LOSE YOURSELF IN 1989
LICENCE TO KILL
Timothy Dalton’s second – and final – outing as James Bond is normally remembered for the explosive chase at its finale featuring a string of modified Kenworth trucks, but there’s plenty for classic car twitchers too. The temporarily suspended 007 heads around the fictional Isthmus City in a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II, while drug-pushing villain Franz Sanchez is chauffeured around in a Maserati Biturbo 425. There’s also a fleeting glimpse of what MI6 agents are assigned when in Florida – a Lincoln MkVII, but sadly without any flame-throwers or inbuilt machine guns.
RIDE ON TIME
This four-minute helping of Italian house music spent most of the summer blaring out of the nation’s nightclubs and six weeks at the top of the UK singles chart, making it the year’s best-selling single. But the song was dogged by legal proceedings over its high-pitched refrain – borrowed without permission from Loleatta Holloway’s 1980 hit Love
Sensation – which meant Black Box had to surrender the lion’s share of royalties.
Construction started on the Soviet Union’s first McDonald’s in Moscow’s Puskin Square. It welcomed its first Big Mac-chomping customers the following January, as a symbol of the USSR’s increasingly liberal economic policies.
THE END OF THE DOCTOR
Sylvester McCoy’s final full episode of
Doctor Who – the finale of the threepart Survival storyline – was broadcast on 23 November, exactly 26 years after the Timelord’s first BBC appearance. It’d be another seven years before he finally regenerated into Paul McGann’s Doctor for the 1996 movie, but it was only in 2005 that the show was re-introduced, becoming one of the Beeb’s biggest earners in the process.