|The famous Marlboro Man|
The ad, shown below, had an obviously low-production value and was an impromptu effort filmed aboard a tour flight.
But at the height of their popularity, anything touched by the Beatles would sell so Philip Morris apparently lived with the reality that the Beatles wouldn't stoop to sit down in a studio and shoot a serious ad.
|The Beatles were smokin' in the mid-60s|
Ironically, George Harrison blamed his death on his heavy smoking of earlier years and in 2003, U.S. politically correct poster makers, airbrushed the famous cigarette out of Paul McCartney's hand in the Abbey Road poster. This brought down the ire of Apple Inc. which owns the rights to the photo.
John was a heavy smoker to his dying day -- a death that was in no way affected by tobacco use.
Here is the peculiar Beatles Marlboro ad: