Mark Ryan
"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.

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