OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)

Directed by: Michel Hazanavicius

Starring: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Aure Atika

This is one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a while. Also, it’s one of the best parody movies made in a looong time. It’s nice to know that at least SOMEBODY out there still knows how to do that properly.

OSS 117, aka Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, is France’s number one secret agent. He’s sent on a mission to Cairo to find out what happened to his predecessor, to weed out the counter-agents there, to bring lasting peace to the middle east, and to head up a poultry firm!

Apparently, they made a couple movies about OSS 117 back in the 60’s to cash in on the James Bond phenomenon, but those were serious films (well, as serious as those things get, anyway). This OSS 117 is a hyperbole of Bond, he’s suave, racist, violent, completely ignorant about foreign cultures, and a complete misogynist. He’s also fucking hilarious, and a big part of why this movie was so funny. Jean Dujardin just plays the smarmy Connery-esque Bond character so perfectly, you can’t help but both root for him and completely hate him at the same time. Also, the sets, costuming, and cinematography in the film are PERFECT replicas of 60’s Bond films and the like, making it that much more fun to watch.

I heartily recommend this movie to everybody. Literally everybody. Great shit.

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