Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

If the Austin Powers movie parodied Bond before, with the third installment, they go way over the top. This movie not only is a version of Goldfinger, it also has parts of You Only Live Twice, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me and GoldenEye.

It also has a movie-within-a-movie called Austinpussy, directed by Steven Spielberg — who famously didn’t get to make a Bond film — and stars Tom Cruise as Powers, Gwyneth Paltrow as Dixie Normous, Kevin Spacey as Dr. Evil, Danny DeVito as Mini-Me and John Travolta as Goldmember.

The people that were making Bond took notice. The title of the film, Goldmember, led to legal action being taken by MGM and the brief removal of the film’s title from trailers and posters. The lawsuit stopped when a provision was added that every showing of the film would come with trailers for the next Bond film, Die Another Day, and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) plans to travel back in time to 1975 and bring back Johan van der Smut (also Myers), also known as “Goldmember.” Their plan is to use a tractor beam to pull a meteor into the Earth, smashing into the polar ice caps and causing a global flood. Austin foils this attempt and is knighted, but saddened when his father Nigel (Michael Caine, referencing The Ipcress File) doesn’t show up.

There’s also more time travel, Beyonce as Foxy Cleopatra (pretty much every blacksploitation heroine all rolled into one), the return of Mini-Me and Fat Bastard, a Japanese businessman named Mr. Roboto, the revelation that Evil and Austin are brothers, another revelation that Frau Farbissina is Scott Evil’s mother, tons of cameos and, of course, Clint Howard.

Believe it or not, this is also the only movie that Michael Caine and Michael York have ever been in together.

In the eighteen years since this film, Myers has continually hinted that he has a fourth film in the works from Dr. Evil’s point of view. Sadly, Verne Troyer died in 2018, so there will be no Mini Me. But here’s hoping that it happens someday.

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