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The Bobo

The Bobo
film poster
Directed by Robert Parrish
Peter Sellers (uncredited)
Produced by Jerry Gershwin
Elliott Kastner
Written by Novel:
Burt Cole
David R. Schwartz
Starring Peter Sellers
Britt Ekland
Rossano Brazzi
Adolfo Celi
Music by Francis Lai
Cinematography Gerry Turpin
Distributed by Warner-Pathé Distributors (UK)
Warner Bros. Pictures (USA)
Release dates
Running time
103 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Bobo is a 1967 British comedy film starring Peter Sellers and co-starring his then-wife Britt Ekland.

Based on the 1959 novel Olimpia by Burt Cole, also known as Thomas Dixon, Sellers is featured as the would-be singing matador, Juan Bautista. A theater manager offers to give him a big break if he seduces the beautiful Olimpia (Ekland) and spends an hour in her apartment with the lights off. The plot centers on Juan's attempts to woo the woman and famously includes Sellers covered in blue dye as the "Blue Matador."


  • Cast 1
  • Soundtrack 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4



  • "Imagine", the track for the titles, was written by Francis Lai, lyrics Sammy Cahn; released as single by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra 1967, Dana Valery as B-side to "You" by S. Napier, Bell, C. Leresche 1967, and by John Gary as B-side to "Cold" 1967[1][2]
  • The flamenco dancer in the restaurant sequence was La Chana (a.k.a. Antonia Santiago Amador) YouTube clip and Film about La Chana
  • "The Blue Matador"


  1. ^ Billboard - 2 sept. 1967 - Page 43 Francis Lai, composer of "A Man and a Woman," has come up with another melodical score in Peter Sellers ... With Sammy Cahn's lyrics, the Mexican-oriented music includes vocals and instrumental of the title song, "Imagine" and "The Blue Matador."
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures 0520209702 1997 Songs: "Imagine," "The Song of the Blue Matador" Francis Lai, Sammy Cahn

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