Now we are at a similar point. In a month's time, a new Star Wars film will hit cinemas and, once again, the anticipation and excitement is infectious. But I believe we have good reason to be excited. For a while, their was an air of caution over this new venture which has gradually transmuted into gleeful optimism. The team behind this new movie and the way they have handled it - with such enthusiasm, artistry and, yes, love and care - has already won many people over. Also, this new series of movies has one thing over the prequels, and that is the element of surprise. New characters, new worlds, new stories, and no one knows how any of it will pan out, who will live and who will die.
I am happy to say I am excited for The Force Awakens and I am confident we will not be disappointed. As one character says in the recent trailer: "Hope is not lost today, it is found . . ."