Contents 1 Development 2 Cast and characters 3 Crew 4 Cars 5 Reception 5.1 Box office performance 5.2 Critical reaction 6 Media 6.1 Films 6.2 Games 7 Future 8 Notes 9 References 10 External links


Development[edit] 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 Party).[2] 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 Myers.[2] 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 BBC's Adam Adamant Lives! TV series, whose protagonist was a Victorian-era spy who was frozen in 1902 and then revived in the year 1966; The Beatles films, The Monkees television series, James Bond, and the "cocktail party" skits from Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.


Cast and characters[edit] Main article: List of Austin Powers characters List indicator(s) A dark grey cell indicates the character did not appear in the film. Character Film International Man of Mystery The Spy Who Shagged Me Goldmember Austin Powers Mike Myers Doctor Evil Basil Exposition Michael York Old Number 2 Robert Wagner Frau Farbissina Mindy Sterling Scott Evil Seth Green Vanessa Kensington Elizabeth Hurley   Middle Number 2   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


Crew[edit] Occupation Films Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) Director Jay Roach Producer(s) Mike Myers Demi Moore Jennifer Todd Suzanne Todd Mike Myers John S. Lyons Eric McLeod Demi Moore Jennifer Todd Suzanne Todd Writer(s) Mike Myers Mike Myers Michael McCullers Composer George S. Clinton Cinematographer Peter Deming Ueli Steiger Peter Deming Editor(s) 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


Cars[edit] 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 Jaguar 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 C2 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.


Reception[edit] See also: List of accolades received by the Austin Powers film series Box office performance[edit] Film Release date Budget Box office revenue Box office ranking Ref United States Foreign Worldwide All time domestic All time worldwide Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery May 2, 1997 $16.5 million $53,883,989 $13,800,000 $67,683,989 #1,171 [3] Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me June 11, 1999 $33 million $206,040,086 $105,976,772 $312,016,858 #119 & #152[a] #257 [4] Austin Powers in Goldmember July 26, 2002 $63 million $213,307,889 $83,347,542 $296,655,431 #110 & #188[b] #283 [5] Total $112.5 million $473,231,964 $203,124,314 $676,356,278 [6] Critical reaction[edit] Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic Cinema Score International Man of Mystery 70% (60 reviews)[7] 51 (25 reviews)[8] B-[9] The Spy Who Shagged Me 51% (85 reviews)[10] 59 (34 reviews)[11] B+[9] Goldmember 54% (182 reviews)[12] 62 (34 reviews)[13] B+[9] Average 58% 57 B+


Media[edit] Films[edit] 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 Games[edit] 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) Other Austin Powers Collectible Card Game by Decipher Inc released in 1999 Austin Powers; a Stern Pinball machine released in 2001


Future[edit] 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 project.[14][15][16] In October 2005, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mike Myers discussed the possibility of studio sources moving forward with the 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] Also, in the audio commentary from the DVD release of Austin Powers in Goldmember, Myers revealed that in the fourth film, Fat Bastard would return and regain the weight that he lost in Goldmember.[19] 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 bomb.[20] In 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 film.[21] However, Seth Green, who played Scott Evil, stated that Austin Powers 4 would be made if a script is written and approved.[22] 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."[23] 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."[24] In March 2010, Jay Roach indicated to MTV that Myers is working on ideas for a fourth film.[25][26] In August 2011, Mike Myers revealed he would return, and had begun writing a script for a fourth installment.[27] In September 2013, when asked about the future of Austin Powers, Myers answered "I'm still figuring that out."[28] In September 2015, Verne Troyer expressed his desire to return as Mini-Me if he was asked to do so.[29] On May 20, 2016, Roach was asked about the fourth Austin Powers film during an interview with Larry King, and he stated the ideas for the fourth film that he and Mike have are good and interesting.[30] 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 series.[31] In April 2017, as the twentieth anniversary approached for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Mike Myers said he would love to do another Austin Powers film, but you would just have to see.[32] Two days later, Roach stated that a fourth film would only occur if Myers creates a good story for it.[33] On May 26, 2017, Troyer stated that Mini-Me will reveal that he can speak in the fourth movie.[34]


Notes[edit] ^ Adjusted totals based on current ticket prices by Box Office Mojo. ^ Adjusted totals based on current ticket prices by Box Office Mojo.


References[edit] ^ Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007. Passion Pictures / Red Box Films. 2014-01-05.  ^ a b John Storey (2010). "Culture and Power in Cultural Studies: The Politics of Signification". p. 60. Edinburgh University Press ^ "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-09-17.  ^ "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-09-17.  ^ "Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-09-17.  ^ "Austin Powers series". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 23 December 2016.  ^ "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2012-09-17.  ^ "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. 2012-09-17.  ^ a b c "CinemaScore review". CinemaScore. 23 December 2016. [permanent dead link] ^ "Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2012-09-17.  ^ "Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2012-09-17.  ^ "Austin Powers in Goldmember". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2012-09-17.  ^ "Austin Powers in Goldmember". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2012-09-17.  ^ Kaplan, Don (1999-05-04). "YEAH, BABY! HBO SINKS TEETH INTO 'AUSTIN POWERS' CARTOON". The New York Post. Retrieved 2010-11-05.  ^ 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.  ^ Ressner, Jeffrey (1999-06-21). "Cinema: Austin's Power". Time. Retrieved 2010-12-04.  ^ "Mike Myers may return to ''Austin Powers''". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2015-04-26.  ^ "IGN: Interview: Mike Myers and Antonio Banderas". IGN. Retrieved 2015-04-26.  ^ White, Dave. "'Austin Powers' needs to kill off Fat Bastard". today.com.  ^ 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.  ^ Orange, B. Alan (14 April 2008). "Is Gisele Bundchen the Next 'Austin Powers' Girl?". Movieweb.com. Retrieved 2015-04-26.  ^ "Sorry Giselle But 'Austin Powers 4’ Still Isn't Happening, Says Seth Green".  ^ "Mike Myers on Love Guru, Shrek 4, Austin 4 and Wayne's World". Latino Review. Retrieved 2015-04-26.  ^ "Mike Myers is Writing Austin Powers 4". Slashfilm. Retrieved 2015-04-26.  ^ "Fourth 'Austin Powers' Movie Will Go 'Somewhere You Haven't Though Of,' Jay Roach Says". MTV. Retrieved 2010-10-14.  ^ "Mike Myers Revives Dr. Evil". MTV. Retrieved 2007-05-09.  ^ "Exclusive: Mike Myers is signed, sealed, delivered for 'Austin Powers 4'". Hitfix. Retrieved 2015-04-26.  ^ "Toronto: Fleming Q&A's Mike Myers On 'Supermensch' Directorial Debut". Deadline. Retrieved September 16, 2013.  ^ "Verne Troyer waiting for the call for Austin Powers 4". Irish Examiner. 23 September 2015.  ^ "Austin Powers 4 could still happen, according to director Jay Roach". NME. 20 May 2016.  ^ The Canadian Press (25 August 2016). "Mike Myers talks 'Wayne's World,' the Leafs, 'Austin Powers'". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved 27 August 2016.  ^ "Austin Powers 4: 'I would love to do another' Mike Meyers says as original turns 20". independent.co.uk. 28 April 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017.  ^ "Jay Roach On Why There's No "Austin Powers 4" - Dark Horizons". www.darkhorizons.com.  ^ "Verne Troyer teases Austin Powers 4: Mini Me will speak!". mymbuzz.com. 26 May 2017. 


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