See you later, alligator

Posted on April 13, 2013

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James Bond leaves the room in Shrublands after snogging Ms Pat Fearing, in “Thunderball“.
“See you later”, he says and after shutting the the door he finishes the catchphrase with “alligator.”
So it seems. Thanks to one of our readers (see commen section below) we rather think that Connery says “Irrigator” as he is looking at the sign above the door saying “Irrigation” (one of Shrublands cleansing treatments, no doubt).
Still, the catchphrase being related to is indeed “See you later, alligator.”

Bill Haley SYLASee you later, alligator” was a known catchphrase already in the 1940’s but is best known from the title of an early Rock & Roll standard. The tune was written and recorded by Cajun Rhythm & Blues artist Bobby Charles in 1955 and he had some success with it. The most famous version of this song was recorded by Bill Haley & his Comets, late in 1955. Bill Haley is one of the nowadays lesser known early Rock & Roll legends. He and his band earned their fame with a movie musical called “Rock around the Clock” released in 1956.
The film and its soundtrack was a huge hit and it has been named as the birth of modern, popular Rock & Roll. “See you later alligator” was one of the tunes featured as a musical number on the film soundtrack. It was Bill Halyes third single and it was released by Decca Records on 1 february 1956.

Apparentley, in Spain this song was covered by a popular group called Parchís, under the title “Hasta luego cocodrilo”.

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