James Marquand: Life Growing Up In The Jedi’s Glow

Welcome to the world of James Marquand, whose father Richard directed Return of the Jedi, and died just four years after it’s release.

Thirty-five years on, the force is still strong in the son of the Cardiff-born film-maker.

And he has some very special memories of Jabba the Hutt’s palace – and, of course, Princess Leia.

“It was obviously a pretty amazing thing,” recalled James, who lives in Cheshire.

“I remember being younger and watching the first Star Wars film. To then get the call from my dad that he was doing the third one – yeah – it was pretty unbelievable.”

If it was unbelievable then, it became even more surreal when he was invited to spend time on the film set – when scenes about the galactic crime lord Jabba the Hutt were being filmed.

“One of my first special memories was walking on to the gates of Jabba’s palace, you know, which is a famous scene where (robots) R2-D2 and C-3PO turn up and kind-of try to get in.

Read the full article here, and thanks to Paul Bateman who alerted us to this story on the BBC.