When a cyber-attack reveals the identities of Britain’s undercover agents, the powers that be call on their most effective spy to solve the problem. “Effective” but clumsy and well, quite unorthodox, Johnny English comes out of retirement to save the secret service from a very skilled and determined hacker. Starring Rowan Atkinson and Emma Thompson, the third instalment in this brilliant spy comedy franchise sees the legendary Atkinson at his best.
The joy of Rowan Atkinson
Love him or hate him, one thing is certain, Rowan Atkinson is a deeply funny man. He should be – he’s been making people laugh for 40 years.
Rowan Atkinson is back as the totally inept MI7 agent in Johnny English Strikes Again, the third instalment in this hilarious movie franchise. This time, Johnny comes out of retirement to save the secret service from a very skilled and determined hacker whose cyber-attack has revealed the identities of Britain’s undercover agents.
Despite his kooky and silly characters, comedy is something Rowan takes very seriously. A veteran comedian, he has been around for four decades, from his beginnings in Not the Nine O’Clock News – the BBC comedy sketch show that earned him his first BAFTA in 1981 – to the world-famous Mr. Bean.
Despite Rowan’s impressive physical comedy skills, it was his sharp-witted dry delivery of acerbic humour that propelled him to stardom. Long before the creation of Mr Bean, Rowan starred as Edmund Blackadder in the BBC’s pseudo-historical sitcom Blackadder. Created by Rowan and Richard Curtis (of Love Actually fame), Blackadder cemented Rowan’s status as a comedic genius, along with co-stars Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tommy Robinson and Miranda Richardson. But it wasn’t until 1990 that Rowan created his most famous character, Mr Bean.
Believe it or not, the Johnny English secret agent parody movies kicked off 16 years ago now, so if you haven’t seen the first two, we suggest you get busy:
5 reasons Rowan has earned his cred
- Rowan has a master’s degree in electrical engineering.
- He was awarded a CBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2013 for his contribution to the arts and his work with charitable and welfare organisations.
- He voices the red-billed hornbill Zazu in The Lion King.
- In a 2005 poll in The Observer, Rowan’s peers rated him as one of the 50 funniest actors in British comedy, and among the top 50 comedians ever.
- He starred opposite the real James Bond (Sean Connery in this case), in the 1983 movie Never Say Never Again.
Watch Johnny English Strikes Again on Sunday 2 June on M-Net (101) at 20:05