You know how spies are such an intense, dedicated lot, like James Bo Napoleon Solo from The Man From U.N.C.L.E.? Not only do they save the world in style, they do it with humour and gusto. Do you think you could save the world from villainous terrorists and still crack jokes to the IT guy back at base?

So let’s take a moment to honour these spies who take their job seriously, but know when to let loose and have some fun sometimes. They might not have as many soul searching stares into the ocean or angst-filled moments of determination – but they’re funny. Here’s a look at our five favourite spy comedies.

1) Austin Powers (1997 – 2002)

Austin Powers (Mike Myers) In "Austin Powers." Credit: We Got This Covered

Austin Powers (Mike Myers) In “Austin Powers.” Credit: We Got This Covered

If you haven’t forgotten, Austin Powers was actually a spy for the British Ministry of Defence (although discretion is probably not on his list of skills). With his lewd catchphrases, boundless ego and completely over the top actions, Austin Powers went on to dominate our popular culture as the perfect parody of the spy genre. The best part is that Mike Myers, who played Austin Powers, also played his archnemesis Dr Evil, henchman Fat Bastard and secondary villain Goldmember – leading to more funnies when you realised that it was the same guy talking to himself and himself and himself all over the place!

2) Get Smart (2008)

Maxwell Smart (Steve Carrell), Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway), Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson), and The Chief (Alan Arkin) in "Get Smart." Credit: Notable

Maxwell Smart (Steve Carrell), Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway), Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson), and The Chief (Alan Arkin) in “Get Smart.” Credit: Notable

If there’s one thing everyone who’s watched Get Smart and the 60’s TV series has tried, it’s using your shoe as a phone (much to the chagrin of parents everywhere). But you have to love a poster which depicts all the main characters literally getting into each other’s faces, and not so subtly hints at Maxwell Smart’s (the titular “Smart” of Get Smart) klutziness. Of all the spies on this list, Maxwell Smart is probably the most inept of them all – which makes it all the funnier when he actually does achieve his mission objectives (through sheer, dumb luck).

3) Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

Harry Hart (Colin Firth) in Kingsman: Secret Service. Credit:

Harry Hart (Colin Firth) in Kingsman: Secret Service. Credit:

You have to love British humour. Kingsman: The Secret Service was not only rife with action and some very contemporary schemes (a mind control plot under the guise of free phone and data plans for everyone), but droll British quips and dry humour in the form of both the Kingsmen, Harry Hart and Eggsy. And if the talky, sarcastic British jokes weren’t for you, there was also the larger than life villain Valentine, who exuded a megalomaniac demeanour and massive ego that dwarfed that of all the other characters.

4) Spy (2015)

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The most unlikely of spies, Melissa McCarthy played the hapless but skilled Susan Cooper. As the only female lead on the list here, she kicked the most butt, and that’s while constantly having to go undercover in the most dowdy of disguises – like a middle-aged cat lady spinster. She’s the epitome of the underdog, and that’s why we love her so much. Unlike the other spies on the list, she has absolutely no ego, but still manages to save the day despite the fact that nobody looks up to her. Many of the jokes came at her expense, but they brought a chuckle every time.

5) The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo in “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

And then there’s the upcoming The Man from U.N.C.L.E. which is not only a spy comedy, but also a buddy movie rolled into one! Henry Cavill plays CIA agent Napoleon Solo (who, judging from his name, obviously doesn’t like working with partners) who is forced to work with his Soviet rival Illya Kuryakin to save the day from an even greater threat. But when one of their first encounters ends in fisticuffs, you know it’s going to be a madcap race of hi-jinxes from start to finish.

Check out their further escapades in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. when it opens this Thursday.

PS: If you don’t know, U.N.C.L.E. stands for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. Now go and wow your friends with this bit of trivia!

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