Rowan Atkinson is back as Her Majesty’s silliest agent in Johnny English Strikes Again! This third chapter in the series sees the title spy emerge from retirement to take on a cyber criminal with aims of global domination. When duty calls, only Britain’s greatest respond; when they’re unavailable, the Prime Minister calls on Johnny English.
Most famous for his role in the Blackadder franchise and as Mr. Bean in the classic British sitcom and subsequent film adaptations, Atkinson is also known for his performances in movies like Rat Race, The Lion King, and Love, Actually. In addition to Atkinson, the film also stars Emma Thompson as Britain’s Prime Minister, Quantum of Solace‘s Olga Kurylenko as a dangerously gorgeous femme fatale, and The Office‘s Jake Lacy as an American Silicon Valley business mogul.
Fans of Atkinson know that the jolly Brit is at his best when he’s got the camera all to himself, showcasing the hilarious elasticity of his face while engaging in riotous acts of physical comedy. He’s one of the best there is at what he does, and Johnny English Strikes Again looks like another feather in Atkinson’s comedy cap.
JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN: EXCLUSIVE CLIP
Just as James Bond movies frequently feature cool Aston Martin cars like the DB5 and the V12 Vanquish, Johnny English is similarly equipped with his own high-tech vehicle! In an exclusive clip from the film, complete with behind the scenes footage, Johnny English gears up to take on his latest mission. When presented with a fleet of identical hybrid cars, he chooses an outdated (but totally chic) tomato-red Aston Martin V8 Vantage. It’s less than conspicuous, but a perfect fit for English’s over-the-top taste and sensibilities.
As Atkinson himself explains in the clip, the car used in the production is his own; Atkinson is an avid automobile enthusiast in real life, has raced cars professionally, and even made an appearance on Top Gear back in 2011. Furthermore, the film’s stunt coordinator, Paul Herbert, maintains that most of the driving in the film was performed by Atkinson. Although the car used in the film belongs to Atkinson, it’s probably safe to assume that his personal vehicle isn’t equipped with tear gas missile launchers (to deal with pesky French cyclists).
Johnny English Strikes Again hits U.S. theaters on October 26. The film has already made more than $82 million overseas, thanks to Atkinson’s global fan base, and is expected to grow in the coming weeks as it adds its final markets, including Japan, Germany, and, of course, the United States.