A Little Spy Music: Sounds of Johnny English Reborn
Award-winning composer and longtime Matthew Vaughn collaborator Ilan Eshkeri was tasked with composing the music for the comedy / spy thriller. Parker chose the musician after becoming intrigued by Eshkeri’s ability to alternate between intense sounds for such projects as Vaughn’s Layer Cake and Kick-Ass and director James McTeigue’s Ninja Assassin, as well as his more lighthearted choices for the fantasy Stardust and Jean-Marc Vallée’s period drama The Young Victoria.
Shares Parker of his decision to have Eshkeri score the film: “Ilan brings some serious pyrotechnics to the score. He has to spring from full-on action to understated comedy, from soaring romance to slapstick, and does so with wit and panache.”
Whether it be Duran Duran and John Barry’s “A View to a Kill” or Bono and Tina Turner’s collaboration on “GoldenEye,” what globetrotting spy film would be complete with an iconic title song? “I Believe in You,” written by award-winning songwriter and producer “EG” WHITE and performed by British singer / songwriter RUMER, was chosen as the theme song for Johnny English Reborn.
White, known for his work with superstars P!nk, Kylie Minogue, Adele, Joss Stone and Duffy, created the title track that would be sung by Brit award-nominee Rumer. Curiously enough, the film represents a reunion for Atkinson and Rumer, who actually sold the actor a laptop when she was a struggling artist working at an Apple store several years ago.
Parker offers what drew him to White’s song and how he feels Rumer’s vocals encapsulate the spirit of the film: “It’s wonderful to have that effortless grace and femininity sweeping us through the credits. Eg’s excellent song ‘I Believe in You’ is a great addition to the film—passionate, ambitious and tender. We all believe in Johnny.”
Related Link: Read the Full Production Notes for Johnny English Reborn