- Call Me Bwana
name = Call Me Bwana
caption = Promotional movie poster for the film
director = Gordon Douglas
Harry Saltzman Albert R. Broccoli Pearl Thomas
writer = Johanna Harwood
Bob Hope Anita Ekberg Edie Adams Arnold Palmer
End Title Song sung by
Peter R. Hunt
art director =
released = flagicon|United States
June 14, 1963
runtime = 102 min.
country = UK
language = English
amg_id = 1:7899
imdb_id = 0056897
"Call Me Bwana" is a 1963
farcefilm starring Bob Hopeand Anita Ekberg, and directed by Gordon Douglas. It is largely set in Africa. It is the only film made by EON Productionswhich is not about the Ian Fleming spycharacter, James Bondand was made by most of the same film crew as " Dr. No (film)".
Bob Hopeplays a New York writer who has passed off his uncle's memoirs of explorations in Africa as his own. Hope lives his false reputation as a great white hunterto the point of living in a Manhattan apartmentfurnished to look like an African safarilodge complete with sound effectsrecords of African fauna. Based on his false reputation as an "Africa Expert", he is recruited by the United States Governmentand NASAto locate a missing secret space probe before it can be located by hostile forces.
Hope's co-stars include
Edie Adamsand Anita Ekbergplaying secret agents. Golfer Arnold Palmermakes a brief cameo, playing a crazy round of golf with Hope—a scene revisited in the film " Spies Like Us" where Hope makes a cameo appearance and plays golf through a tent. A scene involving an unseen President John F. Kennedyin his famous rocking chair is parodied with his Russian counterpart Nikita Kruschevrocking in a chair that squeaks loudly.
*An advertisement for this film appears on an exterior wall in
Istanbulin the film "From Russia with Love". After helping shoot a man who had just crawled out of a hole in the wall ad (concealed in Ekberg's face), Bond (Sean Connery) remarks, "She should've kept her mouth shut."
*When meeting golfer Arnold Palmer, Palmer relates the fact that his golf clubs were owned by a former friend of Bob's. Bob dumps the golf clubs on the ground and sees they're bent. He then says the line, "Yep...those are Crosby's all right."
*The film was originally intended to be shot entirely on location in
Kenyabut the problems of the Mau Mau Uprisingled the producers to only have second unit cinematographyled by John Coquillon.
Albert R. Broccoli's autobiography "When the Snow Melts," EON Productionswas originally contracted by United Artiststo make two films a year for them, one James Bondfilm and one non-Bond film. Many original suggestions were meant to showcase Sean Connerywho turned them all down as he didn't want his career totally in the hands of EON. When asked by United Artistsexecutive Donald Zec if they had any ideas for their non-Bond film, Harry Saltzmanwho had previously made The Iron Petticoatwith Hope said he had an idea for a Bob Hope movie. Broccoli asked Zec if he had any ideas and Zec replied that he had seen a British rock and rollgroup called The Beatlesthat had sellout crowds and thought about featuring them in a film. Saltzman laughed and asked why he would want to make a film about four young long-haired kids from Liverpool when he had Bob Hope. United Artists made the Beatles film with Walter Shenson and "A Hard Day's Night" was more successful than "Call Me Bwana."
* "" is
Swahiliterm of respect commonly used in East Africa.
* During a scene of Hope's
Land Rover's tyres being punctured by darts, a stage hand wearing a white shirt can be seen gesturing behind indoor studio foilage.
Paul Jarricomade revisions to the script [p.250 Ceplair, Larry "The Marxist and the Movies: A Biogaraphy of Paul Jarrico" 2007 University Press of Kentucky]
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