B43369 – Beatles 1965 Help! Autographs Signed For A Cast Member Twickenham (UK) – Price On Request

An autograph book containing a complete set of Beatles signatures in blue ballpoint pen. They were signed for a gentleman named Dani Almond who played an Indian fakir in The Beatles second feature film ‘HELP!’.

A scene in the film shows Dani standing on his head as John Lennon asks him ‘Doesn’t the blood rush to your head?’ In another scene he can be seen lying on a bed of nails as Ringo Starr approaches him to ask if he knows anything about the ring that he is wearing. The scenes were included during the Rajahama Indian restaurant sequences which were filmed at Twickenham film studios on 5th and 6th of April 1965.

The page on which The Beatles have signed measures 11.6cm x 9.9cm (4.5 inches x 3.9 inches). The condition is near mint.

Provenance: the autographs come with a letter from Dani’s son, Errol, that reads as follows:
‘My father, Dani Almond, born in India in 1930 and came to England in 1956. He was employed by British Rail. However, he had a parallel career as a fakir and stunt man. He began appearing at various functions and concerts around Britain but what propelled him to fame was an appearance on the TV programme ‘How’. He was employed at Twickenham Film Studios and as a result he obtained a part in The Beatles film ‘Help’ as an Indian fakir. His primary role in the film was to authenticate the ring that Ringo was wearing. Dani can famously be seen in ‘Help’ standing on his head and then laying on a bed of nails.
During the making of the film, he asked The Beatles for their autographs’.
The autographs are accompanied of three modern photographs of Dani which were taken during the filming.

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