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Universal Film Issue 9 - 2013

Bob Anderson

by J.R. Beardsley

Master Swordsman

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obert James Gilbert Anderson (15 September 1922 – 1 January 2012) was an English Olympic fencer, a renowned film Fight Director Coach, Sword Master, Stunt Choreographer and a true gentleman.

Directors, Stunt people and Coordinators who have been engaged in the art of swordsmanship. He consistently produced dramatic sword fighting sequences. Whether swashbuckling with rapiers, wielding a light saber or a cutlass, he offered ingenuity and a high standard of excellence to achieve.

Born in Gosport, Hampshire, England, he took up fencing at an early age. Prior to the Second World War he joined the Royal Marines, teaching fencing and taking titles for foil, epeé, saber and bayonet in the Royal Tournament for the Combined Services for four consecutive years. During the war he served in the Mediterranean aboard the HMS Coventry which was sunk.

Mr. Anderson came to Hollywood in 1952, launching a cinema career that spanned over 50 years. In those days, Ralph Faulkner was Basil Rathbone’s double, Fred Caven’s was established as Errol Flynn’s fight director and stunt double.(They had a bitter rivalry during the entire Errol Flynn Basil Rathbone era) During his career he coached many actors in Swordsmanship including Errol Flynn, Sean Connery, Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp.

He represented Britain at the 1950 and 1953 World Championships as well as at the 1952 Olympics after which he entered into a twenty year association with Britain’s national fencing team, serving as a coach. But he was more than that. He was an inspiration to many, both famous and not-so-famous Directors, Actors, Fight

Mr. Anderson’s legacy is substantial and continues today and will for years to come. The loss of his genius is not readily compensatedHis iconic contributions to the art of Swashbuckling include films such as Highlander, The Princess Bride, The Mask of Zorro, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings, The

Hobbit and Die Another Day. He also appeared as a stunt double for Darth Vader’s light saber battles in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. An inspiration as an artist, consummate professional and remarkable gentleman of the old school, he is one of the best examples of a Sword Master of the Silver Screen. Peter Jackson was honored to have Bob Anderson be on the set for the Hobbit. Sad to say this was the final battle Bob Anderson had on earth and the Silver Screen. We hold our swords high in tribute to this great man. Swordsmen won’t forget the legendary Mr. Anderson, on film forever. By J.R. Beardsley • Director of action; Fight Master of the sword; director, Classically trained actor, writer; producer and director of theatre/flim, major illusionists, action shows and extravaganzas, motion capture/stuntsfor MGM and Universal Studios among others.

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