Sunday, May 29, 2011

Movie Moments: #44

Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

Not the best Austin Powers flick.  As usually there are the internal references and parodies of Bond movies but there are also some truly Ewww! moments, mostly concerning The Fat Bastard.  It is today’s Movie Moment in that it raises a valid issue about the Bond movies,  typified by the previous Movie Moment about Bond and Goldfinger’s laser.

Dr Evil and Mini-Me escape prison and link up with another super bad dude, Goldmember, so named because he lost his genitalia in a smelting accident and replaced his private parts with a golden key.  They kidnap Austin’s dad, superspy Nigel Powers, played by Michael Caine looking like Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File. (Austin’s glasses are a copy of those worn by Harry Palner).

Dr Evil:  Scott, I want you to meet daddy's nemesis, Austin Powers
Scott Evil:  Why are you feeding him? Why don't you just kill him?
Dr Evil:   In due time.
Scott Evil:   But what if he escapes?  Why don’t you just shoot him.  What are you waiting for?
Dr Evil: I have an even better idea. I'm going to place him in an easily escapable situation involving an overly elaborate and exotic death.
Scott Evil:  Why don’t you just shoot him now?  Here, I’ll get a gun.  We’ll just shoot him.  Bang.  Dead.  Done.
Dr Evil:  One more peep out of you and you’re grounded.
(Dr Evil orders that Bond  and Foxxy be lowered into a tank of ravenous, mutated sea bass.)
Dr Evil:  Come, let’s return to dinner.  Close the tank.
Scott Evil: Aren't you going to watch them? They’ll get away.
Dr Evil: No we’ll leave them alone and not actually witness them dying, and we’ll just assume it all went to plan.
Scott Evil: I have a gun, in my room.  Give me five seconds, I'll  come back  and  blow their brains out!
DrEvil: No Scott, you just don't get it, do you?

Sean Connery was approached to play Nigel Powers.

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