Star Wars
Star Wars

 

Yoda (52 kbytes) - Click to enlarge

Yoda



Yoda (36 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video
Yoda with Video



Adi Gallia (70 kbytes) - Click to enlarge
Adi Gallia



Anakin (ep1) (58 kbytes) - Click to enlarge
Anakin (ep1)



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Bib Fortuna (114 kbytes) - Click to enlarge
Bib Fortuna



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Boss Nass



Captain Panaka (77 kbytes)  - Click to enlarge
Captain Panaka



Chewbacca (94 kbytes) - Click to enlarge
Chewbacca



An Ewok (108 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video
An Ewok with Video



Mike Heynes as  Grand Moff Tarkin (133 kbytes) - Click to enlarge
Mike Heynes as Grand Moff Tarkin



Jabba The Hut (42 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video
Jabba The Hut with Video



Jabba The Hut (46 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video
Jabba The Hut with Video



Lando Calrissian (70 kbytes) - Click to enlarge
Lando Calrissian



David as  Luke Skywalker (54 kbytes) - Click to enlarge
David as Luke Skywalker



Colin Breedon as  OB1 (74 kbytes) - Click to enlarge
Colin Breedon as OB1



Queen Amidala (81 kbytes) - Click to enlarge
Queen Amidala



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Queen Amidala



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Queen Amidala



Natalia as  Queen Amidala (41 kbytes) - Click to enlarge
Natalia as Queen Amidala



Jo as  Queen Amidala (66 kbytes) - Click to enlarge
Jo as Queen Amidala



Munish as  Security Guard (43 kbytes) - Click to enlarge
Munish as Security Guard



Lisa Keatley is down for reconstruction
Lisa Keatley is down for reconstruction



OB1 the Younger (93 kbytes) - Click to enlarge
OB1 the Younger



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Lisa Keatley is down for reconstruction



Boss Nass (84 kbytes) - Click to enlarge/Show video
Boss Nass with Video



Thomas as  Anakin Skywalker (35 kbytes) - Click to enlarge
Thomas as Anakin Skywalker



Matt as  Jar Jar Binks (47 kbytes) - Click to enlarge
Matt as Jar Jar Binks



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Matt as Jar Jar Binks



Lisa Keatley is down for reconstruction
Lisa Keatley is down for reconstruction



Star Wars
George Lucas' series of space adventures aimed at the family. Starting in 1976 with 'A New Hope' (later renamed episode four) and continuing with 'The Empire Strikes Back' (1980), 'Return of the Jedi' (1983), 'The Phantom Menace' (1999) (episode 1), 'Attack of the Clones' (2002) (episode 2) and 'Revenge of the Sith' (2005) (episode 3). The first film released in the series was slightly similar in feel to the Buster Crabbe Flash Gordon Republic cliffhanger serials of 1938, and Buck Rogers. The initial trilogy was reworked using new technology in 1997 to produce higher quality special effects introducing a new generation to Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo.

Luke Skywalker is a kind of virtuous village boy, living with his aunt and uncle on a remote planet. He has yearnings for something better but his loyalties are to his family - before the Empire's Stormtroopers come visiting.

Han Solo is a rough diamond. A streetwise adventurer with all sorts of dealings with all sorts of characters. Solo and Skywalker are an unlikely combination which is why they work well together in the film. It is easy to generate dramatic tension between two such differing characters. If all else fails drama can be created by giving the two characters the same goal. The obvious choice being the female lead.

Princess Leia is a curiosity. She is stroppy and not very useful so it is strange that the two male leads should both be interested in her. It helps the story no end but if considered for a moment it seems implausible. There's no accounting for taste. Cathy Gayle (played by Honor Blackman) and Emma Peel (played by Diana Rigg) from the Sixties 'The Avengers', Romana (played by Lalla Ward) in 'Doctor Who', Lisa Carol Fremont (played by Grace Kelly) in Hitchcock's 'Rear Window' (1954), and even Princess Aura (played by Priscilla Lawson) in the original Flash Gordon (1936), are a few notable ladies from a very long list that are both more feminine and useful to have around than Carrie Fisher's Leia.

Mark Hamill's career has been generally handicapped by his role as Luke Skywalker though he did well in 'Slipstream' (1989) playing a hard bounty hunter. Harrison Ford went on to take the lead in the Indiana Jones trilogy, Blade Runner and a number of other successful films.

Alec Guinness went on to appear in the highly respected 'A Passage To India' (1984) (with Peggy Aschcroft) and 'Kafka' (1991) completing one of the most brilliant careers in film making. Guinness' triumphs include 'Great Expectations' (1946), 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' (1949),  'The Mudlark' (1950), 'The Lavender Hill Mob' (1951), 'The Man In The White Suit' (1951), 'The Card' (1952), 'Father Brown' (1954), 'The Ladykillers' (1955), 'The Prisoner' (1955), 'The Bridge On The River Kwai' (1957), 'The Horse's Mouth' (1958), 'Tunes Of Glory' (1960), 'Lawrence Of Arabia' (1962), 'Doctor Zhivago' (1965), and 'Murder By Death' (1976).
 
 

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