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Mark O’Connell has some ’80s reminiscing fun chatting WATCHING SKIES, STAR WARS, He-Man, SUPERMAN lunchboxes and much more with BBC RADIO LONDON’s Jason Rosam…

 

 

 

“There’s never been a more perfect storm in pop culture, and O’Connell encapsulates this beautifully in a book that is a love letter to the era, and a reminder of just how lucky we were to have lived through it…

 

 

“It’s a wonderful rallying point for the Star Wars generation, a book dripping with nostalgia for a genuine golden age of movies. And Superman IV.” – SFX

 

 

 

 

“O’Connell brings readers to a prequel… a prelude of enviable and commendable prose typifying the importance the films of Lucas and Spielberg held on a generation… Watching Skies is another love letter to the cinema of the Seventies/Eighties, written with O’Connell’s excellent command of the English language. He writes with wit and repartee, even managing to connect Bond to Superman through the means of another writer, Tom Mankiewicz.”

 

FILM ’89 talks to Mark O’Connell and chats STAR WARS, WATCHING SKIES, losing Luke Skywalker on holiday, favourite movie trilogies, why the ’80s nostalgia is so prevalent, wish-list movie locations, favourite Spielberg movies, watching FLASH GORDON in a redwoods gay bar and what is the best STAR WARS movie…

 

 

“We rather liked Mark O’Connell’s Bond-fan memoir Catching Bullets. Watching Skies does much the same for the likes of Star Wars, Close Encounters and E.T. reminiscing about toys, videos, sticker album swaps and so on. ” – SFX

 

 

 

STAR WARS JUNK’s Darin talks to Mark O’Connell about Kenner kids vs Palitoy kids, the plastic fantastic memories of our childhoods, 80s toy stores, vintage lunchboxes, and 80s movie memories …

 

 

 

WATCHING SKIES’ Mark O’Connell talks to the BBC’s Danny Pike about all things STAR WARS, old movie theatres, our childhoods of Spielberg and Lucas, and whether these vital classics hold up for today’s audiences…
(2 hours and 39 mins in)

 

 

“Mark O’Connell – whose first book, Catching Bullets, described his life as a James Bond superfan – revisits the other films and stories that so obsessed him during his childhood… tracing their impact not just on himself but on a whole generation of space-lovers and cinema-goers”  – RADIO TIMES

 

 

INDY CAST’s Chris Allan talks  Indiana Jones, RAIDERS OF THE LOST VHS, Steven Spielberg, 1980s the best Indy movie, why CRYSTAL SKULL is okay, remembers lost poster designer Richard Amsel and ponders the possible story future for 2020’s INDIANA JONES V…
(20 mins in)