Past and influences
The smoothness of Mr. Bean originated while Atkinson was studying for his master’s degree in electrical engineering at Queen’s College, Oxford. A sketch featuring the type was performed with the Edinburgh Fringe in the early 1980s. An identical character called Robert Box, played by Atkinson himself, appeared in the one-off 1979 ITV sitcom Canned Laughter, that also featured routines utilized in the show Bean (1997).
Among Bean’s earliest appearances occurred in the “Just for Laughs” comedy festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, later. When programme co-ordinators were scheduling him in the festival programme, Atkinson insisted he perform on the French-speaking bill rather than the English-speaking programme. Having no French dialogue in the act in any respect, programme co-ordinators cannot realize why Atkinson planned to perform for the French bill instead. Mainly because it been found, Atkinson’s act at the festival was obviously a test platform to the Mr. Bean character, and Atkinson desired to discover how his character’s physical comedy would fare while on an international stage having a non-English speaking audience.
The character’s name was not decided until following the first programme have been produced; a number of other vegetable-influenced names, including “Mr. Cauliflower”, were explored. Atkinson cited the sooner comedy character Monsieur Hulot, created by French comedian and director Jacques Tati, being an relation to the character. Stylistically, Mr. Bean can also be very similar to early silent films, relying purely upon physical comedy, with Mr. Bean speaking hardly any dialogue (although like other live-action TV series of times, it features a laugh track). This has allowed the series to be sold worldwide with no significant changes to dialogue. In November 2012, Atkinson told The Daily Telegraph of his intentions to retire the type, stating that “someone in their 50s being childlike gets to be a little sad.