Johnny English [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2003
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 028947501626
  • Catalog Number: 000063802

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
Slamm Andrews Digital Editing
Nick Angel Executive Producer
Al Clay Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classical Funk

    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.

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