Mike Myers has revealed in interviews that the Austin Powers character was created based on a couple of instances involving his family. His father loved watching British comedies with actors like Peter Sellers and Sir Alec Guinness, so Myers always wanted to play an English character in a comedy. He also said that one night after coming home from hockey practice, he started flirting with his wife in an English accent. His wife laughed and told him to write the routine down, so he could do it again. Writing the routine down led to this script.
Mike Myers originally wanted Jim Carrey to play Dr. Evil, but Carrey eventually passed due to scheduling conflicts with Liar Liar (1997). Myers then took the iconic role himself.
Joe Son, the actor who played Random Task, is serving a lifetime in prison for torture of a 19-year-old woman in 1990. He went uncaptured until 2008 when a DNA match linked him to the crime. According to the victim, she unknowingly had a copy of this movie in her home until her attacker's identity was revealed. In 2017, he was sentenced to an additional 27 years for murdering his cellmate.
Mindy Sterling improvised Frau Farbissina's lines about the Lucky Charms commercials.
Elizabeth Hurley and Mimi Rogers asked and were allowed to keep their tight leather outfits.
Dr. Evil's appearance (bald head, gray suit, scar over his eye, cat on his lap) is based on Bond's archnemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld portrayed by Donald Pleasence in You Only Live Twice (1967), while his voice and mannerisms are based on longtime Saturday Night Live (1975) executive producer Lorne Michaels. Ironically Pleasance was the star of the Halloween (1978) series of films where his archnemesis was named 'Michael Myers'.
When Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) suggests blackmailing the Royal Family about the Princess of Wales, in reality, she had been killed in Paris at the time of the film's release in the United Kingdom.
Mike Myers' wife suggested he dance in the movie during the credits, since he dances around his own house in the buff. This has become a continuing trademark of the franchise. In Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), he dances naked.
The America Online on Austin's computer is version 3.0. In the commentary on the DVD, Jay Roach states that he did the AOL product placement to get a free year of service from them.
Part of the influence for this film can be seen in an early sketch Mike Myers did for Saturday Night Live (1975), in which several of James Bond's nemeses complain about his invulnerability, and how much easier it should be to kill him.
After giving a brief monologue to Dr. Evil about free love, Dr. Evil responds, "There's nothing more pathetic than an aging hipster", which is an homage to a classic Lenny Bruce joke.
The UK cinema release of this movie cut the reference to Prince Charles, as Diana had recently died. However, when the tv channel Sony Pictures Classics ran this movie in 2020, in the UK, the Charles and Diana affair dialogue was intact.
In the Las Vegas bar scene where Austin flashes the peace sign and is laughed at, Mike Myers originally wanted Austin to be drinking a Zima to show Powers desperately trying to be cool and failing (in the movie, he's drinking a Tab cola). Coors (owners of Zima) were keen on the idea until they realized they were being mocked and quickly pulled out.
The Quartermaster Clerk (famed for his "one Swedish-made penis enlarger" dialogue) is played by Neil Mullarkey, a member of the Comedy Store Players in Britain, and one time comedy partner of Mike Myers. They toured as "Mullarky and Myers" in the 1980s.
According to the DVD commentary, the real name of the sphinx cat used for the 1990s "Mr. Bigglesworth" was Ted Nude-gent (a reference to rock guitarist Ted Nugent).
The British television series Adam Adamant Lives! (1966) was a strong influence behind Austin Powers. Adam Adamant Lives! was about a Edwardian adventurer who is revived in 1966 after being frozen by his evil archnemesis "The Face". Adam is bewildered by "Swinging 60s London" and fights evil, with help from the beautiful granddaughter of his sidekick, who helps him adapt to life in "Swinging 60s London".
Mike Myers grew up listening to Quincy Jones and used Soul Bossa Nova as the main theme to the movie.
Former Bond Girl Lois Chiles has a cameo as the wife of the henchman who is crushed by the steamroller.
This fared poorly at the UK box office when it was released in the wake of Princess Diana's tragic death. Ironically, The Full Monty (1997) was a colossal hit in Britain for the same reason, as it was felt that British audiences needed cheering up in such sad times. This movie went on to be a huge seller on the UK DVD market.
Mike Myers decided not to do a third Wayne's World (1992) film so he could focus on and develop a secret agent comedy, which is a parody of the James Bond movies, which became this film.
Frau Farbissina's name comes from the Yiddish word farbissen, which is usually used in conjunction with punim, meaning "face". Farbissen punim describes a "dour, pinched, or forbidding face". It may also be related to the German word "verbissen" meaning "uptight" and "grim", which largely describes Farbissina.
The marching band in the opening sequence is the band from Riverside Community College in California.
The characters General Borchevsky and Commander Gilmour are named after two Toronto Maple Leafs hockey players and Mike Myers' dogs.
The fictional "breakaway Russian republic, Kreplachistan" is named after kreplach, small dumplings that are a part of Jewish cuisine.
The father and son from the beginning of the group therapy scene are the same father and son from the "I love you man!" and "You're not getting my Bud Light, Johnny" commercial.
