Super spy James Bond has faced his fair share of bad guys over the years, but one enemy he can’t seem to escape is the movie spoof. From Austin Powers to Johnny English, the world’s most famous secret agent has been parodied time and time again. Now 007 is being sent up once more, this time by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.
According to THR, Paramount Studios bought a pitch from Sacha Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston for an untitled James Bond spoof about a spy who, according to the studio, “is forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, a moronic soccer hooligan.”
Sacha Baron Cohen has a history of pushing the envelope with movies such as Borat (2006) and The Dictator (2012), leading to several uncomfortably funny situations. He has been branching out from comedy lately with his costarring role in Hugo (2011) and possible role in the Freddy Mercury biopic. Though Baron Cohen has starred in many of the movies he’s written, there’s no word yet on whether or not he will take a role in this new film.
Phil Johnston wrote Cedar Rapids in 2011, and Wreck-It Ralph, which is set to be released in November of this year.
As proven by the success of movies like Austin Powers, audiences love a good spy spoof. There’s so much mystery and intrigue surrounding spy characters – not to mention the sexy cars and gorgeous women – it’s a world that is ripe for spoofing. The spy world is so inherently cool, when someone or something is out of place it’s automatically funny.
Sacha Baron Cohen has a knack for the absurd, and if anyone can pull off a spoof of the iconic 007 in a way that hasn’t already been done to death, he can. It’s interesting to imagine where the story will go, but based on his track record, it will definitely be something to keep an eye on.
We’ll keep you posted on any potential James Bond spoof news. In the meantime, if you’re interested in the real James Bond, check out the latest trailer for Skyfall, which comes out on November 9, 2012.