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Austin Powers

Austin Powers, played by Mike Myers, is the title character of a series of films. The films are a loose parody of many British spy films of the 1960s, including Casino Royale, the Harry Palmer films of Michael Caine, James Coburn's Derek Flint films, James Bond films, and an increasingly broad range of other elements of popular culture. With the added features of bodily functions and toilet humor, the films reflect a bawdy sense of humor.

The films parody the cliché of a male super-spy who is irresistibly attractive to women, and makes no attempt to resist them. The satiric elements of this cliche result from Powers' lack of physical beauty -- his bad teeth, for example, are made fun of in several scenes (this is also a reflection of an American stereotype of British people, who are said to have poor dental hygiene).

The first film, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, was commercially successful, leading to the sequel Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. A third, Austin Powers in Goldmember, was released in 2002.

The name Austin Powers may be inspired by the British Austin-Healey sports cars which were popular in the 1960s

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