I've been with this thread from the beginning, and nowhere did 2141 ever say anything about this being done without The Beatles blessing. Also, it was not The Beatles OR Dick Lester's choice to make the film in black & white. It was United Artists who decided the budget. Here's a direct quote from Dick Lester: The idea of the film came from the film department of United Artists at the beginning of 1964, and they said they’d only do it if it was cheap and in black and white and if we could get it done by July. They thought The Beatles were going to be a spent force by the end of the summer.” That should put an end to the black & white being an artistic decision nonsense.