Lucas Death Star

Although details, such as the superlaser’s location, shifted between different concept models during production of Star Wars, the notion of the Death Star being a large, spherical space station over 100 kilometers in diameter was consistent in all of them. The Death Star model was created by John Stears. In the image above, George Lucas himself inspected the incomplete Death Star model, which was a mirror image of how it appeared in the finished movie. It’s one of the few models that never leaves the Archives because it is too fragile. Continue reading for more rare behind-the-scenes images from famous movies. Click here for a few bonus images.

12. 2001: A Space Odyssey c.1968

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Director and screenwriter Stanley Kubrick finds his shot on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey at the MGM British Studios in Borehamwood, England. On the left is American actor Keir Dullea in a spacesuit.

11. Planet of the Apes c.1968

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Foam-rubber makeup being applied to actor Maurice Evans.

10. Saving Private Ryan c.1998

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Director Steven Spielberg on the set of the film Saving Private Ryan.

9. Psycho c.1959

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Director Alfred Hitchcock and actor Janet Leigh on the set of Psycho.

8. Jurassic Park c.1993

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From left: actors Sam Neill and Laura Dern pose with director Steven Spielberg on the set of Jurassic Park.

7. Breakfast at Tiffany’s c.1961

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George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn on the set of Breakfast at Tiffany�s, based on the novel by Truman Capote and directed by Blake Edwards.

6. The Shining c.1980

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Actor Jack Nicholson and director Stanley Kubrick on the set of The Shining, based on the novel by Stephen King.

5. Easy Rider c.1969

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Dennis Hopper holds a bottle in his hand as he directs a setup for the film Easy Rider in New Orleans. Actor Peter Fonda stands next to him in sunglasses and motorcycle leathers while a group of extras and onlookers mill about behind them.

4. Top Gun c.1986

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Tom Cruise with director Tony Scott on the set of Top Gun.

3. Hook c.1991

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Julia Roberts and Robin Williams watch daily production footage with director Steven Spielberg on the set of Hook.

2. Mission Impossible c.1996

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Julia Roberts and Robin Williams watch daily production footage with director Steven Spielberg on the set of Hook.

1. Enter the Dragon c.1973

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Actor Bruce Lee with producer Fred Weintraub on the set of Enter the Dragon.