Reelz Recommends: A Pair of Hilarious Foreign Spy Spoofs Starring an Oscar-Winning Actor Now Streaming on Netflix
02.04.13 by BJSprecher
"You're old, pretentious, a misogynist, full of yourself, vain, borderline racist, tacky dresser, childish, not funny. Shall I stop?"
Embark on two wacky, globe-trotting adventures with a confident, debonair super-spy who always gets the girl, even if he doesn't always get his man.
The Flicks: OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006), OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009)
The Skinny: Academy Award-winning French director Michael Hazanavicius (The Artist) directed these two spoofs of the spy genre based on the works of prolific author Jean Bruce. Bruce published his first OSS 117 novel four years before Ian Fleming introduced the world to James Bond and went on to write 88 novels in total. The franchise was continued by his wife, Josette Bruce, who wrote an additional 143 novels, and his daughter, Martine, who wrote 23 more novels. The original novels played the genre straight, while Hazanavicius' movies are parodies along the lines of the Austin Powers movies, but with more swagger.
The Players: Academy Award-winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) stars as Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, code name OSS 117, super-spy for the French Service de Documentation Extérieure et de Contre-Espionnage (SDECE). OSS 117 is very much a product of his times, an ethnocentric womanizer who revels in being a spy and is anything but discreet about it. In Cairo, Nest of Spies, OSS 117 is dispatched to Cairo to investigate the disappearances of fellow spy Jack Jefferson (Philippe Lefebvre) and a Soviet cargo ship. In Lost in Rio, OSS 117 teams up with a sexy Mossad agent (Louise Monot) to recover microfilm containing a list of French Nazi sympathizers in the possession of a Nazi (Rüdiger Vogler) who escaped to Brazil.
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