Johnny English Starring: Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia Director: Blake Edwards The film: Another comedic take - this time a British production - on the 007 film series. The James Bond-like role is taken up by Rowan Atkinson as the titular Johnny English, fortunately in sharp-witted mode, rather than in the character of bumbling Mr Bean. Noting that Universal Films has released one version with five Asian subtitles to choose from, the viewer might be forgiven for assuming a Bean-like performance, as this TV series buffoon persona convincingly conquered this part of the world in its day. That said, Atkinson and the Johnny English scriptwriters have included a generous splash of slapstick, which is not surprising as the production team and director Blake Edwards were the force behind the big-screen farce Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie. The plot is nothing too mind-bending and revolves around a heist of Queen Elizabeth II's crown jewels and a slightly blue-blooded Frenchman's attempt to become king of England. Johnny English, by default - as all other British spies are mysteriously killed off - is the man who has to rectify both situations. The madcap Frenchman, Pascal Sauvage, is entertainingly played by John Malkovich. Sauvage has made a fortune out of managing prisons across Europe and when English suspects him of masterminding the jewel theft, he breaks into Sauvage's headquarters to discover that the man who would be king has a bizarre and scary plan for his new kingdom. English condenses the suaveness of a Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan combined and unleashes it on any woman who takes his fancy. At the event where the crown jewels disappear he meets the striking motorbike-riding Lorna Campbell (played by Australian soap star turned pop idol Natalie Imbruglia) who introduces herself as the restorer of the jewels. But later in the movie, her declared credentials start to appear suspect. One of the film's funniest scenes pairs the two at a trendy sushi bar, where English pretends he is a connoisseur of such cuisine but continually commits culinary hara-kiri. Special effects and stunts in the film, though minimal, are well executed. English's night parachute jump with sidekick Bough (Ben Miller) convincingly deposit the two on London's Canary Wharf towers - albeit unintentionally on separate ones, due to English's shunning of a 'laser locator'. And though English has an unlikely aversion to gadgets, plenty surround him throughout his farcical travels. The extras: A behind-the-scenes feature shows stunts and effects being created and a very serious Atkinson on set. Amusing character statistics appear as a page each for the four main characters. Viewers must pass an observation test - clips followed by questions - in order to gain access to a handful of deleted scenes; a fun idea. PC-compatible CD-Rom extras include two spy games, a spoof interactive criminal mug-shot profile program and Johnny English wallpaper and screensaver downloads. The verdict: A few hearty laughs are pretty much guaranteed for the average viewer as well as plenty of smirks. But this is not must-see comedy. CD-Rom elements are far superior to those accompanying most DVD releases.