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Ken Adam (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:

[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:

"Goldfinger" gave Ken Adam a chance to think bigger, and he indulged his taste for impudent fantasy. The "Goldfinger" movie introduced 007's Aston Martin with all kinds of hidden gadgets and weaponry. "The ejector seat was an idea that came from my days as a pilot," Adam said. Another of the film "Goldfinger" choice scenes finds Sean Connery as Bond spread-eagled on a table as a laser beam slices... 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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