In 1977 A New Hope was the first instalment of the original trilogy of Star Wars films. The story is set in a galaxy which is oppressed by the menacing Galactic Empire. Its freedom is fought for by the struggling Rebel Alliance, led by the heroes and heroines of the film. It was directed by George Lucas and at the time became the highest grossing film in history.
George Lucas employed John Williams after his Oscar-winning score for the Stephen Spielberg film Jaws, in 1975. The Star Wars franchise is estimated to be worth $41.9 billion.
Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra recorded the Star Wars score in just 12 days.