Bill Nighy is Victor Maynard, a middle-aged, solitary assassin, who lives to please his formidable mother, Louisa (Eileen Atkins), despite his own peerless reputation for lethal efficiency. His professional routine is interrupted when he finds himself drawn to one of his intended victims, Rose (Emily Blunt). He spares her life, unexpectedly acquiring a young apprentice in the process, Tony (Rupert Grint). Believing Victor to be a private detective, his two new companions tag along, while he attempts to thwart the murderous attentions of his unhappy client (Rupert Everett).
Spoilt by the almost inevitable evolving and predictable romance. The plot is slow and the direction sloppy but there is a comic genius about Martin Freeman's performance. Bill Nighy is as usual wryly amusing. I have a problem with all of the Harry Potter child actors. They are all dreadful, why are they so popular? Grint's meager efforts are dwarfed by all especially Everett's who plays a minor role excellently. Emily Blunt is unnotable in her role as a capricious, amoral, thief. Generally a reasonable comedy though the 12 certificate is generous in view of the assassination scenes.
Bill Nighy plays a blinder in this film. I was not looking forward to watching it, but it is extremely watchable and a bit difference. Funny and I am surprised I have not read more of this film in the papers.