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Friday, 8 January 2016

BEHIND THE SCENES: AN OLD SMOOTHIE'S FAREWELL


Billy Dee Williams and Harrison Ford rehearse their farewell scene as Lando and Han on the Rebel Hangar Bay set at Elstree Studios, London, during April 1982. Located within one of the smaller studios at the facility, due to filming availability and prior scheduling arrangements, space here was at a premium- note the X-wing nose cone only and the far studio walls which would be obscured on screen. And, in left background, a lucky child visitor- either a competition winner (of which PALITOY had previously organised a visit-the-set event linked to REVENGE OF THE JEDI during the end of 1981) or the son of a crew member.

Lando's farewell wasn't just to Han- originally he was also seen off by his fellow Star Warriors- a scene that I wish had made it to the final cut.

Our heroes disembark the transport to the Imperial Shuttle.
Chewie says goodbye.
As does Leia.

A serious Luke wishes Lando well.

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