RIP Bob Anderson

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  1. steveo

    steveo Sr Member

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    It is with great sadness that we report that Bob Anderson, the man behind the lightsaber fights in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and legendary swordplay in countless other films, has died at the age of 89. We had the very great pleasure of working with Bob numerous times over the years and always found him to be a gentleman, a professional and a legend. It was a privilege to know him and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this sad time. RIP Silverblade Bob.



    Sad news. RIP Bob.
     
  2. Clutch

    Clutch Master Member

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    R.I.P. Bob.
     
  3. Harrypotter

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  4. Calufrax

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    Sorry to hear this news. His sword fight choreography was fantastic. It was sad that he didn't get more credit immediately for all his great work, but glad Mark Hamill made sure he got the credit he deserved.
     
  5. Onigiri

    Onigiri Sr Member

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    His personal favorite was the Princess Bride. RIP, Bob
     
  7. tubachris85x

    tubachris85x Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    :'( sucks...
     
  8. Mola Rob

    Mola Rob Sr Member

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    A master choreographer. Too bad his style has not carried over into the current generation.

    RIP Bob.
     
  9. dcarty

    dcarty Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Sad news, but what a legacy to leave behind!
     
  10. blewis17

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    En garde, Bob.

    Some of my finest chioldhood memories were trying to sword play like you.

    RIP
     
  11. Apollo

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    Give Errol Flynn a couple of swats Bob when you see him! :(
     
  12. Probe Droid

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  13. frosty

    frosty Sr Member

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    RIP, so many great fights, and vader wouldn't be vader without him
     
  14. ARKM

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    Bob Anderson is one of my heroes. As a teen and as an adult, I would notice his name in the credits of all the good sword fighting movies, listed as swordmaster. I use to dream about being taught swordplay by him when I was younger. He was in the Darth Vader suit for the fight scenes in the OT SW movies, he taught Arnold how to use a sword for Conan the Barbarian, he taught the actors and choreographed the sword fights in the Princess Bride and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Heck, he even taught Errol Flynn how to use a sword. He knew so many styles of swordplay and was a master of them all. He will be missed.
     
  15. SithLord

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    Very sad to hear this. He was the "fight" behind Darth Vader and will be sorely missed. Hopefully he will have more recognition now for his contributions. Rest in peace.
     
  16. Too Much Garlic

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    Rest in peace.
     
  17. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: Bob Anderson RIP

    Looks like you have been jedifyed!
     
  18. dbuck

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  19. SmilingOtter

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    I hope there's a line of history's best swordsmen waiting to spar with him.

    According to IMDB, he had an uncredited role as an Imperial officer in ESB. Anyone know what scene(s) he was in?
     
  20. GINO

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  21. CelticRuins

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    Really sad news :(. He was awesome.
     
  22. Clutch

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    Re: Bob Anderson RIP

    Jedifyfed on his very first post. :(
     
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  23. CGClone

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    Saw him last year in "Reclaiming the Blade" and the thought passed my mind - "its not too long now". Sad to see him pass away. He left a great legacy for us to admire.
     
  24. Apollo

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  25. Rupp66

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    R.I.P. Bob Anderson

    A legend of the Martial Art and the sport.:cry

    Fencing Master, Fight Co-ordinator at 89.

    Sorry for the poor eulogy, have no link, heard through grapevine.
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2012
  26. Brian Muir

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    Sad to hear of Bob's passing. I had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of years ago and although he was very frail he showed himself to be a real gentleman.
     
  27. SmilingOtter

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  28. Rupp66

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    Re: R.I.P. Bob Anderson

    my bad:unsure
     
  29. Nibenon

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    I was just stunned on the magnitude of fantastic movies he was a part of... how I never knew that before...
     
  30. Apollo

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  31. KevVader

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    He was also a long time resident of Ottawa when he was director for the Canadian Fencing Association. I remember meeting him at the Nepean Sportsplex in the late '80s. RIP Bob!
     
  32. terryr

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    He looks like Harry Dean Stanton here.
     
  33. The Wolf

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    He also was the sword choreographer for Highlander.
    He was a part of many of my favorite movies.
    He left a great legacy.

    Wolf
     
  34. DarthLuumzl

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    Rest in peace!
     
  35. MetalMangler

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    My first thought was whether he was the one who choreographed TPB. When I think of a swordfight, the Star Wars fights don't pop into my mind... TPB does. The left-hand/right-hand business, both to start and then later in the fight to do it seamlessly while trading blows... The man was a master, and the world is somehow a little less now.

    RIP Bob.

    MM
     
  36. niennumb1

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    Did any of you watch SNL on this past weekend's Weekend Update with Seth Meyers? I think they really made his death out to be a joke and didn't think it was really inappropriate.

    "The Olympic swordsman who performed Darth Vader’s fight scenes in Star Wars died this week at the age of 89 after a long battle with his son."
     

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