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.
Nothing was taken very seriously, but everybody got into the spirit of these strange and certainly original sets with copper doors and gun metal sides and so on, and... it worked. But I only had a budget for ₤12,000, and I said to Cubby and Harry I couldn’t do it for that, I needed another ₤6,000 or ₤7,000, so they said, we’ve got another ₤7,000 for you, and the whole film was made for less than $1 million.