We got in on that second occasion and my memories of the showing are a little hazy now but I do remember watching the Star Destroyer come over us in the opening minutes and thinking "Wow!". I fell in love with Star Wars and cinema that day, a love I'm pleased to say is still going strong.
|A poster from Look-In magazine, from issue 11, w/e 11th March 1978|
|card 11, Topps series 1 - What were Jawas and what had they done with R2-D2?|
Look-In magazine and they put Star Wars on the cover for their last issue of 1977, having mentioned it several times beforehand. In the issue published w/e 11th March 1978, Star Wars had the cover again (with a free gift of 2 Letraset transfer sets) and Harrison Ford was interviewed. In February 1978, Marvel Comics launched Star Wars weekly (the US had seen it in 1977), with C-3PO appearing in TV ads to promote it (priced 10p and including a free cardboard X-Wing fighter!). Marvel also published the Official Collectors Edition (apparently only in the UK) which tied Star Wars in with Hollywood's past, had some decent behind-the-scenes material and also recapped the story. Lavishly illustrated, I thought it was a great publication (and still have my copy in my collection).
|The original 12 figures in the Palitoy/Kenner series|
2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, which was released in the US on 25th May though it didn't hit the UK until 29th January 1978 (following a 27th December release in London). I was lucky enough to see it in early 1978 and it remains my favourite film to this day.
To mark the anniversary, I'll be running a year-long blog thread about the film with new entries posted on the first Monday of each month.
May The Force Be With You!