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Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000)

A look at the Oscar-winning production designer.

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A look at the Oscar-winning production designer.

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A man of many set pieces
18 March 2008 | by (Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This pleasant little tribute to Ken Adam, the man who defined the look of the Bond films tells us a bit about the man's background (he fled Germany in 1934 and became the only German to fly for the R.A.F. during World War II) and sees him reminiscing about all seven of the Bonds he designed. Old photographs show him smoking a pipe, but during the Bond years, as well as over the course of his interview, Ken is never without a stogie. Adams found ways to craft gigantic sets, filled with scarce furniture, to broaden the scope of Ian Flemming's creation on film. His developed a style that is still evident in the series today and here he is celebrated for it by colleagues and peers.

The first set of his to really make an impression in the spy series was the room in which Dent was interrogated by Dr. No in the film named after the not so good doctor. Ken reveals that the most difficult set to work with was the Disco Volante in 'Thunderball' (the breakaway 'cocoon' was a fabrication of his added to a real yacht), with the water bed from 'Diamonds are Forever' coming in a close second. His favorite set by far, and probably his most famous one, was the submarine hangar from 'The Spy Who Loved Me', hence this documentary being on the disc for that particular movie. Also, some of the footage overlaps with the longer feature 'Inside The Spy Who Loved Me'

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