Denis O’Dell, producer of two Beatles films as well as “How I Won the War”, “Robin and Marion” and “Heaven’s Gate”, has died at the age of 98. According to Variety, he died of causes of natural causes Thursday in Almeria, Spain, at his home in San José, Cabo de Gata.
Father of Denise O’Dell, producer of Exodus: Gods and Kings and grandfather of Denis Pedregosa, producer of the Netflix hit “The Paramedic”, O’Dell’s connection to the films dates back to the 1940s. produced six films, such as “The Playboy of the Western World” by Brian Desmond Hurst in 1962, before his association with the Beatles which began in professional terms with O’Dell taking an associate producer credit on “A Hard Day’s” from Richard Lester. Night ‘, with The Beatles and released in 1964.
O’Dell is generally credited with persuading John Lennon to go to Almeria to star in the absurd World War II drama “How I Won the War”, during the filming of which Lennon composed much of “Strawberry Fields”. Forever ”, a milestone in the production of The Beatles. Associate producer on ‘How I Won the War’, O’Dell received full producer credit on the ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ made for television, directed by George Harrison, Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Such was the Beatles’ gratitude to O’Dell that on ‘You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)’, one of the last songs recorded by the band, Lennon introduced McCartney as’ Denis O’Bell ‘. Despite being one of Spain’s biggest film producers, O’Dell never sought the limelight. In a rare moment of public attention, in 2013 he received the Almeria Land of Cinema award by the Almeria Short Film Festival, his highest honor.
According to Variety, he is survived by his daughter Denise O’Dell, who co-produced ‘Sahara’ and ‘The Kingdom of Heaven’, and his grandson Denis Pedregosa whose production credits also include ‘Cold Skin’ and ‘Black Mirror’s ” Black Episode from the Museum. (ANI)
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