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Rest in peace, Bob Anderson.

Tol Eressea

Jan 2 2012, 3:01am

Post #1 of 39 (3001 views)
Rest in peace, Bob Anderson. Can't Post

A master swordsman (and gentleman) responsible for some of cinema's greatest sword fights (Including work done in LOTR and The Hobbit) has passed away.

As reported by Nordling at Aint It Cool News.


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(This post was edited by Owain on Jan 2 2012, 3:01am)

Grey Havens

Jan 2 2012, 3:37am

Post #2 of 39 (2252 views)
Truly a great, he will be missed. [In reply to] Can't Post

From the Errol Flynn days, to the amazing work in The Empire Strikes Back and LotR. I didn't know he was still working on The Hobbit...Unsure

R.I.P. sir.

"I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge"
--J.R.R. Tolkien

Tol Eressea

Jan 2 2012, 3:37am

Post #3 of 39 (2259 views)
Just read it as well. [In reply to] Can't Post

Really sad Frown

At least he lived life to the fullest!

Though I thought he wasn't working on the Hobbit?

(This post was edited by Carne on Jan 2 2012, 3:38am)

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Jan 2 2012, 3:37am

Post #4 of 39 (2281 views)
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Wow, I was just watching the documentary on the EE discs and they featured him and how hard he worked with the actors (especially Viggo)

The movies are a great tribute to his work.

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Tol Eressea

Jan 2 2012, 4:07am

Post #5 of 39 (2237 views)
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RIP, Mr. Anderson. Thanks for some of the best fight set pieces in cinema history. Hopefully, his contribution to TH will remain in the finished films. Unsure

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1. Not only keep the claim that Thorin & Co. ran amok in Mirkwood "molesting people", but depict said incident in vivid detail!!!!!

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Jan 2 2012, 4:25am

Post #6 of 39 (2235 views)
That's really sad to hear. [In reply to] Can't Post

He was a delight on the FOTR DVD appendices. :(

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Grey Havens

Jan 2 2012, 4:37am

Post #7 of 39 (2199 views)
:( ... [In reply to] Can't Post

... Despite his age, I was kinda hoping he would still be involved with The Hobbit in some capacity and that we'd get to see him on the DVD extras. Still, it was a privilege to see him at work on LOTR. He was one of the few that remained from the Golden Age of Hollywood, and he and his expertise will be sorely missed.

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Tol Eressea

Jan 2 2012, 4:53am

Post #8 of 39 (2225 views)
No.... :( [In reply to] Can't Post


This man has been a part of so many of my favorite movies and tv shows by way of his amazing skills. He will be greatly missed.

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Tol Eressea

Jan 2 2012, 5:17am

Post #9 of 39 (2253 views)
As a devotee of swashbuckling films, and as a practitioner of fencing and sword arts [In reply to] Can't Post

I am numb with sadness upon reading of the Maestro's passing just now.

A hero and inspiration to me and to many, he was more than a master. He virtually personified the grace and beauty of fencing and swordsmanship.

His vorpal blade went snicker-snack.

Having lived a full life, he has disengaged to the high outside line.

Like his target area for would-be touches, he will be missed.

"That doesn't make much sense to me. But then again, you are quite small. Perhaps you're right."


Jan 2 2012, 6:12am

Post #10 of 39 (2179 views)
Sad news. [In reply to] Can't Post

It's amazing to look at his credit list...such a huge contribution to cinema. Watching the appendices I get the impression he was deeply appreciated by Viggo for his swift initiation to the sword fighting process.


Jan 2 2012, 7:23am

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:'(// [In reply to] Can't Post


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Jan 2 2012, 11:00am

Post #12 of 39 (2162 views)
Terrible news to begin the year with... [In reply to] Can't Post

I remember him of the extras of the EE of LOTR, and I've always admire how a man of his age was still working on he loved the most. I'm truly sorry, God bless him.


Jan 2 2012, 11:02am

Post #13 of 39 (2124 views)
RIP [In reply to] Can't Post

This man has officially passed into legend, although he had perhaps already done so in life after choreographing all these great fight scenes in many wonderful films.

