Monday, January 2, 2012

Bob Anderson, Sword Master, 1922-2012


"I never took up the sword. I think the sword took me up."
—Bob Anderson

We lost a legend today. Bob Anderson was responsible for most of the sword awesomeness in American cinematography for the past five decades. Oh yea, and he did Darth Vader's swordplay.

"Bob Anderson was the man who actually did Vader’s fighting. It was always supposed to be a secret, but I finally told George I didn’t think it was fair any more. Bob worked so bloody hard that he deserves some recognition. It’s ridiculous to preserve the myth that it’s all done by one man."
—Mark Hamil, 1983 interview

Sword Master / Fight Arranger / Fencing coach
  • The Hobbit (2012)
  • Alatriste (2006)
  • The Legend of Zorro (2005)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  •  Die Another Day (2002)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • The Mask of Zorro (1998)
  • The Phantom (1996)
  • First Knight (1995)
  • The Three Musketeers (1993)
  • By the Sword (1991)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Highlander (1986)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  • Barry Lyndon (1975)
  • Kidnapped (1971)
  • Don't Lose Your Head (1966)
  • The Moonraker (1958)
Stunts
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Superman II (1980)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 
    • Stunt Double for Darth Vader
  • Candleshoe (1977)
  • Star Wars (1977)
  • One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975)
  • Kidnapped (1971)
  • Casino Royale (1967)
  • From Russia with Love (1963)
  • The Guns of Navarone (1961)
  • Il maestro di Don Giovanni (1954)
  • The Master of Ballantrae (1953)
Actor
  • Reclaiming the Blade (2009): himself
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980): Imperial Officer
  • Candleshoe (1977): Hood
  • Doctor Who (1968): Fighting Guard in the serial "The Enemy of the World"
Freakin' incredible career.

My favorite duel isn't from an Anderson choreographed film, however.


Don't blink. You might miss it.

B.

Update, from reddit:


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