Thirty-five years ago, a blonde football star embarked on a space adventure to save the world, and – thanks in part to a talking bear – it’s a journey we’ll never forget.
Flash Gordon, Mike Hodges’ 1980 operatic film based on the comic strip of the same name, paired together utterly ridiculous sets and costumes with unintentionally hilarious dialogue for the perfect campy masterpiece. Highly regarded by critics and fans alike, the Sam Jones-starring cult classic came with an infectious soundtrack by Queen and went on to inspire some other cinema greats.
While an initial sequel never came to fruition (you’ll find out why below), it seems as though Flash is finally headed back to the movie theatre – and not a moment too soon. While we wait for Twentieth Century Fox to cast a star for their anticipated reboot, here’s some behind-the-scene tidbits you might not have known about the man who saved every one of us.