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.
This lavish adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's rousing swashbuckler about two Scottish brothers who are lifelong rivals for their father's title and property casts Richard Thomas in the role that Errol Flynn played in the 1953 movie version and Michael York in the part Anthony Steel had. John Gielgud received an Emmy Award nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actor, as did costume designer Olga Lehmann and art directors John Biggs and Derek Nice.