Beatles film producer Denis O’Dell died on December 30 in Almería, Spain. Variety reports that he died of natural causes in his home in San José, Cabo de Gata, where he had lived for 40 years. He was 98 years old at the time of his death. According to O’Dell’s son, they are planning to hold a local private service and memorial service at some point in the UK.
O’Dell is working for the first time with the Fab Four came when he was credited as an associate producer on A hard day’s Night, the group’s very first film, released in 1964. Soon after, he would work with Joh Lennon in the 1967 war satire, How i won the war. During which Lennon composed many Strawberry fields forever, a well-known piece of the quartet. That same year, O’Dell would also be credited as a producer for The Magic Mystery Tour, which was directed by three of the Fab Four: George Harrison, Lennon and Paul McCartney, and worked with Ringo Starr and Pete Sellers on The magical Christian (1969).
Eventually, O’Dell would become director at The Beatles‘ Apple Corps company, where he would be responsible for films at Apple Movies and recently appeared in Peter Jackson’s To recover anthology.
Aside from being a producer of Beatles films, O’Dell has also been credited as a producer for films like that of Sydney Lumet The offense (1973), Royal Lightning (1975), Robin and Marion (1976) starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn, and the infamous The gate of paradise (1980). O’Dell would have only worked on the film’s prologue and would have almost nothing to do with the rest of The gate of paradise.
His daughter, Denise O’Dell, and grandson, Denis Pedregosa, have been producers for decades, with Denis being credited as a producer for Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), and Denis being credited as a producer for The Netflix paramedic.