"JABBA RULED WITH FEAR. I INTEND TO RULE WITH RESPECT."

"JABBA RULED WITH FEAR. I INTEND TO RULE WITH RESPECT."
'THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT' - NOW AIRING EXCLUSIVELY ON DISNEY+

Sunday, 16 January 2022

CLASSIC IMAGE: A VISIT TO THE EMPEROR!


The final movie of the Classic Trilogy boasted many superb original sets created by UK production designer Norman Reynolds, but the atmospheric and dripping with technologically evil Throne Room on the Death Star II was one of the finest, so vast in scope. Built on two levels, with an additional third underlayer that would lead into the space station's core, the setting proved perfect for the later intense lightsaber duelling between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. 

Seen in this full-length shot is the elevator centre, of which Vader, in an earlier scene, makes an unexpected visit to see The Emperor regarding an important family matter. The shadowy galactic leader is protected by two impressive and highly trained crimson-robed royal guards (one played by Quentin Pierre, who previously appeared as a Bespin Guard in The Empire Strikes Back).

Thursday, 13 January 2022

CELEBRATING TWENTY YEARS OF 'ATTACK OF THE CLONES'!


Intrigue, mystery, a building manipulative conspiracy from a dark force, the beginnings of an ultimately tragic and disturbing relationship between a former Queen and a young Jedi all too ready to bend the rules to his own advantage, all fused with the detonation of a universe shattering war, are the key elements to the important second film in George Lucas's prequel opus, Attack of the Clones, whose main characters are featured in this super art for the Japanese edition of R. A. Salvatore's novelisation from 2002, and a piece that was ultimately far better than anything released for the book covers of the US and Europe versions.

The Twentieth Anniversary celebrations of this sequel adventure begin on STAR WARS AFICIONADO...

Monday, 10 January 2022

CLASSIC IMAGE: BACK TO BICKERING!


They're the best of friends, despite their constant squabbling- cinema and science fiction's friendliest onscreen robots, C-3PO and R2-D2 return for The Empire Strikes Back.

In the film's post production phase, George Lucas takes the first eight minutes of the film and apparently cuts out half the film's early footage, of which Artoo and Threepio’s bickering scene from the Rebel base corridor into the main hangar would be one of the first trimming casualties. When Anthony Daniels asks editor Paul Hirsch why it was trimmed, having been happy with the performance, Hirsch replies: “It’s the first time we see you in the movie. That angry-where do you go from there?”

Saturday, 8 January 2022

CLASSIC ART: EPISODE I - THE STORY SO FAR...


Great scene-setting work from UK artist Steve McGary for the Sunday People magazine supplement of April 18th, 1999, who, recognising potentially strong sales, devoted a whole issue to EPISODE I, previewing an eagerly-awaited film and its story/characters that wouldn't be released in the territory until July of that year.

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

'STAR WARS' AT 45: WELCOME TO JAPAN!


They may have have been the last worldwide territory to screen the film back in January 1978, but the Japanese were more than ready and excited for the original Star Wars, as seen in this lively action-packed poster which has a delightful, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-in-it feel in promoting the adventure's key characters (including the silver Rebel Blockade Runner protocol droid, no less!) and special effects.

Monday, 3 January 2022

NEW YEAR, OLD FAVOURITES!


More enjoyed and discussed than ever, the original six-film George Lucas-created character era of the Star Wars galaxy (1977 - 2005) thrives in this great poster art from a few years back by popular US genre veteran, Matt Busch.

Saturday, 25 December 2021

'MERRY CHRISTMAS!' (2021)

 


The Christmas Holidays mixed with the original Star Wars saga characters always make for a successful combination - an earliest success being with Artoo and Threepio getting into the holiday spirit with none other than Santa Claus himself, as seen in this great art by Ralph McQuarrie for the memorable Christmas in the Stars - The Original Star Wars Christmas Album, first released by Meco/RSO records sometime in November, 1980.


STAR WARS AFICIONADO wishes all its worldwide readers a safe, happy and very MERRY CHRISTMAS and 2022! 

Friday, 24 December 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: ENDING THE CELEBRATION!

Another striking production painting from Ralph McQuarrie, of our heroes bidding farewell to the Falcon.

It's certainly been a busy, epic year and a half in the making, but we hope you've enjoyed STAR WARS AFICIONADO's truly exhaustive Fortieth Anniversary coverage of a very special film: The Empire Strikes Back.

Thumbnails work for the production painting.

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: INTO THE STARS!


Flanked by escort fighters. the Medical Frigate and the rest of the small Rebel fleet heads off into the stars, as new destinies await our heroes for the May 1980 title announced Episode VI: Revenge of the Jedi...

The long shot of the cast looking out into space as the Frigate turns away from camera was filmed at Elstree Studios and rear projected onto a window of the ILM built model ship in post production. UK effects director Brian Johnson would do similar shots with the pilots housed in their Eagle craft for the hit TV series, Space:1999.


Joe Johnston storyboard for an ILM revised effects shot from March 1980, handled all too close to the film's release.

Thursday, 23 December 2021

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 40: MAY THE FORCE BE WITH THEM....

Goodbye for now...

"I'm really excited about it because I think 'Empire' is better than 'Star Wars', People assume that I'm paid to say that. But what I mean is not so much better, but the story is so justifiable. I can't wait for the audience to be the jury on 'Empire' because, as before, it doesn't matter what the critics say, It's the people who go and see it. It's a perfect summer movie. I'm really excited about it. I can't wait to get onto the next one. It's a lot of fun."

Mark Hamill - Questor magazine - 1980

"First of all, I want to know what happens next and secondly, I think it's all getting more interesting. Now the STORY is emerging and people's perceptions about the characters will have to change. Like Ben Kenobi being the symbol of purity and righteousness. Well, in Empire, if he wasn't lying, he at least wasn't being 100% truthful, and I think all that is interesting. Whether audiences will agree I don't know yet. I think it's a gamble, because people may be expecting the same kind of phenomenon that he had with the first one. The kids went back to Star Wars again and again, because it always delivered that same feeling of exultation - it was very triumphant and very optimistic – but Empire is really downbeat and it raises so many questions and worries. But I think it's great we're taking this gamble…"

Mark Hamill - Starburst Magazine - 1980

“'Star Wars' was basically a “let’s get Darth Vader” storyline, all action and little dialogue. The Empire has romance, minor tragedies and characters working more off each other. Sure, it’s a fairy tale, just like the first, but it has an additional dimension.” 

Carrie Fisher - TIME magazine, May 19th, 1980

“I figure that there were at least $11 worth of entertainment in EMPIRE. So if you paid four bucks and didn’t get an ending, you’re still seven dollars ahead of the game."

Harrison Ford - The Making of Return of the Jedi book - 1982