Bob Anderson, legendary sword master, 1922-2012

Written by Nick Workman January 02, 2012

Bob Anderson 1922-2012

Legendary sword master Bob Anderson passed away yesterday, January 1 2012, at the age of 89. Anderson was known throughout the film industry as the premium sword master, someone who teaches the art of fencing, and for redefining the way that the art of fencing was choreographed for screen.

Though he had worked on such notable films as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Princess Bride, the Legend of Zorro, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Cure of the Black Pearl, and taught Errol Flynn to fence, it was his performance as Darth Vader in the fight scenes of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back that he was best known for. Just go back and look at A New Hope and compare the lightsaber duels. Anderson’s in Empire is by far better and it holds a huge emotional level that allows it to be placed as one of the greatest duels in cinema history.

Anderson’s last film he was working on was the upcoming Hobbit films.

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Nick Workman: Co-host of Nerd Alert, editor of news, writer of reviews, and lover of all that involves imagination. If he is not on his computer working on We Eat Films or Nerd Alert, you can probably find him in a big comfy chair, sipping a cup of coffee, with his nose deep in a book.

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