Bob Anderson 15 September 1922 1 January 2012

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Bob Anderson, sword-fighting master who wielded Darth Vaders light saber, dies at 89

Bob Anderson (15 September 1922 1 January 2012)[1] was an English actor and fencer. Anderson also owns a claim to fame for being a swordfighting trainer for several films, as well as a stunt double for Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. He is one of seven people to have played that character. He was born in Hampshire.

Anderson did not receive much recognition for his role in the Star Wars films for years after their initial release, in part because David Prowse was so lauded for his portrayal that director George Lucas did not want to detract from the boost it gave the actor's career. In a 1983 interview, however, Mark Hamill paid homage to Anderson's contribution, saying, "Bob Anderson was the man who actually did Vaders fighting. It was always supposed to be a secret, but I finally told George I didnt think it was fair any more. Bob worked so bloody hard that he deserves some recognition. Its ridiculous to preserve the myth that its all done by one man."

As a competitive fencer, he represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games in 1952[2] and the World Championships in 1950 and 1953 in the sabre event. He finished tied for fifth in the team sabre event at Helsinki in 1952.

After his retirement from fencing competition, Anderson emigrated to Canada, where he went on to become technical director of the Canadian Fencing Association.[3] He died on New Year's Day 2012 in an English hospital.


Miscellaneous crew

The Hobbit (2012): Sword Master[3]
Alatriste (2006): Sword Master
The Legend of Zorro (2005): Sword Master
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003): Sword Master
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003): Additional Sword Trainer
He can be seen speaking on the DVD special edition, 23m 30s into the 'making of' presentation.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002): Sword Master
Die Another Day (2002): Sword Master
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001): Sword Master
The Parent Trap (1998): Fencing Consultant
The Mask of Zorro (1998): Sword Master
The Phantom (1996): Sword Master
First Knight (1995): Sword Master
The Three Musketeers (1993): Sword Master
By the Sword (1991): Sword Master
The Princess Bride (1987): Sword Master
Highlander (1986): Sword Master
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977): Fight Arranger (uncredited)
Barry Lyndon (1975): Fencing Coach
Kidnapped (1971): Fight Arranger
Don't Lose Your Head (1966): Fight Arranger (uncredited)
The Moonraker (1958) Fencing Coach


Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983): Stunt Performer
Superman II (1980): Stunts (uncredited)
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980): Stunt Double for Darth Vader
Candleshoe (1977): Stunt Arranger (uncredited)
Star Wars (1977): Stunts/Stunt Double (uncredited)
One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975): Stunt Arranger
Kidnapped (1971): Fight Arranger
Casino Royale (1967): Stunts (uncredited)
From Russia with Love (1963): Stunts (uncredited)
The Guns of Navarone (1961): Stunts (uncredited)
Il maestro di Don Giovanni (1954): Stunts
The Master of Ballantrae (1953): Stunts (uncredited)


Reclaiming the Blade (2009): himself
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980): Imperial Officer
Candleshoe (1977): Hood (uncredited)
Doctor Who (1968): Fighting Guard in the serial The Enemy of the World

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