Skip to comments.Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Call Me Bwana"(1963)
Posted on 05/05/2013 11:24:18 AM PDT by ReformationFan
I remember watching this as a kid.
Hee Larry Us!!!!
Then again it’s Bob Hope...
Sourceof this classic IIRC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a6YdNmK77k
Very accurate description.
Funny how they managed to cleverly work a very shameless plug for “Call Me Bwana” into “From Russia with Love.”
In the novel the poster was for “Niagara”
Yep. But Miss Monroe had already died at that point and “Niagara” was a 20th Century-Fox film. It made perfect economic sense for both EON and UA to plug “Call Me Bwana” instead. I’m guessing more people have either seen or tried to see the 1963 Bob Hope comedy for the reason it was in FRWL alone.
I’ve only seen “Bwana” just the one time, probably 20 years or so ago. It was certainly nowhere as good as FRWL. Then, of course, when you go to see a Bob Hope movie, it’s just Bob Hope being Bob Hope. I wonder why Anita Ekberg never made an appearance in a Bond film.
FRWL’s a different genre of film altogether from CMB. However, if you look closely there are quite few similarities between the Bond films and CMB(no surprise considering the source.)
Miss Ekberg was probably out of the price range for Bond girl actresses. Broccoli and Saltzman usually liked to pick unknown girls to “discover” them. Also, the cynical side of me would say the unknown actresses were probably cheaper for them to hire.
If you listen real closely, Anita Ekberg’s voice in CMB sounds the same as Ursula Andress’ in “Dr. No”, Claudine Auger’s in “Thunderball”, Mie Hama’s in “You Only Live Twice”, Shirley Eaton’s in “Goldfinger” and Virginia North’s in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. They all belong to this lady:
I will have to check it out.
Those are... very... pointy.
She’s a sharp one :) And to think that was fashionable at the time....
That musta messed with many a young man’s minds thinking that womens breasts were shaped like cones, only to discover it was not quite so.
I’d say it would be a fleeting concern if you had gotten that far....
Some of the similarities between Bond and CMB:
The hero is in pursuit of a missing space capsule(Dr. No, You Only Live Twice, Moonraker)
2 main leading ladies in the film(Most Bond films)
One leading lady is an American agent(Moonraker), the other is a Russian agent(The Spy Who Loved Me, From Russia With Love)
A golf game with a cameo or reference to Arnold Palmer(Goldfinger)
A sequence with a tarantula(Dr. No)
Mai-Ling, the actress who plays Hope’s female assistant at the beginning later played Mei-Lei, Goldfinger’s private plane stewardess and one of Tiger Tanaka’s geisha girls in You Only Live Twice).
Best line at 0:12:15-0:12:19
“Mr. Meriwether. What do I tell the President?”
“Tell him I voted for Nixon.”
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