Austin Powers

Fictional Secret Agent

Born: 1997
Best known as: Goofy hero of the Austin Powers film series

The creation of comedian Mike Myers, Austin Powers is the goofy hero of 1997's Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. The character is a silly satire of superspy James Bond and an affectionate spoof of swinging London of the 1960s: Powers wears foppish "mod" clothing, uses outlandish Bond-style secret weapons, and (despite his comically bad teeth) relishes his role as a ladykiller. His arch-enemy is the nefarious Dr. Evil (also played by Myers). The first film (which co-starred Mimi Rogers and Elizabeth Hurley) was a surprise hit and introduced pop culture catch-phrases like "Groovy, baby!" and "Behave!" It was followed by the sequels The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999, with Heather Graham) and Goldmember (2002, with Beyoncé Knowles as Foxxy Cleopatra).

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The Austin Powers films also featured Robert Wagner as the eyepatch-wearing Number Two, and Cindy Margolis as a deadly “fembot”… Dr. Evil is loosely based on Bond nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld; his identical miniature sidekick is Mini Me, and his strange hairless cat is Mr. Bigglesworth.

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