With the release this week of the award-winning drama Fences, we were asked to do a feature on great movie fences. Unfortunately we misheard the brief, so as it’s already written we hope you enjoy the following onslaught of swashbuckling action!
Warning, some clips contain spoilers.
Tristan (Charlie Cox) & Septimus (Mark Strong)
OK, so it isn’t exactly the most riveting sword scene in the history of movies. Ah, but it does have one very redeeming feature, in that one of the combatants is a zombie! We’re pretty sure he’s doing most of the moves from Michael Jackson’s Thriller clip while trying to take down young Tristan, too.
James Bond (Pierce Brosnan)
Die Another Day (2002)
With a name like “Pierce”, Brosnan had to be handy with a pointy thing, right? Right?! Ahem. Anyway, he introduced us to a skilful new side of Bond’s repertoire as he and Madonna exchanged tips. Why? because he’s worth it…
Quote: “I have been known to keep my tip up.”
Zorro (Antonio Banderas) & Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones)
The Mask of Zorro (1998)
Is it a sword fight, or is it a love scene? Yes, and yes! There’s swashing, there’s buckling, there’s clashing swords and even a roll in the hay. If you can’t bear historical misogynists then you may wish to steer clear, but otherwise this is a fun twist on the classic duel.
Quote: “Do you surrender?”
Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) & Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Will and Sparrow exchange blows by sword and an anagram thereof (that’d be “words”). He may look like the drunken pirate, and he might sound like the drunken pirate, but this Sparrow chap can still carry out some deft moves. Plus nobody says “strumpet” like him.
Quote: “You seem somewhat familiar. Have I threatened you before?”
Hector (Eric Bana) & Achilles (Brad Pitt)
Bigger than your average swordfight (but not Ben Hur), this one starts out with spears and shields then just escalates from there until, erm, ouch! Aussie Eric Bana proves he’s certainly no fool with a weapon – and Braddles ain’t no slouch, either.
Quote: “I’ve seen this moment in my dreams.”
The Dread Pirate Roberts (Cary Elwes) & Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Best. Duelling. Ever. The longest swordfight in a movie – at least the last time we checked – this is yet another perfect moment in an almost perfect movie. Plus, we know something about the two combatants that you don’t. Well, unless you’ve seen the movie (or watch the clip), and if you haven’t then you really should!
Quote: “You are wonderful!”