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Ken Adam (I) (1921–2016)


Ken Adam was a British movie production designer, best known for his set designs for the James Bond films of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as for Dr. Strangelove (1964). His first major screen credit was as production designer on the British thriller Soho Incident (1956). In 1961 he was hired for the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962). Adam did not... See full bio »

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(age 95) in London, England, UK

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Goldfinger
Goldfinger Production Designer
(1964)
Dr. No
Dr. No Production Designer
(1962)
Barry Lyndon
Barry Lyndon Production Designer
(1975)

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3 Print Biographies | 2 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Kenneth Adam | Sir Ken Adam | Kenneth Adams | Ken Adams
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Personal Quote:

Films, being a visual entertainment, should offer a form of escapism for an audience. I can achieve more reality in terms of dramatic value for the screenplay by not copying nature, architecture or whatever really exists. See more »

Trivia:

The same year that "Goldfinger" captivated audiences, Ken Adam created another memorable set, the gigantic war room in Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove." Adam and Kubrick clicked during the making of the film. Adam drove Kubrick to the set every day. "He insisted that I didn't exceed 30 miles an hour," Adam said. "But if you are with a director almost every day for five months, driving an hour ... See more »

Trademark:

He often uses timeless production design, and future-look combined with old culture design.

Nickname:

Heinie the Tank-buster

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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