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RIP Bob Anderson

In Film News on January 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Bob Anderson, Olympic fencer, stunt man and sword master, died at age 89. During a career that spanned over fifty years and saw the death of the studio system and the advent of the blockbuster, Anderson worked with everyone from Errol Flynn to Sean Connery and Antonio Banderas. He gained the greatest notoriety for his work on the Star Wars trilogy in the seventies, though his role in key lightsaber fight scenes was kept under wraps, per George Lucas, until actor Mark Hamill broke the silence in a 1983 interview. “I didn’t think it was fair anymore,” Hamill said at the time. “Bob worked so bloody hard, he deserves some recognition.”

Anderson’s last major films were the Lord of the Rings trilogy, in which swordplay played a key role in many pivotal scenes. Director Peter Jackson wrote on his Facebook page yesterday: “It is rare, even within the film industry, that you get to work with a legend which was why I was thrilled when Bob Anderson agreed to come on board The Lord of the Rings as our sword-master. In fact, it took a while for it to sink in that I was going to get to work with the same man who had helped create some of cinema’s greatest fight sequences, from Star Wars to The Princess Bride. Bob was a brilliant swordsman and a gifted teacher; I will remember him as a wonderfully patient man, possessed of a terrific sense of humour. It was a privilege to have known him.”

Legolas Lives!

In Film News on May 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm


Peter Jackson announced today on his facebook page that Orlando Bloom will be reprising his drool-worthy role as the Elf Legolas in Jackson’s long-awaited adaptation of “The Hobbit.”

After prancing and swashbuckling his way through the three “Lord of the Rings” movies in the early 2000s, there was doubt about Bloom reappearing in the two-part “Hobbit,” which is a prequel to the LOTR films.  Legolas does not exist yet in JRR Tolkien’s original novel “The Hobbit,” but fans have nothing to fear from a re-write; if Jackson and co. do as good a job adapting “The Hobbit” for the screen as they did the three massive LOTR books, another mega blockbuster is assured.

The first half of “The Hobbit” is currently scheduled to land in theaters in December 2012.  The second will follow in 2013.