1973: Paul McCartney special promotes 007

In April 1973, Paul McCartney had a television special, simpled titled James Paul McCartney, where the musician performed a vareity of songs.

Given it was only a few months before the debut of Live And Let Die, it was a natural that the special include the title song of the new James Bond movie that he and Linda McCartney had written. (A song that producer Harry Saltzman had liked but had wanted to have a woman singer perform.)

You take a look for yourself. It starts at the 3:58 mark of this clip and immediately follows a number where McCartney performs with a group of dancers made up to like half-men and half-women. The Live And Let Die is more straight forward, including clips of Roger Moore’s debut as 007. But Paul & Co. better watch out for the spy at the end.



There’s an extremely clever series of “minimalistic James Bond movie posters” on Flickr. Created and posted by Will Binder, each one relies on a single image, rendered as an ingeniously simple graphic, to convey the film’s theme. “011,” shown here, is for the 11th Bond film, Moonraker. He’s got one for each of the series, so go check ’em out!