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It was very interesting to see the relationship between Larry and Michael, because Michael was very nervous at the time, but funnily enough Larry was too because he was young upcoming star, and I sometimes… Larry sometimes invited me to lunch in his dressing room, and it was fascinating for me to... when he talked to me and told me some of his stories and so on, and he knew that Michael was good, and he knew that he had to pull out all the stops as an actor to... to deal with Michael's performance, and so it was a very exciting new experience for really 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: Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier

Duration: 1 minute, 12 seconds

Date story recorded: December 2010 and January 2011

Date story went live: 18 November 2011