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RIP Bob Anderson-Hollywood's Supreme Sword-Master
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Posted on 01/02/2012 3:48:18 PM PST by hoagy62
RIP Bob Anderson, 1922-2012.
Who, you say? You may not know him, but I can almost guarantee you've seen his work.
The swordfight in "The Princess Bride"? Bob choreographed it.
All the swordplay in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy? He supervised and taught all of the cast about it.
The epic lightsaber duels in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi"? It was Bob in the Vader suit, not David Prowse.
Not to mention his work in "Highlander", "The Three Musketeers", "The Mask of Zorro" & "The Legend of Zorro", "Die Another Day", and even on the currently-filming "The Hobbit", plus a dozen other films.
So yes...you know who he is...the greatest swordsman/sword master that film-making has ever known.
(If you want more info, look up the documentary "Reclaiming the Blade" and get educated.)
TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Miscellaneous; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: lotr; princessbride; swords
posted on 01/02/2012 3:48:27 PM PST
posted on 01/02/2012 3:51:31 PM PST
(He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
posted on 01/02/2012 4:05:08 PM PST
Damn, sir, but I enjoyed your work!
posted on 01/02/2012 4:17:13 PM PST
by Old Sarge
(RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
Actually, that’s Dave Prowse. Bob Anderson did the light saber duels in “The Empire Strikes Back”, and “Return of the Jedi”.
posted on 01/02/2012 4:21:07 PM PST
("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
To: Swordmaker; Xenalyte; Salamander
posted on 01/02/2012 4:23:49 PM PST
by Grizzled Bear
(No More RINOS!)
Great, great swordsman who understood more than just his specialty. When he was criticized by some other swordsmaster because his choreography wasn't realistic enough, he responded “Hey, it's a movie!”
He was brilliant and still working at what he loved at 90.
God bless you sir, may you repose in peace.
posted on 01/02/2012 5:37:36 PM PST
(FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
Mr. Anderson was THE swordmaster. Incidentally, any of you with the chance should definitely take up the article’s suggestion of viewing Reclaiming The Blade. It’s the best documentary on swords I think I’ve ever seen. It’s worth your time.
Requiéscant in pace, Mr. Anderson.
posted on 01/02/2012 6:34:21 PM PST
(et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
Rest in Peace sir.
Your work was very much enjoyed, and recreated on many a play ground or back yard. ;)
Prayers for his family.
posted on 01/02/2012 8:49:10 PM PST
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