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Legendary sword master, Bob Anderson, dies

January 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm by maegwen  - 

Bob AndersonThe sword-fighting trainer and choreographer passed away today, at the age of 89.

Bob Anderson was a behind-the-scenes name little known to many fans but who had a tremendous impact not only on the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, but on cinema itself.  Anderson’s many credits include: Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Princess Bride, Highlander and much more. [Read obit from AP]

From “Bob Anderson, the world’s top sword master who has consulted on such films as Star Wars and trained the legendary Errol Flynn, was also brought in to train the actors in different fencing techniques. An expert in medieval arms, Anderson read the novel and then developed sparring methods based on Tolkien’s descriptions of each culture.”

The story of Anderson’s career and background was captured in the documentary, “Reclaiming the Blade.”  According to director Daniel McNicoll, Anderson once told him, “You know I don’t feel like I found the sword, I feel like the sword found me.” [Watch ‘Reclaiming the Blade’ on Netflix]

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24 responses to “Legendary sword master, Bob Anderson, dies”

  1. Steve Miller says:

    Being very aware of Mr. Anderson’s
    career, our condolences to his family, friends and fans around the
    world. A true artisan. May the hHeavens open and shine upon this
    Prince of the Universe.-Steve and Susan

  2. Megabrando says:


  3. Guest says:

    Just a minor correction; Bob Anderson was responsible for the LotR fight scene choreography but not for the cultural fighting style design; that was a different department.

    May he rest in peace.

  4. Marleen says:

    Aaah that is so sad, he was an amazing swordmaster and his knowledge is legendary rest in peace sir. Anderson

  5. James Horan says:

    I had the great opportunity to work with Bob on the second season of “Highlander” the tv series in an episode called “Band of Brothers” when I played the character Grayson.  Bob choreographed a great fight scene between Adrian Paul and I on a yellow mountain of sulphur in Vancouver which took twelve hours total to shoot, and in the pouring rain at that!  He was always there–guiding, encouraging. I also got to work with his one-time partner, the late Peter Diamond on the “Zorro” series in Spain.  Great men both, they leave a royal legacy;  and flights of angels sing them to their rest.
    –James Horan

  6. DragonsAreAwesome says:

    Very sad.  My condolences to family and friends.  I am a big fan of many of the movies he worked with; the world lost a great swordsman.  Rest in peace.

  7. Robert Williams says:

    Rest in Peace

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