The ’90s were perhaps the polar opposite of the ’70s when it came to aesthetic and general tone. Bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam brought a working man’s appeal into the limelight, while the garish styles inherited from the ’70s and ’80s started to die out. Action movies took grip of the film world, but some things never changed, like spy movies. Pierce Brosnan signed on to be James Bond and the Bond films continued — modernized, but still pretty much the same.
To say that the spy thrillers of old were ripe for parody was an understatement. So when Mike Myers teamed with director Jay Roach to cash in on Myer’s SNL and Wayne’s World popularity by spoofing the Bond films, the timing was just about perfect. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery was the quintessential amalgamation of modern, existential angst and classic, campy spy films. The series went on for three installments, each more ridiculous than the last, then everyone moved on. We still joke about them to this day, granted, not as much as we used to.