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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

ROGUE ONE: REBEL MOVER!


Rebellion corvette vessel five speeds alongside the recently crippled Star Destroyer orbiting above Scarif, ready to initiate a bold plan for Admiral Raddus, in a memorable moment from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

EPISODE VII: THE SHIELDS OF STARKILLER!


The Stormtroopers inside deflector shield control have been taken out by our heroes, now the captured Captain Phasma must shut Starkiller Base's protection down once and for all, in this deleted scene moment from The Force Awakens.

Monday, 12 November 2018

GOODBYE, STAN LEE...


Very sad to hear the news of the passing of the great comics creative genius, legend, showman and all-round nice guy Stan Lee- the man who gave us so many memorable heroes and villains to discover and enjoy within his MARVEL publishing empire, and whom importantly made worldwide kids of all ages (and those successors-to-be talents in his company) read and indulge in fantasy and adventure, whilst also giving us some very cleverly hidden morality tales to think about within his stories.

One of the classic MARVEL comic adaptation tie-ins to the original Star Wars

And, of course, he was the man who launched the original Star Wars saga into comic book form in the US. As many of the fantasy and sci-fi titles MARVEL had released at that time in the early seventies hadn't always performed so well, Lee wasn't at first apparently willing to do a tie-in comics adaptation of the upcoming space movie then in production in the UK. But the acclaimed Roy Thomas, then working for his comic empire with the likes of the popular Conan the Barbarian, managed to persuade him, helped along by the film's casting news of Sir Alec Guinness in a lead role. Lee had always liked and admired Guinness work and, because of that casting, took a chance. A chance that paid off nicely, launched a sell-out first issue and a glorious original reign for the title for nearly ten years.

http://www.comicbookschool.com/marvel-star-wars-1977/

At the 2015 Emerald Comic Con, Lee was presented with a superb piece of new MARVEL Star Wars art.

Thank you, Stan Lee. Your work in storytelling and entertainment work will live forever! Excelsior!

CLASSIC IMAGE: DROID PURSUIT!


In his wheel bike, General Grievous proves more slippery to catch than ever, as Obi-Wan, astride the noble Boga, pursues the droid general through the depths of curving Utapau's road system. Another memorable action moment from EPISODE III.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

CLASSIC IMAGE: A HEAVY AMONG HEROES!


The long-lasting US magazine has had its fair share of powerful and beautiful people gracing its covers over the years, but who'll ever forget the headliner that was Jabba the Hutt itself. A great issue celebrating the then 1983 release of Return of the Jedi, as well as other icon cinematic favourites from that memorable year.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

CLASSIC INDY: THE DOUBLE, DOUBLE, DOUBLE CROSS!


Inside their unique sanctuary kingdom (kudos to some marvellous production design from Guy Hendrix Dyas) the treasure of the alien Crystal Skull historians has been revealed, and now a debt-ridden Mac is determined to reap the to-be-plundered rewards to the fullest, once more betraying his old friend Indy to the Russians in the process. It's the near finale to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. and those power-in-unison guardians are soon in no mood for intruders!

Friday, 9 November 2018

CLASSIC IMAGE: TO QUELL A NIGHTMARE!


Once more troubled by nightmare Force visions and cries for help from his mother on Tatooine, Anakin Skywalker knows that he must go to her aid, even if it complicates his continued duties as Senator Amidala's protector. A scene filmed at the beautiful location of Lake Como, Italy in 2000, for EPISODE II.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

CLASSIC IMAGE: THE BEST OF (FR)ENEMIES!


Sometimes friends, sometimes rivals. Even, on a few sometimes, enemies. The distinct and unique relationship between smuggler Han Solo and businessman/entrepreneur and 'old smoothie' Lando Calrissian has never been more fascinating since their 'history' was introduced and alluded to during the last act of The Empire Strikes Back Back in 1979, developed with roguish onscreen embellishment thanks to the excellent performances of Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams. We recently had the origin of their legendary first encounter notably brought to life so marvellously in Solo: A Star Wars Story, too, followed by lots of galaxy-hopping adventures, exchanging verbal fireworks and often discharging blasters at common foes, in the original Expanded Universe.


The latest official novel tie-in adventure for the pairing, set between the numerous timelines pre and post Classic Trilogy, debuts this month in Arrow UK paperback- bestselling author Daniel Jose Older's acclaimed Last Shot- A Han and Lando Novel, involving a speedy quest for a droid controlling technological artifact linked to their past (with an important connection to Solo: A Star Wars Story) which, if landed in the wrong hands, could be put to use across the galaxy with terrifying and murderous intent.

Check out AFICIONADO's hardback release review here:

https://starwarsaficionado.blogspot.com/2018/05/aficionado-review-last-shot.html

Get the book here:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Shot-Star-Wars-Lando/dp/0525622144/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1538666043&sr=8-2&keywords=STAR+WARS+LAST+SHOT


Wednesday, 7 November 2018

BEHIND THE SCENES: MASTERING THE 'SABER CRAFT!


Seemingly unphazed by recent bad weather disrupting the shooting schedule, George Lucas goes through a moment of Liam Neeson's upcoming lightsaber duel with Ray Park's Darth Maul, on location in Tunisia for EPISODE I in 1997.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

CLASSIC IMAGE: FIGHTING COURAGE!


Han Solo's beloved craft and his targeting skills are ferociously tested to the fullest by the Death Star's attacking TIE fighter sentry ships, during one of the Classic Trilogy's most exciting sequences, and still one of the best edited scenes of any film ever.

According to Mark Hamill, Han's classic line to Luke: "Great kid. Don't get cocky!" was ad-libbed by Ford.