Filming: The Fool on the Hill

On October 30th 1967 Paul McCartney traveled to Nice, France to film a sequence for his song The Fool on the Hill, to be used in The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour film. He was joined by Beatle roadie Mal Evans and cameraman Aubrey Dewar (see video below).

"I just ad-libbed the whole thing. I went, 'Right, get over there: let me dance. Let me jump from this rock to this rock. Get a lot of the sun rising. Get a perfect shot and let me stand in front of it.' I just had a little Philips cassette to mime to and roughly get the feeling of the song. There was no clapper because there was no sound... It was very spontaneous, as was the whole of Magical Mystery Tour. Later, when we came to try to edit it all, it was very difficult because I hadn't sung it to sync.
We shouldn't have really had just one cameraman, it was anti-union. That was another reason to go to France. The unions wouldn't have allowed it in Britain, nor probably in France, but they didn't know we were doing it." - Paul McCartney

McCartney forgot his passport but managed to convince customs to let him fly regardless, as they undoubtedly knew who he was. Filming took place the following day on October 31st. 

Paul McCartney filming a promo video for The Fool on the Hill in Nice, October 31st 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming a promo video for The Fool on the Hill in Nice, October 31st 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming a promo video for The Fool on the Hill in Nice, October 31st 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming a promo video for The Fool on the Hill in Nice, October 31st 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming a promo video for The Fool on the Hill in Nice, October 31st 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming a promo video for The Fool on the Hill in Nice, October 31st 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming a promo video for The Fool on the Hill in Nice, October 31st 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming a promo video for The Fool on the Hill in Nice, October 31st 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming a promo video for The Fool on the Hill in Nice, October 31st 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming a promo video for The Fool on the Hill in Nice, October 31st 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming a promo video for The Fool on the Hill in Nice, October 31st 1967. 

Paul McCartney filming a promo video for The Fool on the Hill in Nice, October 31st 1967. 

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