969   Rob Lowe
Mini-Me   Verne Troyer
Fat Bastard   Mike Myers
Mrs Kensington Mimi Rogers  
Felicity Shagwell   Heather Graham  
Foxxy Cleopatra   Beyoncé Knowles
Nigel Powers   Michael Caine
Number 3   Fred Savage
Goldmember   Mike Myers
Young Austin Powers   Aaron Himelstein
Young Doctor Evil   Josh Zuckerman
Young Basil Exposition   Eddie Adams
Young Number 2   Evan Farmer
Young Nigel Powers   Scott Aukerman


Occupation Films
Austin Powers:
International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers:
The Spy Who Shagged Me
Austin Powers:
Director Jay Roach
Producers Mike Myers
Demi Moore
Jennifer Todd
Suzanne Todd
Mike Myers
John S Lyons
Eric McLeod
Demi Moore
Jennifer Todd
Suzanne Todd
Writers Mike Myers Mike Myers
Michael McCullers
Composer George S Clinton
Cinematographer Peter Deming Ueli Steiger Peter Deming
Editors Debra Neil-Fisher
Dawn Hoggatt
Debra Neil-Fisher
Jon Poll
Greg Hayden
Jon Poll
Production company Capella International
Moving Pictures
Eric's Boy
Team Todd
Moving Pictures
Eric's Boy
Gratitude International
Team Todd
Moving Pictures
Distributor New Line Cinema
Running time 92 minutes 95 minutes 98 minutes
Release date May 2, 1997 June 11, 1999 July 26, 2002


Powers' "Shaguar"

The series featured two cars number plates "SWINGER" and "SWINGER2" and collectively dubbed the "Shaguars" that were portrayed by a 1961 Jaguar E-Type and a 2001 XK8 convertible, with a Union Jack paint scheme The Ministry of Defence creates two cars to transport Powers through time: a psychedelic rainbow painted 1999 Volkswagen "New Beetle" convertible in the second film, and a purple 1975 Cadillac Eldorado Fleetwood "pimpmobile" number plate "SWNGR 3" in the third

Additionally, Felicity Shagwell drives a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with an American flag paint scheme in the second film and Nigel Powers has a 2001 Mini Cooper – able to travel underwater, and which bears the number plate "GR8SHAG" – in the third


See also: List of accolades received by the Austin Powers film series

Box office performanceedit

Film Release date Budget Box office revenue Box office ranking
United States Foreign Worldwide All time domestic All time worldwide
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery3 May 2, 1997 $165 million $53,883,989 $13,800,000 $67,683,989 #1,171
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me4 June 11, 1999 $33 million $206,040,086 $105,976,772 $312,016,858 #119
Austin Powers in Goldmember5 July 26, 2002 $63 million $213,307,889 $83,347,542 $296,655,431 #110
Total6 $1125 million $7008473231964000000♠473,231,964 $7008203124314000000♠203,124,314 $7008676356278000000♠676,356,278

Critical reactionedit

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic Cinema
International Man of Mystery 70% 60 reviews7 51 25 reviews8 B-9
The Spy Who Shagged Me 51% 85 reviews10 59 34 reviews11 B+9
Goldmember 54% 182 reviews12 62 34 reviews13 B+9
Average 58% 57 B+



The series consists of three films:

  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery released on May 2, 1997
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me released on June 11, 1999
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember released on July 26, 2002


Video games
  • Austin Powers: Oh, Behave! Game Boy Color
  • Austin Powers: Welcome to My Underground Lair! Game Boy Color
  • Austin Powers in Operation Trivia PC and Macintosh
  • Austin Powers Pinball PlayStation and PC
  • Austin Powers Collectible Card Game by Decipher Inc released in 1999
  • Austin Powers; a Stern Pinball machine released in 2001


HBO purchased the rights to produce a cartoon series based on the Austin Powers films in May 1999 Despite announcing plans for a thirteen episode season, HBO ultimately shelved the project141516

In October 2005, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mike Myers discussed the possibility of studio sources moving forward with a fourth film "There is hope!" "We're all circling and talking to each other I miss doing the characters"17 In May 2007, in an interview with IGN, "So no more Austin Powers" was asked, and Myers replied, "No, no, there is a fully conceived idea for a fourth and I can just say that it's from Dr Evil's point of view So if you balanced how much of it was Austin with Dr Evil, it's more about Dr Evil than Austin"18

In May 2007, at the Shrek the Third première, Mike Myers announced that a fourth Austin Powers film was planned, but that it would focus more on Dr Evil rather than Austin He also said that he'd start work on it after he started work on The Love Guru, which became a box office bomb19In February 2008, it was announced that Jay Roach would return as director In April 2008, it was reported that Gisele Bündchen had been offered a role in the film20 In June 2008, in an interview, when asked about another Austin Powers film, Myers stated, "I have an idea, and again it's one of those things that will emerge or it won't"21 In July 2008, Mike Myers stated that he had begun writing Austin Powers 4, and that the plot is "really about Dr Evil and his son"22

