Paul McCartney ‘almost run over’ while filming Abbey Road zebra crossing


Her daughter was nearly hit by Paul McCartney while filming at the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing.

Mary McCartney, photographer, filmmaker and daughter of Paul and Linda McCartney, said the incident happened outside Abbey Road Studios while filming her new documentary about the world-famous studio. If these walls could sing.

The Beatles star has been trying to recreate the band’s iconic 1969 album Abbey Road for a new documentary, which airs on Disney+ in the UK.

“A car almost ran him over at a zebra crossing, it was so funny. As we were leaving [the studio]I said: “I will take a picture of you.” [on the crossing]”and he passed, and this car did not stop for him at all,” said the author of the film S magazine.

Fans still frequent the famous junction in St John’s Wood to recreate the Fab Four’s album cover to the dismay of London cabbies and bus drivers.

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The Beatles at the Abbey Road zebra crossing (CREDIT: Disney)

If These Walls Could Sing covers the long history of the studio and includes interviews with McCartney and Ringo Starr, Elton John, Neil Rogers, Noel and Liam Gallagher, Roger Waters, Celeste, George Lucas and more.

talk to NME of the new documentary, Mary McCartney explained that she “grew up at Abbey Road Studios” but didn’t know much about the history.

“Pretty much everything I learned [for the first time]. We didn’t sit down as a family and talk about these Beatles stories,” he explained, adding that his father would give him “tips” and “bits and pieces” about the place that became synonymous with Beatles records.

Sir Paul McCartney and Mary McCartney arrive at the UK premiere of If These Walls Sung at Abbey Road Studios on December 12, 2022 in London, England.  (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)
Sir Paul McCartney and Mary McCartney arrive at the UK premiere of If These Walls Could Sing at Abbey Road Studios on December 12, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)

He went on to say that McCartney was initially reluctant to direct the documentary because of his surname. “Because of my last name, I’ve almost avoided doing a project because sometimes I can overthink it and be like, ‘This is too close,’ and ‘You should be independent,'” he explained.

Paul McCartney was instrumental in contributing background information for the film, his daughter recalls, including “[how] The character of the place really lends itself to a lot of the music that’s out there.”



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