Austin Powers is a series of American spy action comedy films: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). The films were produced and written by Mike Myers, who also starred as the title character and Dr. Evil.
In Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Powers and Dr. Evil are awakened after being placed in cryonic suspension since 1967. Continuing to incorporate cultural elements of the 1960s and 1970s, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember feature time travel as a plot device and deliberately overlook inconsistencies.
The franchise parodies numerous films and characters, including the James Bond series and Jason King, and incorporates myriad other elements of popular culture as it follows a British spy's quest to bring his nemesis down. The character represents an archetype of 1960s Swinging London, with his advocacy of free love, his use of obscure expressions and his clothing style. The films poke fun at the outrageous plots, rampant sexual innuendo, and two dimensional stock characters associated with 1960s spy films. The general theme of the films is that the arch villain Dr. Evil plots to extort large sums of money from governments or international bodies but is constantly thwarted by Powers, and (to a degree) his own inexperience with life and culture in the 1990s.
The series featured two cars collectively dubbed the "Shaguars" that were portrayed by a 1961 Jaguar E-Type and a 2001 Jaguar XK8 convertible, with a Union Jack paint scheme.
The Ministry of Defence creates a psychedelic rainbow painted 1999 Volkswagen "New Beetle" convertible in the second film, to transport Powers through time. Also in the second film, Felicity Shagwell drives a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette with an American flag paint scheme.
In the third film Nigel Powers has a 2001 Mini Cooper – able to travel underwater, and which bears the number plate "GR8 SHAG" and Powers has a purple 1975 Cadillac Eldorado Fleetwood "pimpmobile" able to travel in time.
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