This film is very much of its time. It is light entertainment and all the better for that. Yes perhaps the story is a bit thin, the plot just a bit predictable. But Cliff Richard, playing very much the "Elvis", as he was seen at the time, sings his heart out and acts surprisingly well. In fact the whole cast is very well done, with The Shadows (the guys on the bikes lead by the inimitable Hank Marvin) making some nice little cameo performances, and playing too. Una stubbs is of course very good too as you might expect. At the time, taking an old London bus on an adventure like this would have been seen as nigh on impossible.Exotic and glamorous too! But the whole film captures a simpler more gentle era. It even captures the now defunct works in London where buses were maintained and refurbished, you can almost smell the oil and grease in the place! Look at the way they rotated them on giant spits!
How many of us have dreamed of taking an old London bus and doing this? I know I have!
This was one of the first films I ever saw and the music screamed up the charts at the time. It has some real classics not least the title song, but what about the heartbreaking "Next time"? Not to mention Bachelor Boy.
"Who forgot the petrol?"!!!!