Johnny English [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Johnny English [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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The idea behind Edward Shearmur's score for the film Johnny English is simple. The picture is a James Bond parody in which British comedian Rowan Atkinson transfers his Mr. Bean character, a rude, ignorant Englishman, into the spy genre. (The original version of the screenplay was even written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the

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The idea behind Edward Shearmur's score for the film Johnny English is simple. The picture is a James Bond parody in which British comedian Rowan Atkinson transfers his Mr. Bean character, a rude, ignorant Englishman, into the spy genre. (The original version of the screenplay was even written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the writers of the two previous actual Bond films, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.) So, Shearmur's job, which he has executed efficiently in the past in such similar exercises as Charlie's Angels, was to produce music that recalled the music from a Bond film, i.e., the souped-up sound of John Barry and Monty Norman. He achieves this without trouble, employing the same slashing strings and twangy guitar effects so familiar from the Bond series. The music has something more of an electronica/dance music style (recent Bond scores have had that, too), but is lacking the sense of humor you might hope for in a satire. Johnny English is oriented more toward European than American audiences, and the inclusion of a high-profile leadoff song by Robbie Williams, who, as of 2003, was a big international music star but hadn't yet broken in America, underscores that. The same might be said about the inclusion of female string quartet Bond's "Kismet." (Note that the final track, "Agent No. 1," isn't really 15 minutes long. It runs four minutes, followed by nine minutes of dead silence, then a two-minute piano and trumpet coda, one of the more irritating "hidden tracks" to be found on a CD, since the gap is so long and what finally turns up isn't worth waiting for.)

Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2003
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0028947501626
catalogNumber:
000063802

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guy Pratt   Bass
Heitor T.P.   Bass,Guitar
Mark Wood   Guitar
Chester Kamen   Guitar
Arik Marshall   Guitar
Eddie Stevens   Piano,Keyboards
Guy Chambers   Trumpet,Soloist
Peter G. Hanson   Violin
Mark Berrow   Violin
Rita Manning   Violin,Leader
Gavyn Wright   Violin,Leader
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Eddie Roberts   Violin
Julian Leaper   Violin
Haylie Ecker   Violin
Martin Loveday   Cello
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Gay-Yee Westerhoff   Cello
Isobel Griffiths   Conductor
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Paul "Wix" Wickens   Keyboards
Peter Lale   Viola
Bruce White   Viola
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Tania Davis   Viola
Dee Lewis   Background Vocals
London Metropolitan Orchestra   Track Performer
Tom Bowes   Violin
Robbie Williams   Vocals,Background Vocals
Benedict Cruff   Violin
Eos Chater   Violin
Gustav Clarkson   Viola
David Daniels [cello]   Cello

Technical Credits

Geoff Zanelli   Arranger,Programming
Mark Brydon   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Eddie Stevens   Programming
Ric Featherstone   Programming,Engineer
Benny Andersson   Producer
Björn Ulvaeus   Producer
Hans Zimmer   Producer
Andy Bradfield   Engineer
Stephen McLaughlin   Engineer,Score Producer,Score Mixer
Andrew Dudman   Engineer
Jake Jackson   Engineer
Matt Lawrence   Engineer
Robert Elhai   Orchestration
Jeff Toyne   Orchestration
Nick Angel   Executive Producer
Clay   Producer,Engineer

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Johnny English [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was great because of the music and Mr. Bean ;-). The songs by BOND are like classical funk and the other songs are upbeat and fun.