I do enjoy James Bond. Ian Flemming’s books or the continuous line of films, I’m always interested in the historic time capsule of society and politics. When it comes to spoofs, knock-offs, and inspirations it’s mainly a case of hit or miss.
“OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies” (2006) is a throwback to the Sean Connery style James Bond, French style. Based on a novel, writer/director Michel Hazanavicius brings to life the story of a self-absorbed and socially unaware French secret agent Hubert in the person of Jean Dujardin. Hubert is dashing and capable, held in high esteem by his superiors and women, but the audience is witness to his large ego and bemusement at the world around him.
The film feels period authentic to the early 1960s with excellent costumes and sets, right down to contemporary stock footage and automobile back plates. Political events also bring a strong link to the past bringing the thought that these events may have possibly happened.
“Cairo, Nest of Spies” is a French comedy and I feel that some of the jokes are culture specific. Not to mention that some of Hubert lack of cultural awareness and political uncorrectness made me a little uncomfortable. But overall its a well made film with good performances. I wouldn’t be too upset if I didn’t see it again, but I’ll still turn it on to lust after Dujardin.