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Austin Powers is 20 years old! Here's our list of the best spy spoofs


Amazingly, groovy spy spoof Austin Powers turns 20 years old today. Yes, it's two decades since Mike Myers' horny secret agent first stormed our screens to face his nemesis, Doctor Evil. There's only one possible way to respond.

So to mark the occasion, we thought we'd select some of our favourite spy comedies – and look ahead to one just on the horizon...

In Like Flint (1967)

Referenced at the start of the second Austin Powers movie (he calls it his favourite), this stars James Coburn as suave ex-secret agent Derek Flint who must come out of retirement to save the world.

Propelled by Coburn's charisma and a fabulously swinging Jerry Goldsmith score, it set the standard for spy spoofs.

Top Secret! (1984)

The geniuses behind Airplane! reunited for this raucous parody, one that deserves to be placed alongside its more celebrated predecessor. Val Kilmer makes a brilliant debut in this spot-on mickey take of Cold War spy thrillers with the likes of Omar Sharif and Peter Cushing making scene-stealing appearances.

Spy Hard (1996)

It isn't The Naked Gun or Airplane but any Leslie Nielsen comedy is better than none at all. The late comedy legend plays Agent WD-40 who is summoned from retirement to defeat biomechanical nemesis Rancor (Andy Griffith), memorable references including take-offs from Speed and Home Alone. Plus, the Weird Al Yankovic opening credits sequence is a killer.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

The reason we're here, and quite possibly the greatest espionage comedy of them all. Mike Myers' affection for the classic James Bond movies is plain to see in this razor-sharp send-up, one that plays up 007's sex-mad antics in the form of bedroom-hopping Austin whilst bumbling megalomaniac Doctor Evil steals the show with his laser beam-equipped sharks. It spawned two blockbuster sequels and we're still waiting for the third.

Johnny English (2003)

Blackadder and Mr Bean comedy institution Rown Atkinson elevated his Barclaycard commercial character to feature-length status with this knockabout comedy. His Johnny English character continually gets wrong but there's no denying he has the gadgets to suit, including a gizmo-laden Aston Martin.

Get Smart (2008)

Not so well known on these shores, American series Get Smart was co-developed by Blazing Saddles director Mel Brooks and focused on the hapless exploits of a group of spies. The all-star big screen version featured Steve Carell in the central role of Maxwell Smart with Anne Hathaway and Dwayne Johnson providing scene-chewing support.

Spy (2015)

The dream team of Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig hit gold (finger) with this smash hit laugh riot, one that casts the Bridesmaids actress as an unassuming agent on the trail of a nuclear bomb. The show is however stolen lock, stock and barrel by a brilliant Jason Statham, gamely sending up his tough guy image as McCarthy's utterly incompetent yet boastful foil.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

Not just a knowing parody of every spy movie known to man but a full-bore violent action epic in its own right, this adaptation of Mark Millar's graphic novel proved a huge hit with audiences. A sensational Colin Firth taps into his inner-007 as the suave Kingsman agent who takes Taron Egerton's gobby upstart under his wing, the movie blending big laughs with some jaw-droppingly nasty moments.

And arriving on 20th September...

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

The huge success of the first Kingsman meant a sequel was inevitable. The Golden Circle reunites us with Egerton's Eggsy for another blast of spy antics with the movie taking us across the pond and introducing us to the Statesman. As a result the cast has swelled to introduce the all-star likes of Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal and, as the villain, Julianne Moore. Even Colin Firth is back – but how exactly?

What are your favourite spy spoofs? Let us know @Cineworld.