Empire Strikes Back Director Irvin Kershner Dies Aged 87
I battled my way through the freezing conditions, endured a three hour commute thanks to strike action and spilled coffee on my desk this morning. But I thought the day might improve from there. Sadly after a few minutes of surfing the interweb, I realised that not one, but two movie icons had passed away over the weekend. Bloody Mondays!
The sad death of Leslie Nielsen is making headlines everywhere today, but we are also mourning the loss of Irvin Kershner, director of The Empire Strikes Back (commonly cited as ‘the best of the Star Wars’ movies, for its dark undertones) who has also passed away after a long illness at the age of 87.
Despite the success of Empire.. (which is about to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary), Kershner only stepped behind the camera twice more, taking charge of RoboCop 2 and Sean Connery’s last appearance as James Bond in the ‘unofficial’ 007 flick, Never Say Never Again.
RIP Irvin and thanks for the brilliant memories..