"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.