03 Jan '12, 8am

Man who did Darth Vader's lightsaber battles dies aged 89

LONDON - Olympic fencer and movie sword master Bob Anderson appeared in some of film's most famous dueling scenes - though few viewers knew it. Anderson, who has died at age 89, donned Darth Vader's black helmet and fought lightsaber battles in two of the three original Star Wars films, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. Anderson, who worked with actors from Errol Flynn to Antonio Banderas during five decades as a sword master, fight director and stunt performer, died early New Year's Day at an English hospital, the British Academy of Fencing said yesterday. Vader, Star Wars' intergalactic arch-villain, was voiced by James Earl Jones and played by 1.98 meter former weightlifter David Prowse, but Anderson stepped in during the key fight scenes. "David Prowse wasn't very good with a sword and Bob couldn't get him to do the moves," said Anderson's former assistan...

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