The third entry in secret agent OSS 117's parodic spy adventures.
Director Michel Hazanavicius' original plan was to feature an aging and bald OSS 117, set the film in the 1970s and take inspiration from blaxploitation movies. Screenwriter Jean-François Halin refused to age the character, keeping him young as he was in the previous films, which would make the timeline of the series a floating one. The only plan to carry over from the original idea was to set the story in an African country. The movie now takes place in the 1980s.