The Beatles, James Bond, and Britain Reborn

English: Paul McCartney, George Harrison and J...

This week marked the fiftieth anniversary of two enduring British institutions. On October 5, 1962, The Beatles released their first single, “Love Me Do,” and on the same day the first James Bond film, Dr. No, hit theaters. Fifty years later, neither of these cultural juggernauts seems ready to slow down. Next month Skyfall opens in theaters with Daniel Craig reprising his role as Bond, and also next month Paul McCartney will tour North America, playing to sold-out stadiums. Continue reading