by: Jay Carlson
The Star Wars: Episode VII set has been filthy with James Bonds of late. First, there was the story about Daniel Craig possibly shooting something for J.J. while visiting the set (he’s set to start shooting the new Bond film with Sam Mendes at Pinewood Studios soon). Now we have confirmation that another Bond, Roger Moore, visited J.J.’s Star Wars set.
Moore said the following, regarding his visit to the Star Wars set, in an interview with Graham Norton at BBC Radio (starting around 1:48:50):
Roger Moore: …Anyway, the day before last, I know we stopped by the office, and I went up to see – on a very closed, secret set – my friend J. J. Abrams, who is directing Star Wars.
BBC: Ooh, wow!
Moore: …With Harrison Ford.
BBC: So, what were they filming that day? Can you tell me?
Moore: Well, yes! They were filming something with a lot of mountains and snow.
It sounds as though they’ve built a studio set for some scenes to match the Forest of Dean location in England, where the cast & crew shot over the summer and left some gear behind. We heard at the time that the lush green forest would be altered in the film to reflect a snowy landscape. We believe that this is the setting in which we’ll see the new scout/snowtrooper hybrid in action. Everything we’ve heard about the location feeds right into our favorite piece of production art that we’ve seen from the film:
As exciting as pictures of a real-life Falcon constructed at full scale have been, seeing it in a story context hovering over a lightsaber battle in a forest is magical – even just in illustration. The tall, slender figure is instantly reminiscent of Vader, though it could easily represent the new hooded cyborg or Lupita Nyong’o’s rumored sith villain. Dare we hope that it’s Luke wielding the green saber? The person in the foreground taking aim at the confrontation would either be a good guy or a bounty hunter by every Star Wars metric – lots of texture in the costuming, rag tag gear strapped on everywhere, and operating alone (or with one friend, who appears to be busy) rather than as part of a larger force.