A brief guide to the Star Wars universe: Melas

A potentially controversial character, as his appearance in the 1997 re-edited version of ‘A New Hope’ was at the expense of another character who got edited out!

Melas dresses well, attired in red robes and a turban and loves to smoke his pipe.

Exiled from his home planet, he found his own way in life and took to travelling the galaxy, exploring fascinating new worlds.

Character cool factor: 8

Most likely to: smoke

Least likely to: stay at home

A brief guide to the Star Wars universe: Chachi De Maal

Chachi De Maal

Granted, her name sounds like a delicious Indian side dish, but Chachi is infact another Cantina visitor. On first glance you could be forgiven for wondering if this is a female, but rest assured she is!

With eyes that could seriously freak you out, Chachi makes for a compelling character. Not that much back story to go with her, but we do know that she is a pilot and an engineer. You might need the pause button to catch a proper look at her in the infamous Cantina sequence.

Character cool factor: 7

Most likely to: training other pilots

Least likely to: change her appearance and opt for a nice blonde wig

The next James Bond film title?

What will the new James Bond film be called? Here are some thoughts:

While the casting of the actor to play James Bond in the next film continues to dominate the rumour mill, we shall turn our attention to what the title of the film could be.

There are still some Fleming titles bouncing about that could be used. ‘Risico’ and ‘The Hildebrand Rarity’ were both short stories contained within ‘For Your Eyes Only.’ I am not sure the latter is snappy enough, but ‘Risico’ sounds sufficiently enticing.

Another short story that was published in a Sotheby’s annual was ‘The Property of a Lady.’ Again, this perhaps lacks the punch required for a Bond film title, it’s certainly not got the drama and impact of ‘Skyfall.’

Then there’s ‘007 in New York’ which was published as a short story in the New York Herald Tribune. This could be problematic and restrict Bond to just one location so I can’t see them going for this one!

Novelist John Gardner took over the Fleming mantle and did a pretty decent job of bringing James Bond back to life in written form. I shan’t name all of his novels, but there are certainly a few contenders, ‘Icebreaker,’ ‘Nobody Lives Forever’ and ‘Scorpius’ are some of the stronger titles in this canon.

But of course, it could be none of the above. Producers could surprise us with an unlikely title like ‘James Bond at the Zoo’ or ‘Snofflesnout.’

A brief guide to the Star Wars universe: Danz Borin

Danz Borin

There are background characters and then there are background characters. Danz Borin is so background that virtually no clear pictures exist of him and he is partially obscured by other Cantina aliens in the pictures that do exist.

What we do know of Danz is that he worked as a bounty hunter and wore a spacesuit. He had his eye on Han Solo (not in a romantic way!) but in a using Solo for prize money way.

A potentially fascinating character who could easily have joined the other bounty hunters in The Empire Strikes Back.

Character cool factor: 7

Most likely to: have his helmet on even when drinking

Least likely to: be become more of a fan favourite than Boba Fett

A brief guide to the Star Wars universe: Myo


He’s got his eye on you! Which is just as well as Myo only has one eye. Despite only being seen in a  fleeting shot in the Mos Eisley Cantina, Myo is one of those creatures who intrigues.

His species has a few good things going for it. Namely, the ability to regenerate lost limbs (always handy in an accident) and being able to live for up to three hundred years.

On the downside, the green – skinned face, one eye and white hair is not necessarily a major selling point.

Character cool factor: 7

Most likely to: be rolling his eye

Least likely to: wear a monacle

Han Solo and Greedo – another alternative conversation

Imagine if Han and Greedo’s conversation in Star Wars – A New Hope had played out like this…

Greedo: Going somewhere Solo?

Han: Yes Greedo, as a matter of fact I was just on my way to the mens’.

Greedo: I’ve just come from there myself, it’s been redecorated.

Han: Is that so? Maybe I could get some ideas for when I redecorate the bathroom in the Millennium Falcon.

Greedo: The marble tiles are quite, quite exquisite, Han.

Han: While I like marble, I have always preferred the finish of granite, it gives a more rustic edge.

Greedo: Could I buy you a drink while you’re here?

Han: Ooh yes please. I would love a babycham.

Greedo: Well fancy that! That’s my favourite tipple too. But not to dampen the mood, I’ve been looking forward to killing you for a long time.

Han: Yes I bet you have, but back to bathrooms…

Greedo: Oh yes, I simply must tell you about the chrome taps…


A brief guide to the Star Wars universe: Muftak


One of the most distinctive and memorable creatures from the Mos Eisley Cantina. Muftak could get away with being called cute and cuddly.

But this furry one is not all sweetness and light, he operates as a pickpocket and lurks in abandoned tunnels. That said, he still has a few friends as he sits amidst a group of other potential undesirables in the Cantina.

At a whopping two metres in height, you might want to think carefully before going on a date with him.

Character cool factor: 8

Most likely to: reaching into your bag to nick something

Least likely to: be sitting in the Cantina combing his fur

A brief guide to the Star Wars universe: Lirin Car’n

Lirin Car’n

One of several musicians who forms part of the Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes band. He plays the kloo horn, which is a double-reeded wind instrument.

You could be forgiven for mistaking him for any of the other band members, given they all look the same.

Character cool factor: 6

Most likely to: be playing his instrument to some jazzy number

Least likely to: suddenly launch a solo career and make an album called ‘Solo Kloo Horn Classics’

Tremors 6 is happening!

Tremors set to return for another sequel

I was surprised when they made the 4th Tremors film, although that was of course a prequel. Then came Tremors 5 a few years later, which received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. Just when you thought the franchise might be ten feet under, it is resurfacing with Tremors 6.

The movie is shooting at the moment and once again sees survivalist Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) doing battle with the ghastly graboids. Gummer is the mainstay of the Tremors films, so as long as he stays alive maybe the sequels will keep coming.

Jamie Kennedy who appeared in Tremors 5 is also back for the sequel, so expect more comedy antics and the director of 5 is back on board as well.

The question now is – can the producers make more Tremors films than there are Friday 13ths? That could be stretching it!