Trivia: The film was initially banned in Norway, for fear that it might offend some people's religious sensibilities. In neighboring Sweden, it was billed as "The film so funny it was banned in Norway"
Trivia: Eric Idle originally recorded the song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" in his normal singing voice. After deciding this was not quite right, he re-recorded it with a Cockney accent. This version, the one that can now be heard in the film, was recorded in a hotel room with mattresses pushed up against the walls.
Trivia: This movie remained banned in the Irish republic until the year 2000. A town in south Wales famously banned it at the time even though there was no local cinema.
Trivia: In the scene where the gang of people is following Brian after his speech on the stage, one of them falls behind and says "let us... let us pray." This man is the late, great comedian Spike Milligan. (00:57:15)
Trivia: When Pilate is offering to "welease a pwisoner" the crowd mock him and are rolling about laughing while naming names with the letter "r" in. The actual scene of the crowd rolling around laughing were extras copying what Terry Jones was doing up on a stage. The scene was a "2nd try" The 1st try of the crowd copying Terry was apparently much better but the camera wasn't rolling.
Trivia: Despite persistent rumors, the movie was never intended to have the title "Jesus Christ's Lust For Glory". The true story is that during production of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), the Python's became increasingly irritated by the press always asking the same questions, such as "What will your next project be?" One day, Eric Idle flippantly answered, "Jesus Christ's Lust For Glory". Having discovered that this answer quickly shut up the reporters, the group adopted it as their stock answer. After production completed, they did some serious thinking about it, and realized that while satirizing Christ himself was out of the question, they could create a parody of first-century life. An early idea for a scene involved Jesus, a skilled carpenter frustrated by being crucified on a poorly built cross.
Trivia: Shots of people walking towards the Mount near the beginning of this film were unplanned; filming was late in the afternoon, when Tunisian extras were leaving.
Trivia: Only this week in July 2009 has a Scottish town lifted the 30 year ban on this classic. An '18 certificate' was issued just to be safe.