HE KNOWS NO FEAR. HE KNOWS NO DANGER. HE KNOWS NOTHING.
Clumsy intelligence operative Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) is convinced that a French billionaire (John Malkovich) is trying to make himself the next king of England. The world needed another spy spoof about as much as a third world war, but Atkinson finds opportunities to successfully mug himself through a few scenes. It’s all fairly harmless and likeable, but the jokes in this outrageously farfetched story are too predictable. And then there’s John Malkovich playing the French villain – that hairdo and accent are just terrifying.
2003-Britain-U.S. 86 min. Color. Directed by Peter Howitt. Song: ”A Man For All Seasons” (performed by Robbie Williams). Cast: Rowan Atkinson (Johnny English), John Malkovich (Pascal Sauvage), Natalie Imbruglia (Lorna Campbell), Ben Miller, Douglas McFerran, Tim Pigott-Smith.
Trivia: The ”Johnny English” character was based on a series of commercials featuring the agent. Followed by two sequels, starting with Johnny English Reborn (2011).