Andrews, by riding in a minicab and tripping the front runner. Atkinson's film career began with a supporting part in the 'unofficial' James Bond movie Never Say Never Again (1983) and a leading role in Dead on Time (also 1983) with Nigel Hawthorne.In November 2012, it emerged that Rowan Atkinson intended to retire Mr. "The stuff that has been most commercially successful for me – basically quite physical, quite childish – I increasingly feel I'm going to do a lot less of," Atkinson told the Daily Telegraph's Review. He was in the 1988 Oscar-winning short film The Appointments of Dennis Jennings.Atkinson starred in a series of comedy shows for BBC Radio 3 in 1979 called The Atkinson People.
He also sang the song I Just Can't Wait To Be King in The Lion King.
Atkinson continued to appear in supporting roles in comedies, including Rat Race (2001), Scooby-Doo (2002), Love Actually (2003) and the crime comedy Keeping Mum (2005), which also starred Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith and Patrick Swayze.
Blackadder II (1986) followed the fortunes of one of the descendants of Atkinson's original character, this time in the Elizabethan era.
The same pattern was repeated in the two more sequels Blackadder the Third (1987) (set in the Regency era), and Blackadder Goes Forth (1989) (set in World War I).
Atkinson appeared as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car on Top Gear in July 2011, driving the Kia Cee'd around the track in .2, placing him at the top of the leaderboard until Matt Le Blanc later recorded a .1 lap time.
Atkinson appeared at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London as Mr.A recording of the stage performance was subsequently released as Live in Belfast.In 1984, Atkinson appeared in a West End version of the comedy play The Nerd alongside a 10-year-old Christian Bale.Atkinson appeared as a hapless and error-prone espionage agent named Richard Lathum in a long-running series of adverts for Barclaycard, on which character his title role in Johnny English and Johnny English Reborn was based.In 1999, he played the Doctor in The Curse of Fatal Death, a special Doctor Who serial produced for Comic Relief.The Sneeze and Other Stories, seven short Anton Chekhov plays, translated and adapted by Michael Frayn, were performed by Rowan Atkinson, Timothy West and Cheryl Campbell at the Aldwych Theatre, London in 1988 and early 1989.