Book Review: I am C-3PO by Anthony Daniels

Title: I Am C-3PO
By: Anthony Daniels
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 271
Release Date: October 31st, 2019
Publisher: DK
Rating: ★★★

Summary from Goodreads:

"The odds of me ever writing a book were approximately... Oh, never mind. My golden companion worries about such things - I don't. I have indeed now written a book - telling my story, in my voice, not his - recognising that our voices and our stories are inextricably intertwined."

When Star Wars burst on to the big screen in 1977, an unfailingly polite golden droid called C-3PO captured imaginations around the globe. But C-3PO wasn't an amazing display of animatronics with a unique and unforgettable voiceover. Inside the metal costume was an actor named Anthony Daniels.

In this deeply personal memoir, Anthony Daniels recounts his experiences of the epic cinematic adventure that has influenced pop culture for more than 40 years. For the very first time, he candidly describes his most intimate memories as the only actor to appear in every Star Wars film - from his first meeting with George Lucas to the final, emotional days on the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

With a foreword by J.J. Abrams and never-before-seen photography, this book is a nostalgic look back at the Skywalker saga as it comes to a close. I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story reveals Anthony Daniels' vulnerability, how he established his role and what he accomplished, and takes readers on a journey that just happens to start in a galaxy far, far away.


As a huge lover of anything Star Wars, this book was top on my list to read as soon as I found out it existed. C-3PO was one of those characters that didn't seem to be one that moved the story along, but toward the end of the films, you realize that he was really a major player that moved the story along. This book follows the personal stories of the man behind the mask and the experiences he had during filming.

I love to hear all the stories. It was interesting to me how Daniels wasn't even considered a character worth crediting in the first few movies because he was to be considered as a droid and not a person in a costume. Things like this, make up the history of the films and are stories needing to be told. 

Daniels really lets it all out in this memoir, and I had a wonderful time reading it. If you are a huge Star Wars fan, give this book a read.

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