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After a sudden attack on the MI5, Johnny English, Britain's most confident yet unintelligent spy, becomes Britain's only spy.

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Storyline

Rowan plays the eponymous lead character in a spoof spy thriller. During the course of the story we follow our hero as he attempts to single-handedly save the country from falling into the hands of a despot. Written by Alistair Knight

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Neví, co je strach. Neví, co je nebezpecí. Neví vlastne vubec nic. (He Knows No Fear. He Knows No Danger. He Knows Nothing.) [Slovak] See more »


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Rated PG for comic nudity, some crude humor and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 July 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Johnny English - Der Spion, der es versiebte  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$312,074 (Japan) (3 October 2003)

Gross:

$734,283 (Japan) (10 October 2003)
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The Johnny English character is based on a cowardly, incompetent spy played by Rowan Atkinson who first appeared in a series of television commercials for Barclaycard, with his assistant Bough (then played by Henry Naylor). The "poison dart pen" sequence is based on a scene in the commercials where Johnny shoots himself in the leg with the pen. See more »

Goofs

The is absolutely no geographical consistency to the hearse chase, with consecutive shots frequently depicting the vehicles in completely different areas of London. See more »

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[first lines]
Johnny English: Ah, the Heckler and Koch G-36. Quite deadly in the right hands.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, we see Lorna (who was ejected from English's car in the last scene) landing in a swimming pool. Sitting beside the swimming pool is the strange-looking man that English described to his boss early in the film. See more »

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The Only Ones
Composed by Mark Brydon and Roisin Murphy
Performed by Moloko
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Yet another movie that would have been better off without a trailer
11 April 2003 | by (Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Johnny English starts off a little bit like Bean: For some reason, wildly constructed, Rowan Atkinson ends up in a position that is far beyond his capabilities. Where Bean turns from Museum Guard to Museum curator impersonator, Johnny English turns from male Monneypenny-alike mission planner to James Bond replacement.

Sort of.

In a Bean kind of way, of course. Now that is where comparison with Bean should stop: Johnny English talks, for one thing, and doesn't just gesticulate around like a bit of a moron. And while he still causes a lot of trouble and shines in his incompetence, he manages to be far more charming and far less annoying than Mr Bean is in a 90 minute movie. Expect lots of visual humour, but also the odd moment of funny dialogue (the "making love" dialogue scene is quite hilarious)

The plot is standard Bond fare: A French tycoon is up to no good, stealing crown jewels and trying to become king of.... England, oddly enough. There is a Bond girl, played by Natalie Imbruglia and sharing more similarities with Sophie Yeoh's butt-kicking bond girl than with the more traditional damsel in distress. But unfortunately, there is no equivalent to Q, nor to M and the movie is a bit too much of a one-man show.

How does it fare then? On the laughter front it was quite satisfying, easily outmanoeuvering the once-too-often repeated Austin Powers, putting anything recent by Leslie Nielsen to shame and being an altogether fine Bond spoof. There is lots of slapstick (including the disgusting kind), but the movie manages to be less over the top and closer to Bond than to old National Lampoon / Mel Brooks movies.

Altogether the movie was pleasantly surprising - better than Bean (which isn't too hard, to be honest) and Austin Powers (although it is a different kind of spoof). Still not brilliant, but a good dose of old-fashioned entertainment. Pity the trailer gave away quite a lot of the best bits.

Plus, the bad guy was supposedly French, what more could you ask for?


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