beginning scenes of the first Star Wars, and the final scenes
of Revenge of the Sith were both filmed at studio 8 at Elstree
Studio named one its new sound stages "The George Lucas
Stage" in recognition of his work.
Lee was originally offered the role of Grand Moff Tarkin
in Star Wars (1977). He turned it down and the role eventually
went to his good friend Peter Cushing.
Skywalker was originally to be called Luke Skykiller, and
Star Wars was nearly The Star Wars.
stunt double performed the stunts and lightsaber fights
for Christopher Lee in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of
the Clones (2002). Lee's face was imposed on the double's
body. Lee mentioned that in the last 40 years he has done
more sword fights than any other actor, but "not any
6 feet 5 inches, Christopher Lee is entered into The Guinness
Book of World Records as "The Tallest Leading Actor".
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preparation for the general release of Star Wars Episode III:
Revenge of the Sith, Leicester Square saw the marathon screenings
of all six Star Wars films back-to-back.
those fans who took part in the epic sixteen and a half hour intergalactic
journey, there was much more than just the films on offer throughout
Legions of Stormtroopers led by Darth Vader, the Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra performing the score from a large stage, and writer and
director George Lucas, where all in Leicester Square.
In his introduction speech Lucas described London as 'the home of
But why is there such a strong link between the capital and Star
Wars - the biggest cinema phenomena of all time?
I A New Hope was shot at Elstree and Borehamwood studios during
George Lucas was so impressed with the facilities that he returned
to shoot the sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return
of The Jedi.
The majority of filming for the prequels was done
in Sydney but the final scenes of Revenge of the Sith were
shot at studio 8 at Elstree Studios.
McCallum, producer of Revenge of the Sith told the Borehamwood and
Elstree Times: "We could have shot anywhere in the world, but
Elstree's our home, even when we're not shooting here, we have a
production office there."
was started in 1914 by Percy Nash and John East, who decided that
the location was close to London but far enough away to escape the
Despite several owners and a few rough patches, the studio thrived
through the 50s, 60s and 70s attracting big name directors including
Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Jim Henson, and of course George
the big names came big investment and a huge 30,000 square foot
silent sound stage was built, the largest of its kind in Europe,
and the set for Indiana Jones Trilogy amongst others.
later years the films started to dry up. In 1996 facing financial
difficulties and the threat of closure looming, the studio was bought
by Hertsmere Borough Council.
The facilities were renovated, and leased to a separate company
to run ensuring the continuation of film making at Elstree.
In 2001 the Studio named one its new sound stages "The George
Lucas Stage" in recognition of his work.
Harrison works at Elstree Props, as did his Father. He remembers
working at Elstree in 1976 as a sixteen year-old during the making
of Star Wars.
was born in Borehamwood, and lived in a house that backs on to the
studios. My Father, Norman, ran an engineering company called Norank
Eng Co Ltd, and he used to make lots of things for the set made
from metal - C3PO's arms, bits of R2D2, Luke Skywalker's Light Saber
for Return of the Jedi.
"We used to play around the sets, and once dressed up in Chewbacca's
suit - They needed it back for a scene, so they had to come and
working as a Saturday Boy at the studios with his Father in the
1970s Paul Harrison has now progressed to Manager.
there are the cast members. Londoner, and veteran actor Christopher
Lee reprises the role of Count Dooku in Episode III: Revenge
of the Sith.
Lee, hails from Belgravia, and as of January 2005, had appeared
in 223 films, including two of the Star Wars episodes.
no question about that. The scale of imagination and the scale of
production and the impact that it had on the entire world was a
"It created an impact in the cinema that was unique. This particular
series of film will be a mythic saga on a vast scale." (Starwars.com)
of Star Wars most famous London stars was the late Sir Alec Guinness,
who played Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi in the first three films.
Alec Guinness de Cuffe was born in Marylebone to mother Agnes on
April 2nd 1914.
Guinness never knew his bank director father he provided schooling
for his son until he started out in the workplace.
Guinness spent his wages on trips to the theatre and acting lessons
at the Fay Compton School of Acting.
lessons paid off and Guinness was judged to be a winning pupil by
a career spanning more than 60 years his roles ranged from Shakespeare
to Ealing comedies.
1977 Guinness took on the Star Wars role of Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi that
he would carry on with over three movies and six years. and
He shrewdly took a percentage of the fims' profits and made a fortune
Although a legend Guinness claimed his best performances were not
in his films "I gave my best performances during the war -
trying to be an officer and a gentleman."
III: The Revenge of the Sith opens at cinemas on Thursday the 19th
of May 2005.
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i love starwars even though im a girl i have all the episodes and love watching them please could hayden christensen write back to me
i love starwars it is the best film made
HI! I was there too! I loved McCallum's speech! I tried to shake his hand but the weedy cinema worker hit me!
Make an episode 7 where han solo and princess leia have a baby boy and he is the last jedi ever
last one as good as the first film, dont stop now
Thank you George Lucas, MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU
tank you George Lucas for make ...:::SW:::...
If it ain't Woody Allen or some bizarre french film with kerazzy symbolism, I'm not interested. The reviewer? Pah!
Greeting from Bombay to my London freind like to know what is this film "screaming Blue Murder" from Elstree also?
I thought that the literary style used in the above article was trully outstanding! A fantastic read. Very informative
FANTASTIC KEEP MAKING MORE FILMS!
Looking forward to it even more now I've read your glowing review... are there any pickernic baskets in it?