When Bristol Sunset Cinema came to the Observatory this September for a screening of Flash Gordon (1980), we weren’t expecting the all-star cast to make an appearance. It was a fantastic surprise to receive two very enthusiastic messages from Prince Vultan (Brian Blessed) and Flash himself (Sam J. Jones) to introduce the screening!
Blessed, originally from Yorkshire, trained in drama at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and called Bristol his ‘second home’.
Jones, who is rumoured to be appearing in a reboot of the 1980s cult classic, gave a warm “hello” and a very wide smile to his Bristol audience. In an interview with Den of Geek earlier this year, Jones revealed that Fox Studios have writers working on the sequel’s script. When asked if he would like to play an older Flash or mentor a younger star in the next instalment, Jones said:
“Whatever a younger, leading man can do, I cannot only match him, I can do more!”
The evening itself stayed beautifully dry and calm which, we’ve heard, is typical of Bristol Sunset Cinema’s screenings. One attendee commented:
“The atmosphere was really suited to the movie, with fans cheering and clapping along to their favourite scenes. The moon rising over the screen with the Observatory in the background made a great setting too.” – Tomm, South Bristol
Were you there? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!