In March 2010, Jay Roach indicated to MTV that Myers is working on ideas for a fourth film2324 In August 2011, Mike Myers revealed he would return, and had begun writing a script for a fourth installment25 In September 2013, when asked about the future of Austin Powers, Myers answered "I'm still figuring that out"26 Also, in September 2015, Verne Troyer expressed his desire to return as Mini-Me if he was asked to do so27

In August 2016, in a telephone interview, Mike Myers stated "Everything is being negotiated and worked out and all that stuff" in regards to the fourth installment of the Austin Powers film series28 In April 2017, as the twentieth anniversary approached for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Mike Myers claimed he would love to do another Austin Powers film, but you would just have to see29 Two days later, director Jay Roach stated that a fourth film would only occur if Myers creates a good story for it30


  1. ^ Adjusted totals based on current ticket prices by Box Office Mojo


  1. ^ Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 Passion Pictures / Red Box Films 2014-01-05 
  2. ^ a b John Storey 2010 "Culture and Power in Cultural Studies: The Politics of Signification" p 60 Edinburgh University Press
  3. ^ "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 1997" Box Office Mojo Retrieved 2012-09-17 
  4. ^ "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1999" Box Office Mojo Retrieved 2012-09-17 
  5. ^ "Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002" Box Office Mojo Retrieved 2012-09-17 
  6. ^ "Austin Powers series" Box Office Mojo Retrieved 23 December 2016 
  7. ^ "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" Rotten Tomatoes Flixster Retrieved 2012-09-17 
  8. ^ "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" Metacritic CNET Networks, Inc 2012-09-17 
  9. ^ a b c "CinemaScore review" CinemaScore 23 December 2016 
  10. ^ "Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me" Rotten Tomatoes Flixster Retrieved 2012-09-17 
  11. ^ "Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me" Metacritic CNET Networks, Inc Retrieved 2012-09-17 
  12. ^ "Austin Powers in Goldmember" Rotten Tomatoes Flixster Retrieved 2012-09-17 
  13. ^ "Austin Powers in Goldmember" Metacritic CNET Networks, Inc Retrieved 2012-09-17 
  14. ^ Kaplan, Don 1999-05-04 "YEAH, BABY! HBO SINKS TEETH INTO 'AUSTIN POWERS' CARTOON" The New York Post Retrieved 2010-11-05 
  15. ^ Seiler, Andy 1999-06-21 "The spy who won't go away HBO will animate 'Austin Powers,' and a third movie is expected" USA Today Retrieved 2010-11-05 
  16. ^ Ressner, Jeffrey 1999-06-21 "Cinema: Austin's Power" Time Retrieved 2010-12-04 
  17. ^ "Mike Myers may return to ''Austin Powers''" Entertainment Weekly Retrieved 2015-04-26 
  18. ^ "IGN: Interview: Mike Myers and Antonio Banderas" IGN Retrieved 2015-04-26 
  19. ^ Adler, Shawn 8 May 2007 "Mike Myers Revives Dr Evil, Plus Kirsten Dunst, 'High School Musical' & More, In Movie File" MTV Retrieved 2015-04-26 
  20. ^ Orange, B Alan 14 April 2008 "Is Gisele Bundchen the Next ‘Austin Powers’ Girl" Moviewebcom Retrieved 2015-04-26 
  21. ^ "Mike Myers on Love Guru, Shrek 4, Austin 4 and Wayne's World" Latino Review Retrieved 2015-04-26 
  22. ^ "Mike Myers is Writing Austin Powers 4" Slashfilm Retrieved 2015-04-26 
  23. ^ "Fourth 'Austin Powers' Movie Will Go 'Somewhere You Haven't Though Of,' Jay Roach Says" MTV Retrieved 2010-10-14 
  24. ^ "Mike Myers Revives Dr Evil" MTV Retrieved 2007-05-09 
  25. ^ "Exclusive: Mike Myers is signed, sealed, delivered for 'Austin Powers 4'" Hitfix Retrieved 2015-04-26 
  26. ^ "Toronto: Fleming Q&A’s Mike Myers On 'Supermensch' Directorial Debut" Deadline Retrieved September 16, 2013 
  27. ^ http://wwwirishexaminercom/breakingnews/entertainment/verne-troyer-waiting-for-the-call-for-austin-powers-4-697306html
  28. ^ The Canadian Press 25 August 2016 "Mike Myers talks 'Wayne's World,' the Leafs, 'Austin Powers'" The Chronicle Herald Retrieved 27 August 2016 
  29. ^ "Austin Powers 4: 'I would love to do another' Mike Meyers says as original turns 20" independentcouk 28 April 2017 Retrieved 26 May 2017 
  30. ^ http://wwwdarkhorizonscom/jay-roach-on-why-theres-no-austin-powers-4/

External linksedit

  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery on Internet Movie Database
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me on Internet Movie Database
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember on Internet Movie Database
  • Austin Powers 4 on Internet Movie Database Rumoured for many years but never gone into production

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