WATCH: Rowan Atkinson’s ‘Johnny English Reborn’ Trailer

Rowan Atkinson as Johnny English

It’s been eight years since Rowan Atkinson first strutted across our screens as the hapless secret agent Johnny English, and in that time, a lot has changed. James Bond has become cooler and more real, Austin Powers is but a dim and distant memory, and the Bourne films, the first of which came out while Johnny English was still filming, changed the way we look at international espionage in the movies.

Thankfully, this sequel – which also stars Gillian Anderson, Dominic West, Rosamund Pike and Daniel Kaluuya – proves that it’s not always necessary to change a spoof, just because the thing it is spoofing no longer exists.

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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