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Rest in peace, Bob Anderson.
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Tol Eressea

Jan 2 2012, 3:01am

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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

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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.

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Tol Eressea

Jan 2 2012, 3:37am

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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 (4143 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

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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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Jan 2 2012, 4:25am

Post #6 of 39 (4097 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

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... 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

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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

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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.

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Jan 2 2012, 6:12am

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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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Jan 2 2012, 11:00am

Post #12 of 39 (4024 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

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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

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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

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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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Jan 2 2012, 1:02pm

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

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Jan 2 2012, 2:51pm

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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

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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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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

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That's truly sad.... RIP // [In reply to] Can't Post


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Jan 2 2012, 4:16pm

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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

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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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he will be missed

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