"Nasir" in Robin of Sherwood, "John Challenger" and Assistant Swordmaster to Bob Anderson on First Knight.
Mark Ryan told us the British Stunt Organization wanted to honor Bob Anderson with a 'handle' befitting him and reflecting their admiration and respect. Bob Anderson is known as "The Silver Blade". He related a rather amusing story about how he came to be Bob's assistant on First Knight. And that Bob says three things about the business: 1. Nothing's fair. 2. You're only as good as your last job. 3. Never let a producer or director get their hands on a sword.
About handling a sword Bob says this: Using a sword is like sex. It's all a matter of balance, leverage and timing.
How not to cut a bagel.
How not to open a pickle jar.
Mark is currently working as Sword Master for the Canadian television production of The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne.