While I was not exactly the audience they had in mind, three things in Hot Fuzz made me smile:
- Desk sergeant reading a Iain Banks novel.
- Pub playing Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me).
- Skellingtons reference.
Dana Stevens has the best summary of the movie:
Hot Fuzz is like an Agatha Christie novel directed by Michael Bay and adapted for the screen by P.G. Wodehouse.
Update: Dave, in the comments, says he thought he saw the two desk sergeants (both played by Bill Bailey) reading both Iain Banks and Iain M. Banks. I asked some other people who saw the movie, who confirmed it. This adds another layer to the joke. Both Banks are the same person, but Banks’ science fiction is published with the middle initial.