Johnny English (taglined in some countries as

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Johnny English (taglined in some countries as "Little Brother of James Bond") is a 2003 spy comedy film directed by Peter Howitt and written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and William Davies. It is a British-French venture produced by StudioCanal and Working Title Films, and distributed by Universal Pictures.

Starring Rowan Atkinson in the title role, Natalie Imbruglia, Ben Miller and John Malkovich, it is the first instalment of the Johnny English film series and serves as a parody and homage to the spy genre, mainly the James Bond film series, as well as Atkinson's Mr. Bean character. The character is also related to Atkinson's bumbling spy character from a series of adverts in the United Kingdom for Barclaycard in the 1990s.

Released theatrically in the United States on 18 July 2003, the film met with mixed reviews from critics but was commercially successful and grossed $160 million worldwide against a budget of $40 million.[2] The film was released in the United Kingdom on 11 April 2003 and topped the country's box office for the next three weekends, before being overtaken by X2.[5][6][7] It was followed by two sequels, Johnny English Reborn (2011) and Johnny English Strikes Again (2018).

Johnny English is a kindhearted but clumsy MI7 employee who dreams of becoming the top and most trusted agent. After Agent One dies in a submarine accident unknowingly caused by English due to faulty access hatch codes, the remaining agents are killed by a bombing at Agent One's funeral again due to English's incompetence by two criminals working for a yet unrevealed villain, leaving English the lone surviving agent capable of finishing Agent One's mission.

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