Its a double celebration this weekend here in London. The first James Bond film DR NO opened 50 years ago yesterday at the old London Pavilion cinema, ushering in that 50 years of Bond, guns, glamour, gadgets and stunts and those Bond girls and villains. It was also the weekend of the release of The Beatles first single "Love Me Do" - those unmistakable opening chords are still so effective for me .... just like that first track on the first Beatles album: "I Saw Her Standing There". I was 17 so of course I was in raptures over it, and those early singles like "Please Please Me", and B-sides like "This Boy" and that double-sider "Can't Buy Me Love/You Cant Do That" and those early albums. (Today's kids will say "what is a B-side?").
PS: having now seen THE MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR again I have deleted it from my tv hard drive, as its not something I would ever want to see again - it is just as baffling and exasperating this time around 45 years later ... plotless, scriptless, surreal but not in a good way - one needs to be in on the joke or the acid as the Fab Four fool around as wizards or watching the folk on the bus ... it is just like an extended home movie haphazardly put together - as we wonder at the moptops looking so young.... of course back in that pre-video age in 1967 it was only shown the once but we all had the double EP soundtrack which was the thing to have, the movie itself was of no consequence. We loved THE YELLOW SUBMARINE though and LET ME BE remains a fascinating document of the group's breakup.