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The Ipcress File


Sharks: '... then suddenly they attack'
Ken Adam Artist
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Apart from one of... someone underwater was being injured by these bloody weapons, and things, and... we really had very little problem with the sharks themselves. Even though the underwater cameraman, was a man called Lamar Boren, who had spent, I think, 5,000 hours underwater shooting sharks and... on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and he said to me, 'Ken, it's like any other wild animal, eight times out of 10 they're not doing anything to you, and then suddenly they attack'. And they were working in cages, and... they tried even to get into the cages, and so on, so it was a new experience for all of us.

Sir Kenneth Adam (1921-2016), OBE, born Klaus Hugo Adam, was 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: Great Barriere Reef, Australia, Lamar Boren

Duration: 1 minute, 2 seconds

Date story recorded: December 2010 and January 2011

Date story went live: 14 October 2011