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Korda forms London Films


Francis Ford Coppola and Michael Powell
Ken Adam Artist
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Francis Ford Coppola. We became very friendly, he wanted me to design a film for him, but he was so impressed with the Powell and Pressburger setup in England that he wanted to base his studio on their studio.

And so he invited Powell over and we had several meetings together and Powell sort of became Coppola's technical advisor. And the film I was supposed to do for Coppola was never made, unfortunately.


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.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: Powell and Pressburger, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Duration: 50 seconds

Date story recorded: December 2010 and January 2011

Date story went live: 14 September 2011