Rowan plays the eponymous lead character in a spoof spy thriller. During the course of the story we...
UK:88 min, USA:87 min
1.85 : 1
Rated PG for comic nudity, some crude humor and language.
Action, Adventure, Comedy
British, Spy, Crown Jewels, Funeral, Spoof
Crown Jewels, Secret Service
Spy Comedy, Comedy of Errors
Unlikely Heroes, Mistaken Identities, Jewel Theft
Silly, Madcap, Light, Upbeat
Just for Fun
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Johnny English is a 2003 British action comedy film parodying the James Bond secret agent genre. The film stars Rowan Atkinson (who, two decades earlier, appeared in an unofficial James Bond film - Never Say Never Again) as the incompetent titular British spy, with John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia, Tim Pigott-Smith and Ben Miller in supporting roles. The screenplay was written by Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, with William Davies, and the film was directed by Peter Howitt. The film grossed a total of $160 million worldwide.
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The film opens with a fantasy sequence in which Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson), an inept British Intelligence agent, is "Agent One". He sneaks into a building, distracts two guard dogs with toys, knocks out two guards and seduces a woman who threatens him. He is awoken from his fantasy just as he is about to kiss the woman by the real Agent One (Greg Wise), for whom English is preparing mission documents. After being assured that English has checked the submarine hatch codes personally, Agent One leaves on a mission. The audience then learn that Agent One died in action when his submarine hatch "failed to open". A bomb then wipes out Britain's remaining agents, all of whom were attending the funeral of Agent One, leaving only English. Nobody notices the hearse, which sped from the scene minutes earlier.
Before his death, Agent One was investigating a plot to steal the Crown Jewels. Together with his (far more capable) assistant Angus Bough (Ben Miller), English takes over the case. Whilst investigating, English becomes attracted to a mysterious woman, Lorna Campbell (Natalie Imbruglia), whom he meets at the unveiling of the newly restored Crown Jewels, the security of which English is in charge of. The power to the room is cut, and English knocks out the chief of security, before pretending to fight a criminal (later described by English as having orange frizzy hair, two teeth, two "banana shaped" scars, a broken nose and an eye patch) in another room in an attempt to cover this fact up. Later, Bough and English follow a tunnel and find the Jewels, but fail to stop the thieves after English accidentaly ejects his pistols magazine. English chases their car, a hearse, but accidentally trails the wrong one. Convinced the burial party he discovers is an act, he arrests the mourners and Priest before realising his mistake. Bough rescues him by pretending that English was an escaped asylum inmate.
The pair then uncovers the mastermind of the theft, French prison entrepreneur and descendant of William the Conqueror, Pascal Sauvage (John Malkovich). English reports his suspicions to the head of MI7, Pegasus (Tim Pigott-Smith), who doesn't believe him. In the carpark, one of Sauvage's henchmen attacks English and Bough, and escapes when English mistakingly attacks Bough. English and Bough infiltrate Sauvage's headquarters via parachute, but English lands on the wrong building, abseiling the identical London Hospital. He holds several staff and patients at gunpoint, before realising his mistake.
English activates a DVD player, exposing Sauvage's plan to to instate himself as King, using an impostor Archbishop of Canterbury (Oliver Ford Davies). After accidentally injecting himself with muscle relaxant, he meets Lorna again. She turns out to be an Interpol agent, also on Sauvage's tail. Along with Bough, they gatecrash a party held by Sauvage. The muscle relaxant not yet worn off, English accidentally insults the Foreign Secretary (Jenny Galloway). One of the henchmen reports English to Sauvage, a friend of English's unwitting boss, the latter of whom dismisses Bough and English. Sauvage decides that English knows too much and sends henchmen to force the Queen to sign a letter of abdication. Sauvage is informed by British officials that, as the closest surviving relative of the Queen, the position of monarch now belongs to him.
Lorna visits English at his flat, as his mission was reassigned to her. and persuades English to join her. They travel to France, infiltrate Sauvage's chateau, and overhear his proposal to turn the United Kingdom into a giant prison. In an attempt to steal an incriminating DVD, English drops it onto a tray full of identical disks, and takes the wrong one. How
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