The 1980 Flash Gordon movie was something else. Something crazy and special. You really had to be there and see it during that time. It had all kinds of weird visuals and it was all varying levels of over-the-top fun. Plus, a Queen soundtrack. You can never go wrong with a Queen soundtrack.
Designer Chris Foss created designs for the Hawkmen’s rocket sled that Flash rides, which weren’t used in the film. These are some really trippy designs. Most of them seem way better than what was used on screen.
Dino De Laurentiis called me when Flash Gordon was almost ready to go into production and asked me to come and see them in the studios because he wanted new versions of some of the designs that had already been done, which he obviously didn’t like. And, specifically, he wanted me to redesign the ‘Space Scooter.’
I saw Dino De Laurentiis, he gave me a verbal brief. I was then taken down to the department that was physically building the stuff and we discussed what this thing was supposed to do in the film. And I then went away and, over a long holiday, produced the designs for it.