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In pictures: On location with Lucas

Lucasfilm pictures from Making of Star Wars published by Ebury Press

Kent road haulier Giles Instone has told how he played a key role in the making of Star Wars. His firm was asked to drive robot stars and other equipment to Tunisia for filming.

Lucasfilm pictures from Making of Star Wars published by Ebury Press

On the first day of filming, Tunisia suffered its first major rain storm in 50 years, damaging equipment. Later George Lucas suffered hypertension and exhaustion and was told to rest.

Lucasfilm pictures from Making of Star Wars published by Ebury Press

Mr Instone, who came from Tunbridge Wells, said the robots constantly broke down in Tunisia as the Star Wars technicians tried to push them beyond their capabilities.

Lucasfilm pictures from Making of Star Wars published by Ebury Press

Delays during the filming of Star Wars meant the movie was released in May 1977 and not Christmas 1976 as planned.

Lucasfilm pictures from Making of Star Wars published by Ebury Press

Anthony Daniels who played C-3PO had to spend long hours in costume in the blistering Tunisian desert conditions.

Lucasfilm pictures from Making of Star Wars published by Ebury Press

Some locals were drafted in to play the dozens of stormtroopers that the production - the first of the six Star Wars films to be made - required.

Lucasfilm pictures from Making of Star Wars published by Ebury Press

Giles Instone's trucks took all the droids and other props including Luke Skywalker's house to North Africa.

Lucasfilm pictures from Making of Star Wars published by Ebury Press

He described Sir Alec Guinness on location as someone who would "sit benignly in his Jedi robes" reading his lines.



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