- "I never took up the sword; I think the sword took me up."
- ―Bob Anderson
Bob Anderson (September 15, 1922 – January 1, 2012), born Robert James Gilbert Anderson, was the swordsmaster who played Darth Vader in his various fight scenes in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He replaced David Prowse due to the actor's tendency to break lightsabers. Because of the height differences – Anderson was 6'1" (1.85m), while Prowse was 6'7" (2.02m) – Anderson's scenes were filmed from a lower angle to make him seem taller, or he stood on some small stilts or wore platform shoes. Anderson later did swordfighting choreography and training for films such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy (with Christopher Lee), the Zorro movies with Antonio Banderas and the James Bond film Die Another Day (with stunt performer Jim Dowdall).
Anderson died on New Year's Day in 2012. He was 89 years old.
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (stunt double)
- "The New Wonder Column"—Star Wars Insider 26
- Star Wars: The Complete Vader
- "Launch Pad"—Star Wars Insider 132
- Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga: The Official Collector's Edition