I just found out that master swordsman Bob Anderson passed away yesterday, January 1st 2012, at age 89.
Anderson has played a critical role in swordplay in movies since he staged fights and coached Errol Flynn in the early 50s. The former Olympic swordsman acted as stunt man in many films and as sword master for many others. Highly sought after he worked on several James Bond films as well as The Princess Bride and The Legend of Zorro.
Among the major films he was involved in were the original Star Wars trilogy where he was Darth Vader for the sword fights in Empire and Jedi, he was also sword master for the recent Lord of the Rings trilogy.
A more complete filmography can be found here.
Our world is diminished with his loss.
- Bob Anderson, sword master who played Darth Vader, dies at 89 (dailymail.co.uk)
- RIP: Bob Anderson, Fight Choreographer (geeks.thedailywh.at)
- Bob Anderson, sword-fighting master – a life in clips (guardian.co.uk)
- Movie swordsman Anderson dies (hollywood.com)