He might have been the one everyone was waiting to see at the Johnny English Reborn premiere this afternoon.
But when Rowan Atkinson arrived with his family in Leicester Square for the redThe new film opens with English honing his martial arts skills in a remote Tibetan retreat, having been thrown out of MI7 at the end of the first film. He is called back into the fold reluctantly by MI7’s new boss (Gillian Anderson) when she learns of a plot to assassinate the Chinese leader and is informed by a key contact that he will only deal with English.
The movie also stars Rosamund Pike as English's love interest Kate Sumner.
Talking recently about the film, Pike said: ‘Johnny English Reborn’ is certainly going to be a different film experience from the first film, I can tell you that. The whole structure, the whole approach, is different.
The 16-year-old clearly takes after her mother Sunetra in the looks department, and stood out from the crowd as she posed for photographers at the event.Wearing a chic black shift dress and leopard-print boots, Lily looked calm and confident as she posed next to her father and beautiful mother Sunetra.
Lily is no stranger to the movie industry, having previously starred in family movie Tooth in 2004 and alongside her father in Mr Bean's Holiday in 2007.
Sunetra, who has been married to Atkinson since 1990, also went for a black outfit, and looked glamorous in her full-length gown.
Atkinson, meanwhile, opted for a smart black suit as he posed on the red carpet with a sleek Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe specially created for the film.The 56-year-old actor is returning to his role as the hapless British spy in the second installment in the hilarious Johnny English franchise.
The first Johnny English film, released in 2003 on a budget of $35 million, raked in $161 million at the box office. This time the budget is much bigger – a move to keep the franchise abreast of the Bond and Bourne films.
‘I loved the Bond movies as a child, and I still do,’ confessed Atkinson in a recent interview. 'They are hugely inspiring – a wonderful combination of glamour and adventure. The books were written in the Fifties and were all about Britain as a fading power but they had this brilliant secret agent who could make Britain look great again.'
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