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William Hobbs (1939–2018)

William Hobbs was a fight director, stuntman and actor, the son of an RAF pilot killed during the closing stages of World War II. He was brought up and schooled in Australia, had an early background in amateur dramatics and took up fencing in 1954. A natural swordsman, he narrowly missed out on making the Aussie squad for the 1957 Melbourne ... See full bio »


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 2005 Casanova (fencing arranger - as Bill Hobbs)
 2004 George and the Dragon (fight arranger)
 2002 Il trovatore (TV Movie) (fight arranger)
 2002 The Count of Monte Cristo (fight arranger - as Bill Hobbs)
 2001 The Mists of Avalon (TV Mini Series) (fight arranger - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.1 (2001) ... (fight arranger)
- Episode #1.2 (2001) ... (fight arranger)
 2000 The Last Musketeer (TV Movie) (fencing master)
 1999 Sunshine (fight choreographer - uncredited)
 1998 Shakespeare in Love (fight arranger)
 1998/I The Man in the Iron Mask (sword fight arranger)
 1998 Dangerous Beauty (fight choreographer)
 1995 Carrington (fight arranger)
 1992 Gøngehøvdingen (TV Series) (fight director - 6 episodes)
- Rotter på loftet (1992) ... (fight director)
- Brevet (1992) ... (fight director)
- Blandt de balsamerede (1992) ... (fight director)
- Forræderen (1992) ... (fight director)
- Død mand ønskes (1992) ... (fight director)
 1991 Robin Hood (fight arranger)
 1990 Hamlet (duel arranger)
 1990 Cyrano de Bergerac (fight arranger)
 1989 The Return of the Musketeers (fight arranger)
 1988 Dangerous Liaisons (duel coordinator)
 1988 Willow (fight arranger)
 1986 Pirates (fight stager)
 1985 Ladyhawke (fight arranger)
 1983 The Crimson Permanent Assurance (Short) (fight arranger)
 1983 King Lear (TV Movie) (fight arranger - as Bill Hobbs)
 1983 The Meaning of Life (fight arranger - segment "The Crimson Permanent Assurance")
 1982 King Lear (TV Movie) (fight arranger)
 1981 Excalibur (fight arranger)
 1980 Flash Gordon (co-ordinator of action and movement - as Bill Hobbs)
 1977 Death or Freedom (fight arranger)
 1977 Treasure Island (TV Mini Series) (fencing coach)
 1977 The Duellists (fight director)
 1976 Robin and Marian (fight arranger)
 1975 The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (fight arranger and advisor)
 1975 Royal Flash (fight director)
 1974 The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (fight director)
 1973 The Three Musketeers (fight director)
 1966 Theatre 625 (TV Series) (fight arranger - 1 episode)
- The Queen & the Welshman (1966) ... (fight arranger)
 1965 Othello (fight arranger)
 1962 Damn the Defiant! (fight arranger)
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Hobbs, William 'Fight Direction For Stage And Screen' (A & C Black Limited, 1995) See more »

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Janet Riley  (his death)  (2 children)

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To date, Hobbs is the only fight choreographer to have worked on English movie adaptations of all three of Dumas' Musketeer novels. With The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers (1974) being based on the original novel, The Return of the Musketeers (1989) based on 'Twenty Years After', and The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) based on the third section of the novel 'The Vicomte of ... See more »

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