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David Picker, studio chief who brought James Bond and the Beatles to the theater, dies at 87

He was the first to guide an X-rated film to the top of the Oscar heap, introduced the Beatles to Hollywood with "Hard Day's Night" and "Help!" and convinced a reluctant Ian Fleming that, yes, James Bond might fare pretty well as a cinematic character.

A third-generation movie man, David V. Picker was a studio chief at United Artists, Columbia and Paramount in a prestigious run of box-office

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