Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
The Spy Who Shagged Me
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|Directed by||Jay Roach|
|Produced by||John S. Lyons
|Written by||Mike Myers
by Mike Myers
|Music by||George S. Clinton|
|Editing by||Debra Neil-Fisher
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema (USA)
Alliance Atlantis (Canada)
|Release dates||June 11, 1999|
|Running time||95 minutes|
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is a 1999 action comedy film and the second film in the Austin Powers series. It is preceded by the original film, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) and followed by Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). The film was directed by Jay Roach, co-written by Mike Myers and screenwriter Michael McCullers, and once again stars Myers as the title character. Myers also plays Dr. Evil and Fat Bastard.
The film's title is a play on the 1977 Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me and contains plot elements from The Pink Panther Strikes Again and the other James Bond films, Diamonds Are Forever (laser gun plot), You Only Live Twice (secret volcano base), Moonraker (outer space), The Man with the Golden Gun (Mini Me based on character Nick Nack) and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (opening sequence in which Vanessa Kensington dies).
The film grossed around US$310 million in worldwide ticket sales, taking more money during its opening weekend than the entire box office proceeds of its predecessor. It was nominated at the 72nd Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Makeup.
Austin Powers is enjoying his honeymoon with his wife, the former Vanessa Kensington. She turns out to be one of Dr. Evil’s fembots, who attempts to kill Austin, then self-destructs. Austin grieves briefly, then proceeds to the hotel lobby naked and celebrates being single again.
A NATO monitoring facility observes the return of Dr. Evil and informs British intelligence. At Dr. Evil’s Seattle headquarters, Dr. Evil is presented with a one-eighth-size clone of himself whom he calls Mini-Me.
Dr. Evil unveils his latest evil plan: he has developed a time machine to go back to the 1960s and steal Austin’s mojo, the source of Austin's sexual appeal. Dr. Evil and Mini-Me go back to 1969 and meet a younger Number Two and Frau Farbissina. An obese "Scottish Guard" called Fat Bastard extracts Austin’s mojo from his frozen body at the Ministry of Defence Cryo Chamber. British intelligence warns Austin that one of Dr Evil’s agents is after him, and during a photo shoot the wanton Ivana Humpalot seduces him, but at the last moment she claims he is too sexy for her to kill him. They have sex in his bed, but do not get far before he discovers that he has lost his mojo and is impotent.
The MOD sends Austin back to 1969 with its own time travel device, a convertible Volkswagen New Beetle. Austin arrives at a party in his London pad and with the assistance of a CIA agent, Felicity Shagwell, escapes an assassination attempt by two of Dr. Evil’s operatives. Austin and Felicity are pursued by Mustafa, another of Dr. Evil's henchmen; when caught he reveals the existence of Dr. Evil's secret volcano lair. Before he can divulge its location, Mini-Me shoots him in the neck with a dart.
After examining photographs from the crime scene at MOD headquarters, Austin identifies Fat Bastard as the perpetrator of the theft of his mojo. At Dr. Evil’s lair, Fat Bastard arrives with Austin’s mojo. Dr. Evil drinks some of it and has sex with Frau Farbissina. This results in an awkward situation when Frau reveals that she is pregnant. At the same moment Scott, Dr. Evil's son, arrives through the time portal. Dr. Evil announces his latest plan: to hold the world ransom by threatening to destroy major cities each hour, using a giant laser on the moon. In London, Austin and Felicity get to know each other, but when Felicity tries to have sex with Austin, he turns her down because of his lost mojo.
Under MOD instructions to implant a homing device into Fat Bastard, Felicity seduces him, allowing her to plant it in his buttocks. Fat Bastard forces it out of his bowels into a Paddington Station toilet, but a stool sample from the scene is analyzed to reveal traces of a vegetable that only grows on one Caribbean island. Austin and Felicity arrive on the island, but are apprehended. They are put in a cell with a guard who is overcome when Felicity exposes her breasts. Dr. Evil and Mini-Me leave for the moon to install the giant laser and are followed by Austin and Felicity, who hitch a ride on Apollo 11. In Dr. Evil’s moon base, Austin battles with Mini-Me, eventually flushing him into space. As Austin confronts Dr. Evil, Dr. Evil gives him a choice: save the world or Felicity, who is locked in a chamber with poison gas.
