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Karl Knisley




PostPosted: Thu 31 Oct, 2013 1:31 pm    Post subject: Who are the best movie swordsmen?         Reply with quote

Hello
A post in the Celebrities with swords thread ,got me to thinking. Who is the best ,on film swordsmen(living or dead)?
Michael Wiethop posted a link of, Christopher Lee ,talking about his duels in the Three Musketeers. He said he has been in more sword fights, on film, than anybody.While that may be a stretch,he might be in more movie fights ,than anyone "still alive".You have to count ,light sabers and magic staffs too:-)So...Who is the best and most prolific swordsmen in the movies? I antee up...

Errol Flynn
Basil Rathbone
And
Christopher Lee
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PostPosted: Thu 31 Oct, 2013 2:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Big Grin
Douglas Fairbanks
Douglas Fairbanks JR
Errol Flynn
Adrian Paul,
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PostPosted: Thu 31 Oct, 2013 2:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Bob Anderson needs to be mentioned.
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PostPosted: Thu 31 Oct, 2013 3:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Not really swords, but I vote for the Jedi's from the Star Wars movies. Those actors did a LOT of training to get those full speed moves down. Laughing Out Loud .......McM
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PostPosted: Thu 31 Oct, 2013 4:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

if i think of it all carefully, i think anthony de longis must be the best movie-swordsman (and movie-whipsman Big Grin ).
he not only does stage-fighting, but really understands the history and techniques behind it, and probably has profound hema knowledge.
so i would bet on him also in a real fight in contrast to most other fancy-moves-hollywood-style fencers.
i`ve seen him once charging with a m1913 at full galop in lock`n`load swords-episode, that was impressing.

maybe i do flynn, lee, michael york...and all those others injustice, but imho they are just actors wielding swords, whereas de longis is a swordsman who also acts.
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PostPosted: Thu 31 Oct, 2013 4:59 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Just a question... Is this purely Western movies and swordsmen?
"Never give a sword to a man who can't dance" - Confucius

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PostPosted: Thu 31 Oct, 2013 5:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Basil Rathbone is accounted by many to have been the best fencer in Hollywood films.According to his IMDB bio, he was the fencing champion of the British Army in his youth. Unfortunately for him ,he was usually cast as a villain in his duelling roles,and thus seldom won.
As for world cinema,it's hard to overlook Toshiro Mifune.

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Karl Knisley




PostPosted: Thu 31 Oct, 2013 7:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Bennison N wrote:
Just a question... Is this purely Western movies and swordsmen?


Hello
Any movies. I`ve seen alot of awsome sword fights in Japanese films. But I couldnt remember the names if my
hunkas depended on it:-)
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PostPosted: Fri 01 Nov, 2013 6:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

these two guys
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siCPozekiro

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Karl Knisley




PostPosted: Fri 01 Nov, 2013 10:25 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Boris R. wrote:
these two guys
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siCPozekiro


That was pretty cool ! That last cut, was like the old, fastest-gun-in-the-west, joke "Wa`na see it again?" :-)


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PostPosted: Fri 01 Nov, 2013 11:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This guy claim the place in my heart for how gory the battle is and quite realistic fight too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4gNebHf5nc

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PostPosted: Fri 01 Nov, 2013 12:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Bob Anderson gave Viggo Mortensen high praise for his work in The Lord of the Trilogy, going so far as to describe him as the best swordsman he had ever trained...
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PostPosted: Fri 01 Nov, 2013 2:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tim M. wrote:
Bob Anderson gave Viggo Mortensen high praise for his work in The Lord of the Trilogy, going so far as to describe him as the best swordsman he had ever trained...


Think he said the same about Antonio Banderas and Adrian Paul when he was working on their project's too,Wink
Did Bob appear on film or only fight co ordinater ?
personally I preferred F Braun Macash in direct comparison, as an FC,
Anthony De Longis, awesome swordsman,
both the above said AP was the best they'd worked with,Wink
As to Western only, I hope not,
loads of quality guys out there but as mentioned, remembering names is the hard part,
but Jet Lee, Donnie Yen, immediately spring to mind,
Sonny Chiba with nunchukas, was fantastic, haven't seen enough of his stuff if he's done the sword movies, but I expect he's up there etc,
my list was based on the best and most prolific swordsmen,
Is the end answer more the actor or the fight co that makes the actor look the part ?
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PostPosted: Sat 02 Nov, 2013 1:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Pretty sure Bob is one of the fighters on the frozen ice sequence in the Dick Lester Three Musketeers film. He is of course in the odd shot doubling for 'Darth' Prowse.
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PostPosted: Sun 03 Nov, 2013 2:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Foong Chen Hong wrote:
This guy claim the place in my heart for how gory the battle is and quite realistic fight too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4gNebHf5nc

Pity about the cinematography, though - the constant shaky cam just ruins it for me.

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PostPosted: Sun 03 Nov, 2013 4:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Lee O'Hagan wrote:

Did Bob appear on film or only fight co ordinater ?


He played Darth Vader - at least in the fight scenes - in some of the Original Starwars movies (I thought Empire and Return of the Jedi but Wikipedia says Empire and the original Star Wars) and in a couple of other films as well, though mostly as an uncredited stunt double. Not sure if that counts.

But while on the topic of Mr. Anderson, what's with Cary Elwes and Mandy Patinkin from the Princess Bride. They may only have one fight, but that is just awesome (and learning to fight with both right and left hand must be worth a mention Wink)

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Karl Knisley




PostPosted: Sat 08 Aug, 2015 7:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello
I just read Christopher Lee died a couple months ago. Bummer :-(
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PostPosted: Sun 09 Aug, 2015 11:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Toshiro Mifune. Hands down.

That I'm the first to mention his name in this thread makes me feel old.

"We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training" Archilochus, Greek Soldier, Poet, c. 650 BC
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Aug, 2015 6:40 pm    Post subject: Who are the best movie swordsmen?         Reply with quote

Many choices, but my favourites are:
Jason Momoa in Conan the Barbarian (2011)
Antonio Banderas in The 13th Warrior
Steven Seagal

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Aug, 2015 11:41 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Toshiro Mifune, closely followed by Sir Christopher Lee who holds the world record for the most swordfight scenes by an actor in cinema history. Happy
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