Johnny English Reborn

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Johnny English Reborn
Johnny English Reborn poster
British release poster
Directed by Oliver Parker
Produced by Tim Bevan
Eric Fellner
Chris Clark
Screenplay by Hamish McColl
Story by William Davies
Starring Rowan Atkinson
Gillian Anderson
Rosamund Pike
Dominic West
Daniel Kaluuya
Richard Schiff
Pik-Sen Lim
Music by Ilan Eshkeri
Cinematography Danny Cohen
Edited by Guy Bensley
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • 15 September 2011 (2011-09-15) (International premiere)
  • 7 October 2011 (2011-10-07) (United Kingdom)
Running time
101 minutes[1]
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $45 million[2]
Box office $160 million[3]

Johnny English Reborn is a 2011 British action comedy film parodying the James Bond secret agent genre. The film is the sequel to Johnny English (2003), and stars Rowan Atkinson reprising his role as the title character[4] and directed by Oliver Parker.

Like its predecessor, the film parodies traits from the James Bond film series and clichés of the spy genre.[5] Johnny English Reborn was met with mixed reviews but has grossed a total of $160,078,586 worldwide. It is also Atkinson and McInnerny's second collaboration after the Blackadder series.


Eight years after the events of the first film, former Sir Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) is learning martial arts in Tibet as penance for a botched mission in Mozambique which resulted in him being stripped of his Knighthood. However, he is contacted by MI7, who arrange for him to be flown back to London and call him back to service.

Johnny returns to MI7's London headquarters (now Toshiba British Intelligence) and assigned by new boss "Pegasus" (Gillian Anderson) to stop a plot to assassinate the Chinese Premier during scheduled talks with the Prime Minister. Johnny also meets with fellow agent Simon Ambrose (Dominic West) and MI7's resident quartermaster, Patch Quartermain (Tim McInnerny). He is also assigned a junior agent, Colin Tucker (Daniel Kaluuya).

In Hong Kong, English discovers an address that leads him to ex-CIA agent Titus Fisher (Richard Schiff). Fisher reveals that he is a member of 'Vortex', a group of three assassins and several accomplices, who sabotaged English's mission in Mozambique. Vortex holds a secret weapon, which requires three metal keys to unlock when used together, and Fisher reveals that he is in possession of one. Fisher is then killed by an assassin (Pik-Sen Lim) disguised as a cleaner and the key falls into the hands of a Vortex member.

English chases the Vortex agent across Hong Kong and eventually retrieves the key from him. On a flight back to London, Johnny gives a suitcase containing the key to a flight attendant, who is revealed to be another Vortex agent. English is humiliated in front of the Foreign Secretary and Pegasus by the loss of the key, and assaults Pegasus's mother, mistaking her for the killer cleaner.

Kate Sumner (Rosamund Pike), MI7's behavioral psychologist, uses hypnosis on English to help him recall the events of his mission in Mozambique, and the identity of the second Vortex operative, Artem Karlenko (Mark Ivanir), a Russian spy. Johnny meets him at an exclusive golf course outside London. As they are playing golf, the same assassin from Hong Kong reappears and uses a sniper rifle disguised as a golf club to attack the party, claiming the life of Karlenko's bodyguard and critically injuring Karlenko. Johnny takes Karlenko and escapes the golf course in a helicopter. They fly to the nearest hospital, and before dying, Karlenko reveals that the third assassin in Vortex is a member of MI7.

In a meeting at MI7 with Pegasus and the British Prime Minister, it is revealed that talks between Britain and China will continue in a heavily guarded fortress called 'Le Bastion' in the Swiss Alps. Over dinner, English informs Ambrose that he knows of a mole in MI7. Ambrose prepares to kill English, until it becomes clear that the traitor's identity is unknown. Tucker confronts Ambrose in the bathroom, knowing he is the mole, but English scolds Tucker and orders him to leave. Ambrose convinces English that Quartermain is the traitor. English entrusts the key to Ambrose, who then tells Pegasus that English is the traitor.

English confronts Quartermain in the church and realizes that he has been framed. He is then shot at by MI7 snipers and agents posing as worshippers in a church, using suppressors on their guns to fool the priest. He is shot once in the left leg and fools Quartermain before escaping in a modified electric wheelchair after holding Quartermain at gunpoint. English goes to Kate's flat, and convinces her that he is not the traitor.

Kate, scrutinizing footage of the Mozambique mission, realizes that the assassin behaved abnormally. They learn that Vortex owns a lethal drug called timoxeline barbebutenol that allows them to control a person for a brief time before that person dies of heart failure. Ambrose, the only surviving member of Vortex, plans to use the drug to kill the Premier in exchange for 500 million USD.

English visits Tucker and convinces him to help infiltrate 'Le Bastion'. After passing through security at the fortress, English warns Pegasus (who now knows who the real traitor is) of the threat, and unknowingly drinks the spiked drink, rendering him vulnerable to Ambrose's commands. Ambrose orders English to kill the Premier using a pistol disguised as a tube of lipstick. English tries to resist the effects of the drug, and engages in a fight with himself while Tucker attempts to interrupt communication between Ambrose and English. Tucker disrupts the frequency, replacing it with a song being played on a radio station, resulting in English beginning to dance. Ambrose reasserts his command, exposing himself in the process. English resists, shooting at Ambrose, who escapes.

