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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 »

Died:

(age 95) in London, England, UK

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

Known For

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Barry Lyndon Production Designer
(1975)
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(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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Personal Quote:

[on designing the first James Bond film]: I felt I needed to work in England pretty soon, lest I be forgotten.I said yes to "Dr. No", and thought I was prostituting myself. See more »

Trivia:

After the war, Adam started working as a film assistant art director. He was hired to assist veteran production designer William Cameron Menzies ("Gone With The Wind") on the Oscar-winning 1956 film "Mike Todd's Around The World in 80 Days," which launched his career. In an interview at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival "Goldfinger" screening, Adam spoke about the start of his career. "Menzies was an... 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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