The Beatles were in Hamburg and James Bond was in the clutches of Dr. No on Crab Tree Island
As detailed in last week’s edition, the Beatles were playing nightly at the Star-Club in Hamburg from November 1 – 14, 1962. During this time, people back in Merry Old England were enjoying the first James Bond film, “Dr. No.” In fact, the first James Bond film made its world-wide premier in London on October 5, 1962, the same day that the first Beatles single, “Love Me Do,” was released!
This week’s trivia questions pertain to other connections between the Beatles and James Bond.
1. Which Beatles movie contains gimmicks and music mimicking the James Bond craze?
2. Name the three James Bond theme songs produced by Beatles producer George Martin, along with the artist who sang each song.
3. In the film “Goldfinger,” what remark does James Bond make about the Beatles when discussing the proper temperature for drinking Dom Perignon champagne?
4. The James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” has two connections to Ringo and one connection to Paul. Can you describe them? Hint: Two of the connections are linked to the theme song for the film, “Nobody Does It Better.”
5. Actor Richard Vernon appears in both a James Bond movie and a Beatles film. Name the two movies and the roles he played.
1. The Beatles second film, “Help!,” was influenced by the James Bond craze. After confronting the Beatles as they leave their apartment, Klang and Bhuta prepare to follow the Fab Four’s car in a Harrods truck that drops tacks into the street. This “chase scene” parodies the classic scene in “Goldfinger” when the back of James Bond’s Aston Martin car releases smoke and oil slicks in front of the cars in pursuit. The music for this scene in “Help!” is a variation of the “James Bond Theme.” A portion of this music was used to open the Capitol Records soundtrack album for “Help!”
2. George Martin produced the following James Bond theme songs: “From Russia With Love” by Matt Monro, “Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey and “Live And Let Die” by Wings. Martin also produced the score for the film soundtrack for “Live And let Die.” The book “The Beatles Solo on Apple Records” tells the fascinating and humorous story about how Paul was asked to write the theme song for “Live And Let Die” and the meeting between George Martin and film producer Harry Saltzman during which Saltzman asked Martin who they should get to sing the title song! Saltzman, who had used singers such as Matt Monro, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones and Nancy Sinatra for prior Bond films, had female vocalists like Thelma Houston and Aretha Franklin in mind. When Martin explained that they would not get the song unless they used Paul’s recording, Saltzman consented after realizing that having an ex-Beatle sing the theme song could be a plus.
3. After noticing that a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne had lost its chill, James Bond climbs out of bed to get a fresh bottle from the hotel suite refrigerator. He explains to his beautiful female companion, Jill Masterson, “My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done, such as drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!” Shortly after insulting the Beatles, Bond was knocked unconscious by Goldfinger’s Korean henchman, Odd-Job. Although he recovered, the girl was painted gold from head to toe, causing her to suffocate from lack of oxygen passing through her skin.
4. The lead Bond Girl in “The Spy Who Loved Me” was Barbara Bach, who later married Ringo. The theme song for the film, “Nobody Does It Better” (performed by Carly Simon), was produced by Richard Perry, who produced the albums “Ringo” and “Goodnight Vienna” for Ringo. Finally, the guitar solo in the song was played by Laurence Juber, who later was a member of Wings with Paul McCartney.
5. Actor Richard Vernon appears in the James Bond film “Goldfinger” as Colonel Smithers and as the Man on the Train in “A Hard Day’s Night.” He is the stuffy businessman who is annoyed by the Beatles playing the radio and opening the train compartment window for fresh air. He’s the one who says “I fought the war for your sort.”
Thanks to Beatle Tom Frangione for Help! with this week’s trivia
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Other posts of the series
- 2012: THE YEAR OF 50TH ANNIVERSARIES (May 8, 2012)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles Commercial Test at Abbey Road (June 5, 2012)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles First Visit to Abbey Road Studios - More (June 11, 2012)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles First Visit to Abbey Road Studios - Continued (June 18, 2012)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles First Proper Recording Session (September 4, 2012)
- 50 Years Ago: The Beatles 2nd Recording Session for their 1st Single (September 12, 2012)
- 50 Years Ago: EMI Prepares for Release of First Beatles Single (September 25, 2012)
- 50 Years Ago: EMI Releases First Beatles Single (October 3, 2012)
- 50 Years Ago: The Beatles First Television Appearance (October 16, 2012)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles played at Queen’s Hall (October 23, 2012)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles leave for Hamburg (October 30, 2012)
- 50 years ago: The Beatles and James Bond (This post) (November 6, 2012)
- 50 Years Ago: Another full week of concert appearances for the Beatles (November 21, 2012)
- 50 Years Ago: The Beatles Record their Second Single (November 27, 2012)
- 50 Years Ago: A Rare Beatles Stage Show Flop (December 4, 2012)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles Top Mersey Beat Poll Again (December 11, 2012)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles Leave for Final Hamburg Club Dates (December 18, 2012)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles spend Christmas in Hamburg (December 24, 2012)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles Ring in New Year in Hamburg (December 31, 2012)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles in Scotland (January 7, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles Promote Please Please Me Single (January 15, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles Promote Please Please Me Single (January 22, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles Gearing Up for First National Tour (January 29, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: Please Please Me Single Released in America (February 5, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles Record First Album (February 11, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles Continue Promoting 2nd Single (February 19, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: George Martin Prepares Album; Beatles Resume Helen Shapiro Tour (February 26, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles Record From Me To You (March 5, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles on Tour with Tommy Roe & Chris Montez (March 12, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: First Beatles Album Released (March 18, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles Conclude Roe/Montez Tour (March 25, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles at the BEEB (March 28, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles Release and Promote Third Single (April 9, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles Play Royal Albert Hall & Empire Pool (April 16, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles Continue With Concerts (April 22, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: While the Beatles on Vacation, Singles Chart (April 30, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: Beatles Please Please Me LP Tops the Charts (May 7, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: CONCERTS, CHILDREN’S TV AND TOURS (May 12, 2013)
- 50 Years Ago: Touring with Orbison and their own Radioshow (May 13, 2013)