In early June 1967, the latest James Bond film premiered in Scranton – Casino Royale. This film took a different take on the spy franchisee, it was a comedy starring David Niven, Woody Allen, Peter Sellers, Orson Welles and Ursula Andress. The film, maybe forgotten by some, the soundtrack was a hit thanks to Burt Bacharach. He composed the soundtrack which included the hits – “The Look of Love” performed by Dusty Springfield and the theme song “Casino Royale” performed by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. The theme song went to number two on the Billboard’s Easy Listening chart and to number 27 on the Billboard Top 100. “The Look of Love” would be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.
With the local premiere, Mello-Dee Disc Shop at 302 Spruce Street, was promoting the soundtrack. An ad from the album appeared in the Sunday Times on June 4, 1967. Three days later on June 7, the Mello-Dee Disc Shop was destroyed by fire. The fire started shortly before 3pm that Wednesday. A passerby noticed the fire and alerted the Scranton Fire Department. By the time the fire department arrived flames were shooting out of the front of the business.
The manager of the record shop, Anthony Lemmo, was not in the store at the time of the fire. He told authorities he was having a cup of coffee across the street at the time. The cause of the fire was marked as undetermined. The blaze caused damage to neighboring businesses – Altier’s Jewelry Shop, Pittle’s Men’s & Boy’s Wear, Nealon’s Cigar Store, Times Barber Shop and Chum’s Cafe.
Lemmo would reopen the record shop. The shop and it’s manager would be back in the news in 1971. Starting in November of that year and continuing to March 1, 1972, Lemmo was cited 6 times by Scranton Police with disorderly conduct following complaints of loud music coming from his shop by area businesses and residents of Spruce Street.
Casino Royale trailer –
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