Morok Cloudkeeper

Jan 2 2012, 12:10pm

Post #14 of 39 (2127 views)
This is so sad [In reply to] Can't Post

Rest in piece Sir Anderson.Even though this man isn't with us anymore,his legacy is still and will always be present among us.Heart

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Jan 2 2012, 12:18pm

Post #15 of 39 (2171 views)
*gasp!* Oh No! [In reply to] Can't Post

This is horrible.... I'm so sorry...

Peace to his family and friends... and to his fans. This is a grievous loss. His talent and passion have truely marked him as one of film's greatest. I always laugh when I listen to him on the dvds and commentaries. Bless him...


I really need these new films to take me back to, and not re-introduce me to, that magical world.

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(This post was edited by grammaboodawg on Jan 2 2012, 12:18pm)


Jan 2 2012, 1:02pm

Post #16 of 39 (2152 views)
If this is confirmed; [In reply to] Can't Post

It's really very sad news! R.I.P Bob Anderson.

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Jan 2 2012, 2:51pm

Post #17 of 39 (2115 views)
Agree [In reply to] Can't Post

I too was always amazed at how agile he was not only on LoTRs, but also in the extras on the Pirate DVDs. He will be missed. Hopefully he left a trained group behind to keep up the woderful world of swordfighting.

Was he the one who said that Viggo was the best swordfighter he had ever worked with in film?


Jan 2 2012, 3:05pm

Post #18 of 39 (2111 views)
My wife & I send our condolences with his friends and family [In reply to] Can't Post

Not only was Mr. Anderson part of many fondly-remembered films, but I believe that Mike Grell's character Jason "Sonny" Pratt (from the comicbook series Jon Sable, Freelance) was at least partially based on him.

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Tol Eressea

Jan 2 2012, 3:14pm

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you are correct [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes, it was he who said that. (before that it had been Antonio Banderas, and then later Viggo took the slot).

"That doesn't make much sense to me. But then again, you are quite small. Perhaps you're right."

Tol Eressea

Jan 2 2012, 3:25pm

Post #20 of 39 (2117 views)
That's truly sad.... RIP // [In reply to] Can't Post


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Jan 2 2012, 4:16pm

Post #21 of 39 (2082 views)
Oh no! [In reply to] Can't Post

What a shame. His contributions to the film industry have enriched all our lives. Rest in Peace. Unsure

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Jan 2 2012, 5:51pm

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Jan 2 2012, 7:55pm

Post #23 of 39 (2079 views)
What a life! [In reply to] Can't Post

The fact that he got to do what he loved, for his entire working life, is so wonderful. From representing Britain in fencing at the Helsinki (1952) Olympics, he went on to some sixty years of first sword-fighting stunts, then consultation and choreography, and then as sword-master. His filmography is astounding. The Guardian has a brief film clip retrospective.

"Bob Anderson, sword-fighting master – a life in clips"

Rest in Peace, Mr. Anderson, and thanks for your wonderful contributions to the excitement and beauty of cinema.


Jan 2 2012, 8:30pm

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RIP [In reply to] Can't Post

There's a wealth of knowledge that has passed on with him.

This tale grew in the telling. . .

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Jan 2 2012, 8:37pm

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Thats a great shame [In reply to] Can't Post

he will be missed

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Jan 2 2012, 10:55pm

Post #26 of 39 (397 views)
Rest in Peace sir [In reply to] Can't Post

He had a great career and a wonderful life.

Rest in Peace Mister Anderson.

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Jan 2 2012, 11:16pm

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Nicely said Ruxendil_T [In reply to] Can't Post

It is such that so many times a person is not fully realized or revealed until the passing. It was so with Bob for me. Watching those two video was a study. The Flynn fight had been...ages since i had seen that. Viggo felt it a true honour to know and work with him.

It was an amazing life and one to celebrate with gladness. I am sure in the appendices (sure as sand they will be) that a tribute to him will be there. It is a stab to know that he was there working with TH. But you know, he just might have thought that , that if he was to go, it was to be doing something to contribute to a work that shall become 'one for the ages' , because he surely will be:).

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Jan 3 2012, 1:36am

Post #28 of 39 (441 views)
What a legacy! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you for that link.

