The London Literature Festival ended last night, Sunday October 27th 2019, at the Southbank Centre in London, with an event to support the launch of Anthony Daniel’s new book, I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story.
The packed event started promptly at 7pm when, from the wings, Anthony Daniels introduced BB-8 puppeteer Brian Herring as the droid “we were not looking for” to be the host for the evening. Herring then gave a brief history of his recollection of Star Wars, starting with seeing the film with his father in December 1977 at the age of 7. He brought us up to date with his work on the Star Wars sequels bringing BB-8 to life, and how the film franchise could be seen through the eyes of C-3PO. He then welcomed Daniels to the stage to explain how his book was written.
At one point, Daniels spoke of the work done by the R2 Builders Club on the sequels, and Lee Towersey was asked to stand and take a bow for his work on R2-D2. The 501st, Rebel Legion and Mandalorian Mercs also got a call out.
When speaking about his favourite Star Wars film, Daniels said than A New Hope remained his top choice, although The Rise of Skywalker may eclipse that. He and Herring were both careful to avoid any spoilers regarding the upcoming final film of the Skywalker saga, although Daniels did say “it’s not finished yet” with Herring warning that he was going to get into trouble for that remark. Daniels qualified by saying that director J.J. Abrams would “fiddle with the film until the very last moment”.
By 8pm it was the turn of the audience to ask questions, and both Herring and Daniels made their way into the crowd to search for questions. When asked about the Ewoks, Daniels commented that Warwick Davis, who played Wicket, was not available this evening which is why we had Herring as host. It was all in good nature though and Daniels had us all laughing with his antics as he moved around the auditorium looking for questions.
The pair soon returned to the stage for the conclusion which was the showing of the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Daniels told us we were in for a real treat when we saw the film in December, and reiterated what he said before about the film not being finished as there were likely to be a few surprises even he wasn’t aware of, because the film hadn’t been completed yet.
Daniels then thanked Herring and the audience for attending and the pair left the stage arm-in-arm to a standing ovation. The event finished at 8:30pm.
Those who have seen Daniels live at Star Wars Celebration or other events will have learned little they didn’t already know, although the anecdotes were typically amusing, and Herring had a good rapport with the 73-year-old actor. All in all, it was a fun lighthearted evening of entertainment enjoyed by those who attended.
And just in case you didn’t know…. I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story officially launches from DK Books on 31st October in the UK, and on 5th November in the US, and features a foreword written by J.J. Abrams.