Bob Anderson, a British Olympic fencer who fought as Darth Vader in two Star Wars movies as part of a long career as a movie sword master and fight director, died January 1 in England. He was 89. The British Academy of Fencing said Anderson first worked in movies staging fights for the 1952 Errol Flynn pic The Master Of Ballantrae. He went on to choreograph scenes in such high-profile films as the James Bond movies From Russia With Love and Die Another Die, The Legend Of Zorro, the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and those great showdowns in The Princess Bride. He was outed by Mark Hamill in the early 1980s as the man who performed the key Darth Vader light saber scenes in The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi — not actor David Prouse, who at 6-foot-6 was far taller than Anderson, who was around 60 years old at the time.
R.I.P. Bob Anderson
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