The effects of the drug wear off and English seemingly dies of heart failure. The paramedics try to save English with CPR but fail; he is eventually revived by Kate via a kiss on the lips, reviving him and making his heart rate boost. English pursues Ambrose, parachuting from the building and hijacking a snowmobile. English reaches Ambrose, who is in a cable car. The two fight, with English falling out of the car. Ambrose tries to shoot English, who shoots a rocket disguised as an umbrella at the cable-car, killing Ambrose. English then sits back and says happily – "Tucker, you clever boy!"

Because of his actions, English is due to have his knighthood reinstated by The Queen, but as the ceremony takes place, the apparent Queen reveals herself to be the killer cleaner dressed up as the Queen and attempts to kill English with the knighthood sword. English fends off the cleaner, to which she runs off. English attempts to catch and attack her, but when guards come in with the real killer cleaner. English realizes that he has assaulted the real Queen and has been tricked once again.

A post-credits scene, influenced by the barber scene in The Great Dictator, sees English preparing a meal for Kate to the tune of "In the Hall of the Mountain King".


  • Rowan Atkinson as MI7 Agent Johnny English, a clumsy yet kind-hearted spy
  • Gillian Anderson as MI7 Head Pamela Thornton/Pegasus, the new boss at MI7
  • Rosamund Pike as Kate Sumner, MI7's behavioral psychologist and English's love interest. Pike previously appeared in Die Another Day from the James Bond franchise that this film spoofs.
  • Dominic West as Simon Ambrose, a MI7 agent and the main antagonist in the film. He is the third and final member of Vortex.
  • Daniel Kaluuya as Agent Colin Tucker, English's youthful sidekick and the logical thinker and smarter of the two
  • Tim McInnerny as Patch Quartermain, MI7 agent and quartermaster
  • Mark Ivanir as Artem Karlenko (alias Sergei Pudovkin), a Russian former double agent who was recruited by MI7 in Moscow, having been under the employ of the KGB. After Karlenko came over to England, he used the cover identity of Sergei Pudovkin, a man of immense wealth and a member of an exclusive golf club
  • Richard Schiff as Titus Fisher, an ex-CIA agent who turned renegade and is the first member of Vortex
  • Pik-Sen Lim as the Killer Cleaner, who frequently encounters English during his missions and has tricked him three times in a row but is arrested by the Royal guards.
  • Burn Gorman as Slater, a corrupt MI7 agent and Ambrose's accomplice
  • Joséphine de La Baume as Madeleine, Ambrose's henchwoman
  • Stephen Campbell Moore as British Prime Minister
  • Lobo Chan as Xiang Ping, the Chinese Premier
  • Togo Igawa as Ting Wang, a Tibetan guru and English's mentor, as well as an MI7 sleeper agent
  • Ellen Thomas as Colin Tucker's mother
  • Miles Jupp as an MI7 technician


Johnny English drives a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé with an experimental 9.0 litre V16 engine. There are only a few of these engines in existence, produced during tests for the Phantom Coupé, and they were not used in production models. For the production of the film, Atkinson approached the company and requested that they install one into a car, making the vehicle seen in the film unique.[6]


Filming for the sequel in London in September 2010

On 28 March 2007, Atkinson confirmed on Richard & Judy that a script for a second film was being worked on. In an interview for Mr. Bean's Holiday, Atkinson also said that there was quite a moderate chance for a sequel. On 8 April 2010, Universal Pictures first announced that they were producing a sequel to Johnny English, seven years following the first film.[7]

In June 2010, it was announced that Daniel Kaluuya had been added to the cast. In July 2010, Ben Miller, who featured as the sidekick 'Bough' in Johnny English, claimed had not been approached to reprise his role. On 10 July 2010, reported that Gillian Anderson would be playing MI7 Secret Agent, Pamela Head.

Filming began on 11 September 2010, in Central London at Cannon Street, with further production scheduled for the week beginning 13 September 2010, at Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire and later in Hawley Woods in Hampshire, Macau and Hong Kong.[8][9]

Filming took place on The Mall, London in Central London on 25 September 2010. Filming also took place in Kent, along the A299 carriageway and Cliffs End, Ramsgate.[10]

The Johnny English Theme from the original film is quoted four times in the score. Ben Miller, who played Bough in the previous movie appeared, but his scenes were cut from the final film.


Johnny English Reborn was originally going to release on 29 July 2011. The film was then pushed back to 16 September 2011, however, it was delayed again, this time to 7 October 2011.

Box office[edit]

Johnny English Reborn opened to an estimated $3,833,300 in its first weekend in United States and Canada. In the United Kingdom, it grossed $7,727,025, $2,628,344 in Australia, and $3,391,190 in Germany. After five weeks in release, it grossed $8,305,970 in the United States and Canada and $151,772,616 elsewhere, bringing to a total of $159,270,879.[11]


Much like its predecessor, the film received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 39% of 87 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 4.8 out of 10. The website's consensus is "Arguably a marginal improvement on its mostly-forgotten predecessor, Johnny English Reborn nonetheless remains mired in broad, tired spy spoofing that wastes Rowan Atkinson's once considerable comedic talent".[12] Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the film a score of 46 based on 20 reviews.[13] CinemaScore polls reported that the average grade moviegoers gave the film was a "B" on an A+ to F scale.[14]

On the Australian television programme At the Movies, Margaret Pomeranz rated the film 3 stars and David Stratton rated the film 2 stars (the highest being 5 stars).[15] Indian film critic Nikhat Kazmi of the Times of India gave the film a positive review praising Atkinson's characteristic flair for comedy once again, giving it a 4 star rating out of 5.[16]

Home media[edit]

Johnny English Reborn was released on DVD and Blu-ray combo pack featuring the first film on 14 February 2012 in the United Kingdom, and on 28 February 2012 in North America.[17]


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