Felicity tells Austin to save the world and he succeeds in doing so by kicking Frau, diverting the laser and saving Washington D.C. Felicity is killed by the poison gas. Austin chases Dr. Evil and shoots him in the leg. Before Austin can kill him, Dr. Evil tells him he could use the time machine to save Felicity and the world. Austin travels ten minutes into the past, meeting up with himself and saving both the world and Felicity. Dr. Evil initiates the self-destruct mechanism of the moon base and escapes in his rocket after throwing Austin's mojo into the air. Both Austins fail to catch it and it crashes on the floor and is destroyed. Felicity points out that all the things Austin has done show that he never lost his mojo. They escape through the time portal to 1999.
At Austin's Pad, Fat Bastard makes another attempt to assassinate Austin, but Felicity disarms him. Felicity and Austin then throw a party. Dr. Evil recovers Mini-Me from space and vows to "get" Austin. On Jerry Springer, Scott learns he was not created in a test tube but is the love child of Dr. Evil and Frau Farbissina. Austin returns to his pad, only to discover the past Austin, who claims that since he and Austin are the same person, it is not cheating. Austin forgives Felicity.
- Mike Myers as Austin Powers, Dr. Evil, Fat Bastard
- Heather Graham as Felicity Shagwell
- Michael York as Basil Exposition
- Robert Wagner as Number 2
- Rob Lowe as Young Number 2
- Mindy Sterling as Frau Farbissina
- Seth Green as Scott Evil
- Verne Troyer as Mini-Me
- Elizabeth Hurley as Vanessa Kensington
- Gia Carides as Robin Spitz-Swallows
- Will Ferrell as Mustafa
- Oliver Muirhead as British Colonel
- Clint Howard as Johnson Ritter
- Kristen Johnston as Ivana Humpalot
- Kevin Durand as Bazooka Marksman Joe
- Jeff Garlin as Cyclops
- Jennifer Coolidge as Woman at Football Game
- Michael McDonald as NATO Soldier
- Burt Bacharach as Himself
- Elvis Costello as Himself
- Jerry Springer (cameo appearance) as Himself
- Steve Wilkos (cameo appearance) as Himself
- Rebecca Romijn as Herself
- Woody Harrelson as Himself
- Fred Willard as Mission Commander
- Tim Robbins as The President, would be Richard Nixon in 1969
- J.P. Manoux (deleted scenes) as French Bellhop
- Mitch Rouse (uncredited) as Himself
- Tony Jay (uncredited) as Voice of Narrator
- Willie Nelson as Himself
In the UK, two sets of TV adverts for the film existed, for showing before and after the watershed. The former was designed to air during daytime hours and only gave part of the title, (Austin Powers: The Spy Who—), before cutting off with one of a range of slightly suggestive scenes from the film, such as Austin squeezing out the contents of a massage oil bottle. The post watershed adverts, aired later in the evening, gave the full title. There were also two variations of the posters; one of them asterisked out the middle of the offending word or had named the film as Austin Powers 2.
Singapore briefly forced a title change to The Spy Who Shioked Me (shioked means “treated nicely”). In Finland the film was called Agentti joka tuuppasi minua (The spy who bumped me), in Croatia Špijun koji me hvatao (The spy who groped me), in China The Spy Who Liked Me a Lot. The Italian version was titled La spia che ci provava, which can be roughly translated as The spy who tried [to seduce], but in a slightly more provocative way. In Brazil, it was named as Austin Powers - O Agente Bond Cama, roughly translated as The Spy Good in Bed (a gag with the pronunciation of James Bond's last name, which can be interpreted as "bom de", meaning "good at something").
