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On President Coty's Secret Service
on 8 March 2009
OSS117 is bound to suffer from being subtitled but the humour is strong enough to survive the need to read. Secret Agent OSS117 is played as a very affectionate homage to Sean Connery's Bond persona. The same faintly idiot smugness when a woman is seen (well idiot when the rest of us tried to do it) and the way he moves all make one feel this is a Bond film you've seen but cannot quite remember. Add in the usual mixture of Fifties/Sixties colonialism and sexism with an unerring eye for the cars, clothes and streets and the paraphernalia of spying (the blanquette de veau password joke runs throughout the film) and one has a very funny parody without being too foolish. It is a gallic Maxwell Smart but with more heart. A funny, clever, film.