The handgun Austin uses is a Walther PPK/S .380 which is the same weapon used by James Bond. This is an anachronism, as the PPK/S was created as a result of the Gun Control Act of 1968 for the American market, meaning this model didn't exist in 1967. The PPK/S pistols seen in the film were custom finished in nickel instead of the standard high polished bluing. Pearl grips were used for some scenes, but for others they were changed back to standard black plastic grips. This was probably to prevent damage to the pearl grips during stunt work. There were three identical guns used on-set - one was later donated to the Walther Museum, while the other two remain in the inventory of Independent Studio Services (which supplied the guns for the film). These guns were used on all three of the Austin Powers movies.
Daniel Craig, the sixth actor to play James Bond, went on record to say that "Austin Powers" messed up the James Bond film franchise.
A few actors who played memorable Seinfeld (1989) characters have roles in this movie. Larry Thomas, who played the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld, portrays the blackjack dealer. Brian George, who played Babu Batt on Seinfeld, plays the U.N. Secretary. Patrick Bristow, who played the Wigmaster on Seinfeld, portrays Bolton the Virtucon tour guide. Robert Wagner also guest starred in "The Yada Yada".
The rocket ship Dr. Evil uses is based on the actual figure that was mounted on the roof of a Big Boy restaurant in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, a suburb of Toronto where Mike Myers grew up. The restaurant is also referred to by Clint Howard as the Radar Operator.
Robert Wagner's role in this series is fitting, as he has a connection to two Bond girls. Lana Wood, the sister of his late wife Natalie Wood, appeared in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), along with his present wife, Jill St. John.
Vanessa's last name is Kensington, as a way for Mike Myers to pay homage to his acting debut: at the age of 12, he appeared on the Canadian sitcom King of Kensington (1975), in which he played a con artist boy scout in King of Kensington: Scout's Honour (1975).
Austin's (Mike Myers') revival from suspended animation parodies the revival of John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone) in Demolition Man (1993).
The CD that Austin attempts to play on a record player is "Mr. Tambourine Man" by The Byrds, a song originally written and performed by Bob Dylan.
Austin's glasses are modeled after the ones worn by Michael Caine's character Harry Palmer from The Ipcress File. Because of this, Michael wore the original glasses when he played Austin's father, Nigel, in Goldmember.
As Austin and Vanessa escape from the underground factory, they run by Vasquez Rocks, a popular filming location (Star Trek: The Original Series (1966)) and state park, and speed off further into the park's parking lot. The exit is the other way.
The fem bots were voiced by veteran voice actress Wendee Lee, best known as the voice of Faye Valentine in the English version of Cowboy Bebop (1998).
Comedian Colin Quinn was offered the role of Scott Evil, but he turned it down to focus on his writing projects.
During the family therapy scene, two voice performers from Family Guy (1999) are present, one being Seth Green (Scott Evil) who voices Chris Griffin, and the other being Carrie Fisher (The Therapist) who voiced Peter Griffin's boss Angela.
was only a modest success at the box office. The film became a bigger hit when it was released on video.
Alotta Fagina is based on Fiona Volpe, the female antagonist from the James Bond film Thunderball (1965).
According to Elizabeth Hurley, Austin Powers was modelled on British television and radio personality Simon Dee.
The only film in the Austin Powers franchise to be given the 15 certificate in the UK. The following films were given the 12 certificate. The film was given the 15 certificate for its sexual content, nudity, violence, and mild language.
The escalator gag was re-used from a Wayne's World sketch on Saturday Night Live (1975), in which Mike Myers was a regular performer.
Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the five hundred movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
Austin Powers voice is the same voice Mike Myers used for his character Simon in the Simon sketches in Saturday Night Live (1975).
Vanessa is described as being in her mid-twenties in the final draft of the film's screenplay. Elizabeth Hurley was actually 31.
Jerry Garcia follows Cass Elliot on Austin's list of people he knew who are now dead.
ACTOR TRADEMARK (Mike Myers): (playing multiple roles): played Austin Powers and Dr. Evil.
In the final scene, Random Task's hotel employee name tag states his name as Antonio.
Brenda Bakke turned down the role of "Mrs. Kensington", due to schedule conflicts with Shelter (1998).
Mike Myers considered writing and making a Casino Royale (1967)-type prequel to the film and its two sequels. The prequel would have most likely taken place in the early 1960s, several years before Austin and Dr. Evil were frozen, and it would have detailed Austin at the beginning of his career as a secret agent as well as his first battle with Dr. Evil.
After filming her scenes as Mrs. Kensington, Mimi Rogers signed on for another New Line Cinema movie, Lost in Space (1998) as Maureen Robinson. The film also starred Heather Graham as Judy Robinson. Graham played Felicity Shagwell in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999).
At the beginning of the film, Austin has five stages of defrosting. They are as follows. Stage 1: Laser Cutting. Stage 2: Warm Liquid Goo Phase. Stage 3: Re-animation. Stage 4: Cleansing. Stage 5: Evacuation.
Mimi Rogers guest-starred with Robert Wagner in a 1983 episode of Hart to Hart (1979).
Austin Powers is primarily a parody of the James Bond film franchise, Elizabeth Hurley (Vanessa) hosted a documentary on the James Bond film franchise in The World of James Bond (1995).
When Austin and Vanessa break into Dr. Evils base disrupting his plans, the song 'Agent Man' is heard playing. It was also heard in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995). Jim Carrey was originally going to play Dr. Evil before ultimately doing Liar Liar (1997) instead.