1964: Flint before there was Flint

Publicity still from The Americanization of Emily (1964)

Publicity still from The Americanization of Emily (1964)

Fifty-one years ago, James Coburn played a suave, womanizing character.

However, it wasn’t Derek Flint from Our Man Flint. That film wouldn’t be released until January 1966. Rather, it was a publicity still for The Americanization of Emily, which came out in 1964.

The ’64 movie was a light movie that took on heavy topics, thanks to screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky. James Garner and Julie Andrews were the leads but Coburn made a big impression in a secondary role.

In the publicity still for the movie, Coburn evokes the Flint character he’d soon portray. Take a look for yourself.

One Response

  1. who know’s, this photo could’ve probably inspired the flint movies.
    however the Derek flint character was a parody of james bond.
    at the same time a secret agent, that had his own style. I don’t think
    the late James Coburn fashioned his character from Sean connery’s
    bond,
    but when you watch roger Moore’s bond There’s so much of Derek
    flint in his bond.

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