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Johnny English (2003)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  18 July 2003 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas McFerran ...
Steve Nicolson ...
Dieter Klein
Terence Harvey ...
Official at Funeral
Prime Minister
Pegasus, Head of MI7
Pegasus' Secretary
Rowland Davies ...
Philippa Fordham ...
Snobby Woman
Tim Berrington ...


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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,435,342 (UK) (11 April 2003)


$734,283 (Japan) (10 October 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point, English mentions a singing technique to find his way through a darkness, which he states has to be in E-flat. Although the first note he sings is a B-flat, he is actually singing in the key of E-flat. See more »


In the graveyard scene, when Johnny asks the grieving granny 'do you get paid extra for that?' and in the next cut, he has moved about 4 or 5 feet away from her instantly (possibly a deleted scene) See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Top Gear: Episode #17.4 (2011) See more »


Theme from Johnny English
(Salsa Version)
Written by Ed Shearmur and Howard Goodall
Performed by Bond
Courtesy of The Decca Music Group Limited
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Some fun, some dull
2 September 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies peppered with those occasional gut-busting scenes that we have come to expect with a comic actor on the order of Atkinson, but is substantially more full of a lot of disposable humor in the form of English's bumbling; for example, going to the wrong building, going up the "poop shoot," Sauvage's coronation (which is probably the best/worst example of this) etc. It comes across as strained and ultimately worthless for comic effect. I despise the kind of humor that is stretched much too far to be funny. It is so telegraphed that mid-way through the movie you can invariably anticipate exactly WHAT he is bumbling into and whatever vague humor it had is butchered. It becomes excruciating.

I would, however, enjoy seeing this turn into a screen franchise for Atkinson--IF (and this is a big IF) they give him a solid screenplay to work with. The plot and characters were all fine--even Malkovich's purposefully ridiculous French accent (and clearly John M. is slumming for a few bucks in this one)--but the movie lacked vaguely consistent humor. The bumbling James Bond-ish character is a one-noter--Atkinson would be funnier in funny SITUATIONS (I daresay mini-"Bean"-type scenes peppered throughout the movie) that are not strained to reveal merely how bumbling and stupid he can be (yes, by 15 minutes into the movie we GET how bumbling English is - don't spend the entire movie explaining it to us again and again).

Comedy is tough to write and tougher to execute on - but Atkinson has the chops to handle it. He just needs the right material. There were a few gem moments and enough "chuckle humor" to make this a worthy rental. Imbruglia is respectable as his female counterpart -- and none too tough on the eyes. She could be an excellent female lead in a franchise.

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