The Honorary Consul

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Paul McCartney's Theme From The Honorary Consul 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1983

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

The Honorary Consul, also known as Beyond the Limit, is a 1983 British-Mexican drama film directed by John Mackenzie and starring Michael Caine, Richard Gere, Bob Hoskins, and Elpidia Carrillo. It is based on the novel The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene.

Set in a small politically unstable Latin American country, the story follows the half-English, half-Latin doctor, Eduardo Plarr (Richard Gere), who left his home to find a better life. Along the way he meets an array of people, including the British Consul Charley Fortnum (Michael Caine), a representative in Latin America who is trying to keep a revolution from occurring, who is also a remorseful alcoholic. Another person the doctor meets is Clara (Elpidia Carrillo), whom he immediately desires, but there is a problem: Clara is Charley’s wife.

From The Beatles Monthly Book, N°94, February 1984:

Guitarist John Williams’ version of Paul McCartney’s instrumental title music for the movie “The Honorary Consul” was officially released as a 7” single in a picture bag by Island Records (IS 155) on December 19th. (Our use of the phrase ‘officially released’ is quite deliberate: at the time of this issue going to press in mid-January the disc had yet to arrive at radio stations or record stores). The record is entitled, predictably enough, ‘‘Paul McCartney’s Theme From The Honorary Consul” (a lot of thought went into that one!), and Paul’s involvement with the picture stems from his friendship with John McKenzie, the director of the film who, as you may remember, also directed Paul’s excellent promo video for “Take It Away” in June 1982. […]

Mark Lewisohn

Last updated on May 1, 2020

Officially appears on

Paul McCartney's Theme From The Honorary Consul

7" Single • Released in 1983

3:45 • Studio version

Performed by :
John Williams
Stanley Myers :
Richard Harvey :


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.17

Unofficial album

2:33 • Studio version

MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.17

Unofficial album

2:55 • Studio version

MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.17

Unofficial album

2:55 • Studio version

Alone Together Vol.1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

2:58 • Studio version • Take 1

Alone Together Vol.1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

2:58 • Studio version • Take 2

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

Going further

Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989

With 25 albums of pop music, 5 of classical – a total of around 500 songs – released over the course of more than half a century, Paul McCartney's career, on his own and with Wings, boasts an incredible catalogue that's always striving to free itself from the shadow of The Beatles. The stories behind the songs, demos and studio recordings, unreleased tracks, recording dates, musicians, live performances and tours, covers, events: Music Is Ideas Volume 1 traces McCartney's post-Beatles output from 1970 to 1989 in the form of 346 song sheets, filled with details of the recordings and stories behind the sessions. Accompanied by photos, and drawing on interviews and contemporary reviews, this reference book draws the portrait of a musical craftsman who has elevated popular song to an art-form.

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