Sword master and fight choreographer Bob Anderson has reportedly passed away at the age of 89. Anderson choreographed magnificent sword fights in The Princess Bride, Highlander, The Lord of the Rings, and Pirates of the Caribbean. He also worked as a stunt performer in the original Star Wars trilogy. An expert in medieval arms, Anderson trained with Errol Flynn and taught actors to fight using various fencing techniques. According to The One Ring, when the famed sword master* read the Lord of the Rings, he developed a sword fighting technique based on each culture. Director Daniel McNicoll explored Anderson’s work in the 2009 documentary Reclaiming the Blade.
Hit the jump to check out the sword fight between Inigo Montoya and the Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride. It’s the best sword fight in film history. Anderson was truly a genius at his craft and we offer our condolences to his friends and family.
*One of the most bad-ass job titles in history.