Star Wars is a phenomenon that shows no sign of abating. Ever since its introduction with A New Hope in 1977 it has blown audiences away with its fantasy charm, good v evil battles, memorable heroes, sinister villains and, in the lightsabre, the best weapon ever. Even its recent spin-off was a huge smash. So when I saw there was an exhibition entitled Star Wars Identities at the 02 featuring over 200 props, models, costumes and artwork, I just had to go. Tosha Michelle who was in town, came along for the ride.
C-3PO: Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1.
Han Solo: Never tell me the odds.
Anthony Daniels and Harrison Ford in one of cinema’s most loved films, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980). I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens today, so am totally in a Star Wars frame of mind. You can find my favourite quote from the original film here.
Luke Skywalker: She’s rich.
Han Solo: Rich?
Luke Skywalker: Rich, powerful. Listen, if you were to rescue her, the reward would be…
Han Solo: What?
Luke Skywalker: Well, more wealth than you can imagine!
Han Solo: I don’t know, I can imagine quite a bit.
Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford in Star Wars: Episode 4: A New Hope (1977)