Rowan was simply brilliant in Blackadder and also his live shows were so funny. But I was never really into Mr. Bean and also these Johnny English films were very disappointing. A great comic like him must have realized while reading the scripts that it's really nothing special. I wonder how many times did he demand a re-write. The problem with Johnny English is that it's just not funny. Simple as that.
Rowan is comic genius. The only standup I can think of that makes me bust a gut when he's talking about "Jesus and his disciples". Sucks for the kids today that only know him from Bean. Yeah the Johnny English films are pretty terrible and this is coming from a big Rowan fan. The most recent one Johnny English: Reborn isn't half-bad tho.