Mark Hamill reunited with missing Star Wars soundtrack signed by John Williams, 20 years later

17 January 2020, 16:24 | Updated: 17 January 2020, 16:38

Mark Hamill is reunited with missing vinyl signed by John Williams
Mark Hamill is reunited with missing vinyl signed by John Williams. Picture: Getty/Insta: bookmansflagstaff

By Helena Asprou

It’s been two decades since Mark Hamill last held his precious vinyl record, but now that’s all changed thanks to a local Arizona bookshop.

When Mark Hamill (aka, Star Wars legend Luke Skywalker) lost his signed copy of John WilliamsStar Wars: A New Hope soundtrack, he assumed he would never see it again.

But now, two decades on, the legendary actor has been reunited with his precious collectible.

The incredible discovery came about after staff at an Arizona bookshop came into possession of the record and were keen to return the record to its rightful owner.

It was certainly a noble gesture; despite the Bookmans’ team knowing the album was worth large sums of money, its personalised autograph suggested it should only belong to the Return of the Jedi star.

Williams had gifted the record to Hamill ahead of the 1977 release of the first Star Wars movie, and had signed the sleeve with the inscription: ‘Dear Mark Hamill, May the Force always be with us.’

Amazingly, the 68-year-old actor wasn’t even aware the record was missing and believed it to still be in the basement of his California home, along with his other vinyl.

To celebrate its return, Hamill shared photos of his signed soundtrack and the staff at the store, adding the caption: “Over the years in life, things go missing. Meet the staff of Bookmans – they found and RETURNED a record signed for me by John Williams I hadn’t seen since the early 90s.

“I’m so grateful to them and hope you consider spending lots and lots of money at their store.”

John Wiliams is the most Oscar-nominated living person
John Wiliams is the most Oscar-nominated living person. Picture: Getty

John Williams, whose memorable scores range from Jaws and Jurassic Park to Schindler’s List and E.T., has just broken his own record for the most Oscar nods with a nomination for his Rise of Skywalker score, making him the most Oscar-nominated living person.

So, you can see why Hamill was pleased to get that signed record back.

He told Variety: “Aside from George Lucas, nobody deserves more credit for the success of Star Wars than John Williams.

“It’s indescribable, how he elevates every scene. He’s got to understand the emotion of the scene, the dynamics of whatever conflict we’re trying to portray, as deeply as an actor does.

“In a way, that’s even more complex. As an actor, you’re only one person, one instrument in the orchestra. He’s the entire cast.”

The first time Hamill heard the theme music for Star Wars, he was sat in a two-seat car with Gary Kurtz, the producer of the film.

In an interview with The New York Times, he said: “It was an unforgettable moment. Tears were rolling down my face. I could not believe how impactful it was.”

Since posting his story on Twitter, fans have been sharing their good wishes:

Well Mark, what a great way to start 2020. Faith in humanity restored.