Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bounty Hunter IG-88 in Blake's 7

Watching the Blake's 7 episode 'Dawn of the Gods' the other day I noticed in a pile of scrap that Villa was looking through the head of IG-88, one of the Bounty Hunters from The Empire Strikes Back. The prop was originally seen in the cantina in Star Wars behind the bar, and was made from a Derwent Flame-tube from an aircraft engine.
An IG-88 body can also be seen on Bespin in the scene where Chewbacca is recovering the parts of C-3PO from the Ugnaughts in The Empire Strikes Back.
In the first series of Blake's 7, the control panel of the spaceship The London was salvaged from Scaramanga's laser gun from the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun and was amongst many props that the BBC did buy from Pinewood studios, so there's a fair chance that the Blake's 7 prop could have come from the cantina set when scrapped if the BBC did a similar deal with either Elstree or Shepperton Studios. I remember reading an interview in which the BBC guys would go through the skips at the studios were Space 1999 was being shot looking for stuff they could salvage for the likes of Doctor Who.

7 comments:

Gordon Fraser said...

Cool! Good to see Niels' dad getting some moonlighting in!...Hate to be a nerd but was IG-88 in the cantina scene?

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Just his head as part of the cantina equipment !! You can see it in the pic with various pipes leading from it !!

Gordon Fraser said...

I must get a bonus point as technically, that was an IG-** head and not the bounty hunter we all know and love....unless he was stalking his prey and doubling up as a space cappichino maker?

Niel Bushnell said...

Dawn of the Gods was shown early in 1980, (filmed probably late in 79), as was Empire, so there is a good chance this is a pile of Empire junk thrown out of Elstree at that time.

Well spotted Glazy, go to the top of the class!

Fraser Lovatt said...

And yet somehow, you have managed to get married and have children. I am amazed.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Sad isn't it !!?? :)

clauclauclaudia said...

Well spotted! (But it's spelled Vila!)