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Anderson, Bob

Bob Anderson

Bob Anderson (né Robert James Gilbert Anderson) was born on September 15, 1922 in Gosport, Hampshire, England. 

Anderson was born into a military family and that was his first direction, with the Royal Marines.  He spent most of the beginning of World War II in the Mediterranean and was aboard the H.M.S. Coventry when it was sunk off the north coast of Africa during that time. 
Anderson returned from the war to be stationed in Deal, Kent, England where he studied physical education  and became an Olympic athlete and coach. After living 25 years on the Thames River just outside London, Anderson and his wife Pearl moved to Canada.  Today he is the Canadian Fencing Association’s Technical Director in Ottawa.

Bob Anderson died on January 1, 2012.

Film Actor
Reclaiming the Blade~2009 - Himself
An Epic at Sea: The Making of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The curse of the Black Pearl'~2003 (V) - Himself
Warriors of the Third Age~2003 (V) - Himself
Welcome to Sherwood~ The Story of 'The Adventures of Robin Hood'~2003 (V) - Himself
Die Another Day: From Script to Screen (V) - Himself
Unmasking Zorro~2001 - Himself
Last Assassin~1998 - Assassin
Alien IV?~1994 - Wyenberg
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back~1980 - Darth Vader (stunt double)/Trey Callum

Candleshoe~1977 (uncredited) - Hood
Some Girls Do~1969 - Senior Aerodynamics Engineer (uncredited)

StuntsAfternoon Delight~2013 - (stunt coordinator)
Movie 43~2013 - (stunt utility for Victory's Glory)
Fred 3: camp Fred~2012 - (utility stunts)
The Portal~2010 - (stuntman)
Punk Strut: The Movie~2010 (technical adviser)
Captain Alastriste: The Spanish Musketeer~2006 (sword master)
The Legend of Zorro~2005 (sword master)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The curse of the Black Pearl~2003 - (fight choreographer/arranger)
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The~2003 (choreographer: art action)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The~2002 (choreographer: art action)
Die Another Day~2002 (sword master)
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The~2001 (choreographer: art action)
Cyberworld~2000 - (consultant)
Parent Trap, The~1998 (fencing consultant)
Mask of Zorro, The~1998 (sword master) (as Robert Anderson)
Phantom, The~1996 (sword master) (as Robert Anderson)
First Knight~1995 (sword master)
Three Musketeers, The~1993 (sword master)
By the Sword~1991 (sword master)
Princess Bride, The~1987 (sword master)
Highlander~1986 (sword master) doubled for Connery
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi~1983 (stunts)
Superman II~1980 (stunts) (uncredited) (see Actor Connections)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back~1980 (stunt double: Darth Vader) 
Candleshoe~1977 (stunt arranger)
Star Wars~1977 (stunt double)  (fight arranger) (uncredited)
One Of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing~1975 (arranger)
Barry Lyndon~1975 (fencing coach)
Robin Hood~1973 (anim) - (fencing)
From Russia with Love~1963 (stunts) (uncredited)
Kidnapped~1960 (stunt coordination)
Moonraker, The~1958 (fencing coach)
Master of Ballantrae~1952 (fight choreographer) doubled 5 actors...even killed himself! 

Punk'd~2013 - (stunt coordinator for Justin Bieber)
Highlander~1992 (sword master) (23 eps)
Making of 'Highlander: The Series'~1992 - Himself
SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back~1980 - Himself
The Protectors~1973 - Assassin
Doctor Who~1963 - Fighting Guard in The Enemy of the World (1968)
Secret Agent~1966 - First Thug in I Can Only Offer You Sherry
Count of Monte Cristo, The~1955 -  

Tackle Fencing~1978 
Body Stretching~1975/2000 

A founder of the British Association of National Coaches Was Head National Coach of British Fencing (he retired after 30 years in 1979...and started filming TESB) 

Technical director of the Canadian Fencing Association 

He attended every World Championship and Olympic Games fencing competition from 1952 to 1979 

Worked with Douglas Fairbanks, Tony Curtis, Ryan O’Neal, Roger Moore 

Received a Fencing Master’s Diploma the highest award given by a fencing academy. 

At the British Empire (Commonwealth) Games in 1950 he won two gold and three silver medals in Auckland, N.Z

About handling a sword Bob said this: "Using a sword is like sex. It's all a matter of balance, leverage and timing."

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