Geek that I am, I love all of the Star Wars movies. I sat riveted to my seat when the first three (rather the last three)movies came out. I couldn’t get enough of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in “Star Wars”, “The Empire Strikes Back”, and “Return of the Jedi”. Vader, of course, made the biggest impact on me. He’s so diabolical and I do love a good villain!
Darth Vader though was, hands down, the largest larger-than-life villain I’d ever seen.
Of course when I heard it took two talented actors to pull off that character, I wasn’t surprised. I was stunned though when it was revealed there was a third man behind that mask, and that man held the secret to the character I’d grown to know and love.
I’m talking about Bob Anderson, a fencing master who spent decades working with actors in Hollywood teaching them how to sword fight, the man who hid behind the mask and light saber of Darth Vader in the last two “Star Wars” movies. I believe Darth Vader would have been just another villain in a long line of villains without the incredible sword fighting scenes. With Bob Anderson wielding the saber and adding that final layer to the evil Darth Vader, he overwhelmed the screen with power and presence, and gifted movie viewers with the ultimate battle between good and evil.
Sadly, Bob Anderson died three days ago on January 1st. He leaves behind a legacy that will never die. Today, in tribute to his memory, I’ve posted a scene from “The Empire Strikes Back” movie when Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker fight ending with Luke losing his hand and discovering Vader is his father. A striking, poignant, powerful scene now credited to Bob Anderson.