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.