Ken Adam (I) (1921–2016)


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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 or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). His first major screen credit was as production designer on the British thriller Spin a Dark Web (1956). In 1961 he was hired ... See full bio »

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(age 95) in London, England, UK

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Spy Who Loved Me Production Designer
(1977)
Barry Lyndon Production Designer
(1975)
Thunderball Production Designer
(1965)

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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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[Discussing his ambitious volcano set for the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967): "The challenge appealed to me also, the shape of the volcano. I knew if it didn't work I'd never work in movies again. [Producer] Cubby Broccoli asked me how much it would cost. I quoted him a million dollars, which at that time was a huge amount of money. He said if I could do it for a million, then do it. ... See more »

Trivia:

His talent has won him a First Prize at Moscow Film Festival and numerous awards at the French and Italian film festivals. 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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