Movie swordsman Anderson dies

Former Olympic fencer Bob Anderson passed away in England on New Year’s Day (01Jan12).

After serving in the Royal Marines during World War II, he represented Britain at the 1952 Olympic Games before moving into movie stunt work.

His first big screen fight scene was when he staged sword battles and coached Errol Flynn in The Master of Ballantrae. He became one of Hollywood’s most sought-after sword masters, and worked on stunts for films including From Russia With Love and Die Another Day, The Legend of Zorro and The Princess Bride.

He also donned Darth Vader’s iconic black costume to perform the character’s light saber bouts in the three original Star Wars movies

. Anderson is survived by his wife Pearl and three children.