He was a true master of the craft!


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Jan 3 2012, 4:16am

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PJ says, via Facebook [In reply to] Can't Post

It is a rare, even within the film industry, that you get to work with a legend which was why I was thrilled when Bob Anderson agreed to come on board The Lord of the Rings as our sword-master. In fact, it took a while for it to sink in that I was going to get to work with the same man who had helped create some of cinema's greatest fight sequences - from Star Wars to The Princess Bride. Bob was a brilliant swordsman and a gifted teacher; I will remember him as a wonderfully patient man, possessed of a terrific sense of humour. It was a privilege to have known him.

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Jan 3 2012, 10:30am

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*mods up* Wonderful.... // [In reply to] Can't Post



I really need these new films to take me back to, and not re-introduce me to, that magical world.

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Jan 3 2012, 4:00pm

Post #31 of 39 (400 views)
He really got to do what he wanted [In reply to] Can't Post

Bob, thanks for the great sword fights. I am sure you inspired many to similar work! Your legacy will continue.


Jan 3 2012, 4:23pm

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Unknowingly, he has inspired me since I was a bobbin [In reply to] Can't Post

I am very sad to hear that he has passed. I never realized he was the same man I had watched giving directions my Princess Bride extras, and I thought was pure magic. Never realized that he was behind the work on StarWars saberwork. Never realized he did Pirates. I think it's an understatement to say that he was a master, and an extraordinary teacher. The fights that will continue to be watched and loved will be a lasting testimony to his skill and passion.
Thank you Bob Anderson for your unfailing passion, and giving your all into something you loved, and showing what the best really is! Rest in peace, and God bless. My earliest memories of the incredible scenes brought to life by you will always be remembered. Heart I think it's safe to say that my love of action and swordplay is partly due to you, and has influenced my writing.

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Jan 3 2012, 8:44pm

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neither did I [In reply to] Can't Post

The first movies I watched were SW and The princess Bride. four, maybe five years ago, I first watched LOTR and about the same time I watched POTC for the first time. I never knew he worked on those until I read the LOTR FOTR movie guide book. It is so sad that he has left us. May his work continue to inspire stick fights in backyards and school yards across the globe. Rest In Peace Bob Anderson. He was not just A master of fencing and sword work, but THE master.


Jan 4 2012, 1:45am

Post #34 of 39 (375 views)
Well said... [In reply to] Can't Post

Bob Anderson at work must have been so exciting to watch. I'm in awe just seeing his impact on others.


I really need these new films to take me back to, and not re-introduce me to, that magical world.

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Jan 4 2012, 3:37am

Post #35 of 39 (386 views)
New York Times obit [In reply to] Can't Post

Nice write-up and lovely photo.

Bob Anderson, Sword Master, Dies at 89

Tol Eressea

Jan 4 2012, 5:09am

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Thank you for posting that, PattyJB [In reply to] Can't Post

The photo makes me wish to have seen him in action on the set of LOTR...demonstrating the movements... the only time I'd ever seen him in action was in Making of Empire Strikes Back, SPFX. Those who had the opportunity to work with him or to be trained by him were highly privileged indeed.

I can only wonder, who could possibly take over for him, on the Hobbit as well as for sword-combat scenes in films in general henceforth? There's WIlliam Hobbs, who I also admire, but he's got quite a different style. There's nobody quite like Grumpy Bob, I mean, the Maestro. This is a heavy loss.

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Tol Eressea

Jan 4 2012, 7:03am

Post #37 of 39 (395 views)
May we all live life as fully as Mr. Anderson [In reply to] Can't Post

I think Bob Anderson is a wonderful inspiration. He lived a long life, did what he loved, and proved that age is just a number.
Bob Anderson, gone but never forgotten.


Jan 4 2012, 8:08pm

Post #38 of 39 (358 views)
RIP [In reply to] Can't Post

I love his work and learned swordplay from watching the behind the scenes on LOTR and POTC. I will really miss him. always wanted to meet him.


Jan 4 2012, 8:12pm

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RIP Bob :( [In reply to] Can't Post

Death of an absolute legend, his "skill with a blade" will be greatly missed Frown

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