Sir Kenneth Adam, OBE, born Klaus Hugo Adam in 1921, is a production designer famous for his set designs for the James Bond films of the 1960s and 1970s. Initially, he trained as an architect in London, but in October 1943, he became one of only two German-born fighter pilots to fly with the RAF in wartime. He joined 609 Squadron where he flew the Hawker Typhoon fighter bomber. After the war, he entered the film industry, initially as a draughtsman on "This Was a Woman". His portfolio of work includes "Barry Lyndon" and "The Madness of King George"; he won an Oscar for both films. Having a close relationship with Stanley Kubrick, he also designed the set for the iconic war room in "Dr Strangelove". Sir Ken Adam was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.
I really had fulfilled all my ambitions in a way, except, until about four years ago. I was asked by Electronic Arts to design some of their, one of their... it was a Bondianthing and so I did that, you know, which was a complete departure really because I did it here and used to send them faxes with my sketches.
[Q] This is a computer game?
Yeah, a computer... a video game, yeah. And, I went out there too, and it was, you know, a new technology and so on, but it wasn't really film making, you know.