‘Love me do’ and ‘James Bond vs Dr No’ celebrate their 60th birthdays this Wednesday

'Love me do' and 'James Bond vs Dr No' celebrate their 60th birthdays this Wednesday

“Love Me Do”, “silly love song”


“Love Me Do” launched the Beatles’ career, here in 1968 with Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison from left to right.

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On October 5, 1962, The Beatles released their first original single, “Love Me Do.” A naïve title penned by Paul McCartney at the age of 16 that launched their career. This “silly love song” was inspired by his then-girlfriend Iris Caldwell, who was also previously George Harrison’s.

“Love love me do, you know I love you, Ill always be true, So please, love me do” is the title of the British group’s most famous “stupid love song”, which has since become a cult .

“Bond, James Bond”

On the same day, Terence Young’s James Bond vs. Dr. No was screened for the first time in a darkroom in the UK. Produced on a modest budget, this adaptation of Ian Fleming’s novel, published in 1958, starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andres as James Bond’s first and sculptural girl, would quickly become a success.

“James Bond vs. Dr. No” is also an opportunity for 007 to utter his famous and mythical “Bond, James Bond” for the first time. A cult phrase that would then return in almost all 26 films of the saga.

James Bond doesn’t like the Beatles

It’s as bad as listening to the Beatles without headphones.

Two years later, the Beatles had become the biggest band in the world, and pop music was already a cultural revolution in progress. James Bond, who found his audience, is rather a defender of the establishment and the old culture. The tension between the franchise and the Beatles grew in 1964 when “Goldfinger” was released, marked by a line that would cause many conversations. During an intense flirting scene, 007 is with a lady in his bedroom when he notices that the champagne has gone cold. An unacceptable situation for His Majesty’s spy and the opportunity for him to utter another of his iconic lines: “My dear, there are things that are not done, such as drinking Dom Pérignon 53 above 38 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s as bad as listening to the Beatles without headphones.

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