Official Site: Interview: Bill Hargreaves – Former Jawa Scavenger And Galactic Prop Man

Join me as I chat with A New Hope prop master Bill Hargreaves over at StarWars.com.

Propmeister Bill Hargreaves is an Oxford lad now based in Bracknell in Berkshire. In the ’70s, he was an expert in concrete fabrication with his own fencing and gardening firm. In 1977 he met the legendary Harry Lange, who was the art director on The Empire Strikes Back. Lange had worked on spacecraft designs for Wernher von Braun and NASA before getting into film with Stanley Kubrick and 2001: A Space Odyssey. With this entrée, Bill made the hyperspace jump into the film business and created some of the most memorable robots and props in the galaxy. Bill and John “Dak” Morton were among over a dozen Star Wars guests at this summer’s London Film and Comic Con at London’s Olympia. The two caucused again after the event to swap a few insights on Bill’s extraordinary career in props.

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John 'Dak' Morton
John portrayed Dak Ralter, Luke Skywalker’s Gunner during the Battle of Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. When Jeremy Bulloch played an Imperial Officer, he needed someone to cover him as Fett. Morton being similar in height was a body double for two days in costume. He filmed with another unit, the sequence when Fett confronts Darth Vader in the Bespin hallway during Han Solo’s torture – while Bulloch filmed his scenes as the Imperial Officer. Afterwards he left Hollywood and eventually settled in public relations work back in Annapolis.