What’s the closest thing to a real-life Jedi Master? That would probably be Sword Master, the role Bob Anderson had on pretty much every big film that featured sword fighting during the past several decades.
Anderson, a former Olympic fencer who died on New Year’s Day at age 89, was the one who made the lightsaber duels in the original “Star Wars” trilogy look so cool. Everyone knows that James Earl Jones was the voice of Darth Vader and David Prowse was the man behind the mask, but it was Bob Anderson handling the red lightsaber in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”
Outside the Star Wars universe, Anderson made his mark on films such as “The Mask of Zorro,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Did you enjoy watching Cary Elwes and Mandy Patinkin’s thrilling (and hilarious) duel in “The Princess Bride?” Credit Anderson for that as well.
And who did James Bond call when he needed some extra sword support? Bob Anderson of course; the elaborate blade-to-blade fight scene between Pierce Brosnan and Toby Stephens in “Die Another Day” couldn’t have happened without him.
Which is your favorite of Bob Anderson’s many movie accomplishments? Remember Hollywood’s legendary sword master in the comments section and on Twitter!