The Beatles fly to the Bahamas

On February 22nd 1965, The Beatles flew to the Bahamas to begin filming for Help! - originally titled Eight Arms to Hold You.

The band, along with co-star Eleanor Bron left London Airport on a Boeing 707, seen off by around 1.400 fans.

After a brief stop to refuel in New York The Beatles continued on to the Bahamas. Upon arrival they held a brief press conference before checking into the Balmoral Club near Cable Beach, Nassau.

"Brandon De Wilde was an actor, a James Dean type. He liked The Beatles' music and he heard we were going to film in the Bahamas, so he came over from the States with a big bag of reefer. We smoked on the plane, all the way to the Bahamas. It was a charter flight, with all the film people – the actors and the crew – and we thought, 'No, nobody will notice.' We had Mal smoking cigars to drown out the smell." - George Harrison
Photos below by Henry Grossman. 
George Harrison filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

George Harrison filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

George Harrison and Ringo Starr filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

George Harrison and Ringo Starr filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

Ringo Starr filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

Ringo Starr filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

Paul McCartney filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

Paul McCartney filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

Ringo Starr filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

Ringo Starr filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

John Lennon filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

John Lennon filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

Ringo Starr enjoying the views in the Bahamas, 1965. 

Ringo Starr enjoying the views in the Bahamas, 1965. 

Paul McCartney filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

Paul McCartney filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

Paul McCartney filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

Paul McCartney filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

Paul McCartney filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

Paul McCartney filming Help! in the Bahamas, 1965. 

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