All we had to do was turn around and look amazed, or something. But every time we'd turn round to the camera there were tears streaming down our faces. It's OK to get the giggles anywhere else but in films, because the technicians get pissed off with you. 


If you look at pictures of us you can see a lot of red-eyed shots; they were red from the dope we were smoking. And these were the clean-cut boys! 


They took us to Austria, took us up a mountain, gave us our boots (that nobody even laced up), gave us our skis, said, 'Turn over, take one. Action!' - and gave us a push. 


The Beatles Effect In 1965 Was Having Quite An Impact On The Homefront


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Help! has been regarded by many as a parody of contemporary Bond films, complete with power-crazy despots, mad inventors, and capers through exotic locations like the Bahamas and the snowy mountains of Austria. It has also been credited as the forerunner to contemporary rock musicals and pop videos. Here, we sneak a look at The Beatles at 'home', at a time when they were conquering the world.

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To a little bit of Duck Soup, add a fair amount of James Bond, a dollop of the Goon Show and then season heavily with the The Beatles. What do you get?

- This is one of the iconic scenes from the 1965 film Help! - a film that perhaps reflects the particular combination of familiarity and other-worldliness that was a big part of who The Beatles were, for many people. 

Derek Taylor, The Beatles' Press Officer, gives an insight into both where the Beatles were at and where they were going, around the time they were making their second film:

"These were the years of dash and daring. Sweeping out of the final (and wonderfully old-fashioned) 1964 family Christmas Shows into the wider world of 1965, The Beatles would soon find themselves figureheads of a movement far beyond "pop" where a counter-culture / alternative society was made flesh. National boundaries were presumed to be doomed. Millions of minds were to become expanded and many trousers would soon be spandex.

...Though the music would continue to pour out of them breaking in great waves over uncharted, challenging Reason and warming the heart, the Beatles would tire of those great sweating stadiums where they now played to screaming crowds who could no longer hear them."

At the beginning of this scene, a couple of ladies get to deliver some excellent commentary on The Beatles general effect on the public at the time...


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