Bob Anderson, Sword Master, Dies

Posted by chrismmurray, 28 December 2011 7:00 pm

In our creative world where so much is fake, when something on-screen that is real is absolutely fantastic we-as movie goers- share in the awe of the human performance and frequently contemplate how we can bottle some it and bring it into our work.

Bob Anderson was a person you don't know, but were in awe of his work. Kind of like Gollum made Andy Serkis a celebrity in his own right, Bob Anderson would have been in the same camp. He was a master swordsman that has made many a light saber battle breathtaking and completely believable. Besides actually playing Darth Vader on screen while fighting Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, he managed to bring numerous other epic battles to life on-screen such as Princess Bride, Mask of Zorro, Highlander (there can be only one!!), Pirates of the Carribbean,  and, none other than Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.

This blog may not seem to be a place where you’d expect homage to a master swordsman. But now in his absence, animating anything close to his work, without the master to guide you, just got infinitely harder.

With respect, RIP Bob Anderson. You can read a full obit in the NYT. (

And here is the master at work:


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