Not all countries translated the title into something less raunchy. The Norwegian title of the movie is Spionen som spermet meg, which is a slightly dirtier way of saying “The Spy Who Ejaculated on Me”. In Quebec, the title is "Austin Powers: Agent 00sexe" (Austin Powers: Agent 00sex). The French title is L'Espion qui m'a tirée (the spy who took me), which is more less a translation of the original title. The German title is "Spion in geheimer Missionarsstellung", roughly translatable to "Spy on a secret missionary position" - "In geheimer Mission" ("On a secret Mission") was the German title of the TV-series original of Mission: Impossible.
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As with the first film, the international release of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me differs from its North American releases, as it includes scenes omitted in the North American version. Many of these scenes are accessible on the Region 1 DVD.
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The plot and several of the gimmicks closely resemble that of the 1976 film The Pink Panther Strikes Again. The scene in which Dr. Evil appears on television issuing an ultimatum to the US President is evidently based on Herbert Lom's performance in that film as well as his laugh and use of a laser beam as the criminal mastermind in the film. The Russian agent and love scenes in The Spy Who Shagged Me also appear to draw upon that film for inspiration. One author said that Pink Panther "anticipates the Austin Powers series", and another said that "the intrigue-filled plot of The Pink Panther Strikes Again resembles the later Austin Powers movies -- but with more old-school slapstick than Austin's raunchy, oft-distasteful bathroom humor." The film also primarily draws upon the James Bond franchise for inspiration. For example the hotel in which Powers is staying in during the opening credits has a sign for Casino Royale, but it is mainly influenced by the James Bond films You Only Live Twice and Moonraker, as well as the title being a parody of The Spy Who Loved Me. Many of the characters, scenes and jokes referencing early Bond movies were recycled from the first Austin Powers film, but there were also some new references:
- Dr. No (1962): White bikini sequence with Felicity and Austin parodying the beach arrival of Honey Rider.
- From Russia With Love (1963): The role of Fat Bastard plays a similar function as to that of Red Grant;
- Goldfinger (1964): When Dr. Evil's assassin tries to kill Austin Powers in a 1969 club he sees her accomplice's reflection by looking into her eyes. The title song is a parody of the Goldfinger title song.
- Thunderball (1965): The scene where Austin sees the henchman in the girl's eye could also be seen as a slight nod to the scene where Bond sees Vargas seeking up on him and Domino.
- Casino Royale (1967): The bagpipes sequence. A sign reading 'Casino Royale' in the opening sequence. The Burt Bacharach music.
- You Only Live Twice (1967): Mini-Me being eaten by a space shuttle and Dr. Evil's headquarters inside a hollow volcano.
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969): The death of Vanessa at the beginning of the movie.
- Diamonds Are Forever (1971): The part of the plot dealing with laser guns.
- Live and Let Die (1972): Fat Bastard similar to Sheriff J.W. Pepper.
- The Man with the Golden Gun (1974): Mini-Me similar to Nick-Nack.
- The Spy Who Loved Me (1977): The title of the film. Plot to destroy an entire city, Stromberg's plan to simultaneously destroy Moscow and New York City; Dr. Evil intends to destroy the District of Columbia.
- Moonraker (1979): Dr. Evil building a new headquarter in space. Bond/Powers collaborating with a female CIA agent.
When Dr. Evil threatens the 1969 U.S. government with his laser, he uses the White House explosion scene from the Independence Day film trailer to demonstrate its destructive capabilities. Dr. Evil calls the laser on the moon a "Death Star" a reference from Star Wars. Scott laughs at this and replies to Dr. Evil's questioning with "Nothing, Darth", a reference to Darth Vader. Similarly, when Austin is about to kill Evil, the latter stops him to say, "Know this... Austin... I am your father" in a voice mimicking Vader's, a reference to a scene from The Empire Strikes Back. Dr. Evil's Base in the moon is divided in two units: Moon Unit Alpha and Moon Unit Zappa - the latter being the name of Frank Zappa's daughter, Moon Unit Zappa. He names his moon-based laser after the Progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project. Correspondingly, in 1999, Alan Parsons released an album entitled The Time Machine, which featured a bonus track titled "Dr. Evil Edit" featuring Mike Myers. When Dr. Evil's chair on the moon experiences a malfunction giving it an apparent mind of its own, he quotes from the 1973 film The Exorcist, with "I need an old Priest and a young Priest" followed by "The power of Christ compels you!" and much violence to the chair.
|Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me|
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Released||June 1, 1999|
|Recorded||August 1998 - May 1999|
|Austin Powers series chronology|
|More Music From the Motion Picture Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me|
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Released||October 26, 1999|
|Austin Powers series chronology|
- "Beautiful Stranger" - Madonna
- "My Generation" - The Who (live at BBC)
- "Draggin' the Line" - R.E.M.
- "American Woman" - Lenny Kravitz
- "Word Up!" - Melanie B (credited as Melanie G)
- "Just The Two Of Us (Dr. Evil Mix)" - Dr. Evil (Mike Myers)
- "Espionage" - Green Day
- "Time of the Season" - Big Blue Missile/Scott Weiland
- "Buggin'" - The Flaming Lips
- "Alright" - The Lucy Nation
- "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" - Burt Bacharach/Elvis Costello
- "Soul Bossa Nova (Dim's Space-A-Nova)" - Quincy Jones & His Orchestra
The soundtrack sold over 1 million copies in the USA and was certified Platinum. A second soundtrack was also released, entitled More Music From the Motion Picture.
More Music track listing
- "Austin Meets Felicity" - Film Dialogue
- "Am I Sexy?" - Lords of Acid
- "I'm a Believer" - The Monkees
- "Magic Carpet Ride" - Steppenwolf
- "American Woman" - The Guess Who
- "Get The Girl" - The Bangles
- "Bachelord Pad" (FPM Edit) - Fantastic Plastic Machine
- "Let's Get It On" - Marvin Gaye
- "Crash!" - Propellerheads
- "Time of the Season" - The Zombies
- "Dr. Evil" - They Might Be Giants
- "The Austin Powers Shagaphonic Medley" - George S. Clinton
- "Beautiful Stranger" (Calderone Radio Mix) - Madonna
In addition, a score album featuring cues from both George S. Clinton scores (tracks 1-7 from the first film, track 8 an arrangement of Quincy Jones's "Soul Bossa Nova," and tracks 9-16 from the second) was released.
- Vanessa's Theme
- Evil Plot/Steamroller/Mutant Sea Bass
- Danger March
- Hit & Run/Heroic Austin
- Probe/Fembots/Evil Orbit
- Soul Bossa Nova
- I'm Back/Mini-Me/Time Portal
- Monkey Man
- The Shagga-Nova
- Evil Island/Inside Out
- Felicity's Theme
- Laser Model
- Blast Off/Fat Bastard/Prisoners
- Swinger Landing/10 Minutes Ago/Gonna Blow/Time Portal Reprise
American Film Institute recognition:
- Natale, Richard (June 14, 1999). "Feelin' Pretty Groovy: 'Austin Powers,' the Spy Who's No. 1". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 5, 2010.
- "NO JOKE ALMOST BY HERSELF, HEATHER GRAHAM TAKES AUSTIN POWERS SERIOUSLY". Chicago Tribune. June 17, 1999. Retrieved November 5, 2010.
- Lundington Daily News - Jun 21, 1999
- "Austin Powers 2: Špijun koji me hvatao". filmski.net (in Croatian). Retrieved May 4, 2013.
- The Video Librarian. Randy Pitman. 2004. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- "The Pink Panther Strikes Again". Commonsensemedia.org. June 7, 2005. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- Boldman, Gina. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me at AllMusic
- Boldman, Gina. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me at AllMusic
- "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 20, 2009.
- "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me". Metacritic. Retrieved January 9, 2010.
- AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains Nominees
- Weinraub, Bernard (June 14, 1999). "'Austin' Sequel Is Behaving Very Well At Box Office". The New York Times. Retrieved November 5, 2010.
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