Anthony Daniels occupies a unique place in cinematic history. Not only has he had a speaking role all six of the Star Wars movies but he got the first line in the first movie and the final word in the last.
"I didn't realise I had the last line of this movie because scripts change," says the slim, now silver haired actor more familiar to fans as fussy protocol droid C-3PO.
"I had the first line of the first movie which was (he lapses into the golden droid's familiar twittering tones) 'Did you hear that, they've shut down the main reactor. We're doomed. There'll be no escape for the princess this time.'
"I didn't really know what I was talking about. I had never been in a film before and I thought 'this is weird'.
And the last line? " ' Oh no ' - not very Shakespearean."
Anthony's own distaste for the sci fi genre (he demanded his money back after seeing 2001- A Space Odyssey) meant he nearly turned down the role.
"I didn't want to meet George Lucas because I didn't want to play a robot in a low budget sci-fi movie.
"Can you imagine how I would have felt today, stacking shelves in a supermarket and going 'I could have been in that movie'."
He reconsidered after admiring some of the conceptual art work for the film. But as a jobbing actor it was still 'just a 12 week gig'
"Then it was the cover of New Week that blasted the whole thing open saying this was the best thing ever. Star Wars had opened with no publicity. It was just audiences going in and coming out screaming about it."
Anthony had something of a love-hate relationship with his costume which, like Chewbacca's and R2D2's, wasn't built for comfort.
"The costume was made to a mould of my body but in the manufacturing process it kind of shrank. It took two hours and six props guys squeezing, pushing and screwing to get me in there.
"I finally stepped out of the tent in front of the whole crew American, English and the Tunisian helpers (Tunisia stood in for the desert-like planet Tatooine).
"The Americans went 'Gosh. That's incredible!' The English were 'Quite interesting' and the Tunisians all thought I was the second coming.
"Then the assistant director said 'can you come over to the set'. I took one step in the costume, it broke and nearly cut my foot off."
Apart from from the difficulties of dress Anthony found that, as R2D2's conversational whistles and beeps were added later, for the most part he was talking to himself.
"It is kind of hard to do a performance with actors who don't respond. I tried to get George to go beep at the end of a line because it was a bit difficult on my own
"He said, 'Oh, sure'. So we did the scene again. 'Where are you going? ( looong pause) ' Oh. Uh...beep'."