It is possible some of you have heard of Derek Flint, and some of you have not. For those who haven’t, it will be my pleasure to introduce you to this character.
Some may say his movies were campy, and others may say they were comedies. But after re-watching the 1966 hit “Our Man Flint” over a hundred times, I feel I firmly understand the character. Who do you know can have five girlfriends living with him at the same time, yet not be or appear chauvinistic?
Who do you know is a martial arts expert, a fencing master, a sky diver and, at the same time, a ballet teacher?
Who do you know is a master linguist, a master of disguise, an electronic expert and a scientist, and still has time to write multiple best-selling books?
His name is Derek Flint. He is all these things and more … and trust me when I tell you, I left many things out of the list.
His story: After the success of secret agent James Bond in the 1960s, some felt it was time to one up the British spy. It would have to be someone smarter, cooler and even be a greater lover. Bond was so spectacular, that being better would require a science fiction kind of hero. He would have to be above average and beyond. Perhaps such a hero would be impossible to create without it appearing comedic. He would be so over the top, few would understand him. But this didn’t stop them. Derek Flint was born despite this incredibly demanding requirements. His first movie was called “Our Man Flint,” and it was a huge success.
In this movie, we are introduced to Flint, played by the late (and beloved) James Coburn (“The Magnificent Seven” and many, many more). Flint is a retired military vet. He lives in a penthouse in New York. He enjoys luxury and art, you can tell by his far-out home. His home is on the top floor of a grand building, and it is so cool that he had home security technology available to him at that time, that is just now, 44 year later, finally becoming available to us.
“Our Man Flint’s” influence is still is felt to this day. One example is that the main villain in the movie “Die Hard” is named “Hans Gruber” — the same as a villain Flint fight and kills in the movie. It is also important to mention that the amazing catchy music for the movie was created and brought to life by the Jerry Goldsmith (“Kingdom of Heaven,” just to name one, because list is endless).
As you can see, I can go on talking about this character and all his amazing traits and achievements forever. But today, we want to talk about why I feel they should make a new “Flint” movie.
With the success of the “Bourne” series, a “24” movie in the works, another “Mission Impossible” movie on its way, and the amazing “James Bond” reboot phenomenon, secret agent movies are here to stay. It is fair to say in my opinion that this ’60s hero (Flint) deserves a chance to return as well. If done right, a new “Flint” movie could be a huge success. I believe casting is very important for “Flint” to work. It needs to be someone confident, someone that could be good at disguises, someone who isn’t too young, but looks great for their age. Perhaps someone that you couldn’t guess their age by looking at them. This is all part of the “Flint” intrigue and mystery. This person must also be I great shape, and well spoken.
Some actors I feel would be good for the role of “Flint” are Brad Pitt and perhaps Bradley Cooper, and although Bradley might be a touch young, I feel he could pull it off.
All in all, with the right actor, Flint could really be translated to our modern world. He is a character that could definitely rattle the 21st Century. He isn’t your average spy, because he isn’t interested in espionage or saving the world or being a lethal weapon. He has no real cause. He is just simply trying to better himself and enrich his life, by enhancing his knowledge and enjoying it to its fullest. Now, because he has all this knowledge, and so much experience in so many fields, he can be a dangerous threat should you cross paths with him.
Yes, Flint would definitely be a fresh new take on spies, one for the new generation. An agent you can’t recruit, he is submerged in his work and pleasures. You can’t offer him money, because he is already rich. If he decides to help, it will because of a personal reason. He will do it for free — plus he funds his own mission, he provides his own transportation, land, air or sea. He uses his own equipment, and doesn’t need help or a partner. See, he’s different. We need a “Flint” movie.
He could change spy movies forever … once again.
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