Johnny English is back on the cinema screens once again in 2018, and we are very excited about it. Not only is it funny, the cars in there are often very high-quality and very unique.
In the first film we have the Aston Martin DB7, pretty much a Bond car, only with a stupid agent behind the wheel. It has all the gadgets as you'd imagine, even an ejection seat, because all agents' cars must be able to shoot it's annoying passenger out the roof.
Then in the second film: Johnny English Reborn, Rowan Atkinson kindly asked BMW if they can fit the experimental 9L V16 engine, that was initially designed for the Phantom but the idea failed to pass the accounting department, into the Phantom to be used in the movie.
And BMW said yes! So the Phantom in the second installment was a self-driving car that can talk, that growls and outstandingly beautiful. Pretty speedy too.
Therefore, in the latest film: Johnny English Strikes Again, there should be plenty of cars that will keep us petrolheads happy. And we can gladly report, there are.
Triumph Dolomite Sprint - the humble and unreliable
English retired after the last mission in 2012, and became a geography teacher. So fittingly, he had to buy himself a car, a car that doesn't shout, a car that's fun, a car that's British and not a Rolls Royce or an Aston Martin, a car like the Triumph Dolomite Sprint.
The old girl was only in a few shots, it's last appearance on our screen was that it broke down. English tried to start it after getting told off, and it wouldn't budge. Typical.
Hyundai i30 with a learners' plate - because erm...why not?
Johnny English can outrun anybody with any car. Literally. When he escaped from the baddie's mansion, he robbed a Hyundai i30 which is being used a learner's car. He grabbed hold of the instructor, hit him, and threw him away. And then he himself stepped into the passenger seat with a nanny driving bewilderedly. Of course the nanny doesn't exactly know how to drive, so English used the pedals fitted on the left, and told the nanny just to focus turning the wheel.
It was hard work, but they did manage to get away from the baddie. Prove that English is so talented, that he can get away even if he's not driving.
London Sightseeing Tour Bus - It's all too real!
Alright, this one isn't really a car, but it's close enough. It's a bus. Specifically a London double-decker tour bus. English climbed onboard, thinking that the tour guide is the enemy, because of course, he's wearing a VR headset, and he threw the poor man off the top deck.
BMW i3s - Even the agents loves polar bears
Ophelia the Russian spy went undercover in the South of France, she had to blend in the environment, so she drives an BMW i3s to go on a car chase with the big, red, hairy-chested Aston Martin.
And guess who won? Did the future beat the past? Did electric cars beat the big British muscle car? You'll just have to wait and see, but the result was unexpectedly funny.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Oscar India - Because a spy must have an Aston Martin
It's no secret that Rowan Atkinson loves cars in real life, so the car he chose for Johnny English has to be something special. Seeing that this is a film about past vs future, old-school vs new tech, Rowan went for the proper good old British muscle car - the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, finished in the gorgeous red as you can see.
Everything about the Aston, from the exhaust note, how the car drove, to how the car chase went with the BMW i3s, was nothing short of interesting. In the middle of the car chase, of course, English used the missiles fitted on the bonnet of the Aston, to fire at the French cyclists which were in the way. Rightfully so I'd imagine.
This exact Aston Martin is Rowan Atkinson's personal car. He bought the car 6 months before the shoot of the film, and he bought it with the film in mind. With the background of the film being 'analogue vs modern', this car was a perfect fit as it represents the olden rock-and-roll days beautifully.
There you have it, a look at some of the star cars in the movie. Albeit not a proper spy movie, more like Mr.Bean with guns than full-on James Bond, one thing's for sure: if a petrolhead walks into the cinema, he/she will walk out laughing like a drain. It's that good.