Johnny English (2003) starring Rowan Atkinson, Natalie Imbruglia, Ben Miller, John Malkovich
Rowan Atkinson plays title role as the hilariously inept Johnny English. After unwittingly causing the deaths of England’s other secret agents … he’s the country’s only hope! May God have mercy on the UK.
Cast of characters
- Rowan Atkinson as Johnny English. He’s a kind, bumbling person working at a desk job in MI7. And after unwittingly causing the death of all of the other secret agents, he’s the only choice left. Can he retrieve the crown? Will he cause massive trouble along the way? Need we ask?
- Ben Miller as Angus Bough, English’s partner in the field.
- John Malkovich as Pascal Edward Sauvage, the villain. He’s a distant descendant of James II, and plans to be coronated as king. Which explains why he has the crown stolen in the first place.
- Natalie Imbruglia as Lorna Campbell, an Interpol agent. Beautiful, competent, and deadly, she’s pretty much English’s opposite.
- Oliver Ford Davies as the Archbishop of Canterbury. Whom Johnny English thinks is an imposter: “Do you or do you not have tattooed on your bottom the words, “Jesus is coming – look busy”
- Tim Pigott-Smith as Pegasus, head of MI7.
- Kevin McNally as the Prime Minister
Editorial review of Johnny English courtesy of Amazon.com
He knows no fear. He knows no danger. He knows… nothing! When the priceless Crown Jewels are stolen, bumbling Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) is the only Secret Agent in the country (literally!) who can solve the crime.
Starring Rowan Atkinson in the title role, Natalie Imbruglia, Ben Miller and John Malkovich, it is the first installment of the Johnny English film series and serves as a parody/homage to the spy genre, mainly the James Bond film series as well as Atkinson’s Mr. Bean character. The character is also related to Atkinson’s bumbling spy character from a series of adverts in the United Kingdom for Barclaycard in the 1990s.
Johnny English is a kindhearted but inept MI7 employee working a desk job while having dreams of being their most trusted employee. After Agent One dies in a submarine accident unknowingly caused by English, the remaining agents are killed via a bombing at Agent One’s funeral (thanks to English’s incompetence again), leaving English as the lone surviving agent capable of finishing the mission Agent One left when he died.