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Johnny English
(2003)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Edward Shearmur

Additional Music by:
Howard Goodall

Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
Jeff Toyne

Performed by:
The London Metropolitan Orchestra

Co-Produced by:
Steve McLaughlin
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca/Universal
(April 14th, 2003)
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Released internationally by Universal, initially in Europe.
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Buy it... if you seek a James Bond spoof score that is so effective that it's better than a fair number of the real thing.

Avoid it... if snazzy and jazzy action scores with blaring brass and groovy guitars make you wince, or if you simply can't tolerate a little poke of fun at a beloved franchise.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #419
WRITTEN 5/17/03, REVISED 3/8/09
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Johnny English: (Edward Shearmur/Howard Goodall) The Brits consider spy thriller films to be among their dearest specialties. They are, after all, the brains and talent behind the James Bond franchise and, logically, they're the ones in the best position to poke fun at their beloved espionage genre. Such is the case with Johnny English, a direct Bond spoof with the title character portrayed by talented physical comedian Rowan Atkinson (otherwise known as Mr. Bean). Along with a supporting cast of John Malkovich and Natalie Imbruglia, Atkinson heads a movie in which his newly commissioned license to stupefy is extended to the boundaries of misfortune and satire in every direction. Whether or not you can tolerate the film probably depends on how highly Atkinson is positioned your top-10 list of "people who should suffer an untimely death." His bizarre facial contortions border on the realms of perverse and disturbing no matter your tolerance of them. The film opened in Great Britain in April of 2003 and followed a few months later in America. It joyously takes advantage of strained relations between the French and their American and British counterparts in the politics of the early 2000's, with Malkovich's over the top performance revolving around a French maniac who steals the crown jewels (literally) of England. Young composer Edward Shearmur was hired to provide a full-scale parody score for the project. While not directly involved in major espionage scores in his rising career, he had scored a handful of films that were knocking on the door of mainstream success in his early projects. The music for Johnny English is a perfect kind of assignment for such a composer, because it allows him or her to incorporate the best of the genre that is being made fun of while also taking some comedic liberties with that same material. The Bond franchise of scores is definitely the largest target of parody in Johnny English, and fans of that music will note immediately that Shearmur (along with associate Howard Goodall) incorporated pieces from nearly the entire range of Bond music from the previous 25 years in this work. In perfect parody form, Shearmur plays 95% of the film as though it were a completely serious endeavor.



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Average: 3.6 Stars
***** 341 5 Stars
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Best soundtrack?
Andreas - October 11, 2006, at 1:29 p.m.
1 comment  (1625 views)
Shearmur's Johnny English
JMG - April 5, 2006, at 11:52 a.m.
1 comment  (1780 views)
shower scene
john - October 28, 2005, at 9:16 p.m.
1 comment  (2020 views)
What about a credit for Mr. Hans Zimmer? *NM*
Levente Benedek - June 21, 2004, at 8:08 a.m.
1 comment  (1953 views)
I've heard enough
Xeno - December 28, 2003, at 8:45 a.m.
1 comment  (2265 views)
Question about Edward Shearmur
Emma Jenny Taylor - August 17, 2003, at 9:10 a.m.
1 comment  (1831 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 60:38
• 1. Man for All Seasons - performed by Robbie Williams (3:59)
• 2. Theme from Johnny English (2:25)
• 3. Russian Affairs (1:27)
• 4. A Man of Sophistication (1:36)
• 5. Kismet - performed by Bond (5:14)
• 6. Truck Chase (4:53)
• 7. The Only Ones - performed by Moloko (4:12)
• 8. Parachute Drop (2:47)
• 9. Pascal's Evil Plan (2:34)
• 10. Theme from Johnny English (Salsa Version) - performed by Bond (3:21)
• 11. Off the Case (2:00)
• 12. Cafe Conversation (2:12)
• 13. Into Pascal's Lair (1:43)
• 14. Does your Mother Know - performed by ABBA (3:15)
• 15. For England (2:22)
• 16. Riviera Hideaway (1:18)
• 17. Agent No.1 (15:13)

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The insert includes extensive credits, but no extra information about the score or film.
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Here is what's really scary: Rowan Atkinson reminds me of perverts more than Michael Jackson does.
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