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[Q] Dennis Potter.

Dennis, yeah. Dennis was so excited about it he wrote a screenplay for the first, you know, use of the cinemas. And, then we had a big presentation in the main theatre at Fox with Marvin Davis, who was the Head of Fox, and all his minions around him and Danny Melnick, and they just flipped when they saw all the sketches and all that and... And I, with my crew, thought we were going to all be under contract for at least two or three years, you know, get his thing... And then, the whole thing collapsed and it was a strange reason.

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: 20th Century Fox, Dennis Potter, Marvin Davis, Daniel Melnick

Duration: 1 minute, 6 seconds

Date story recorded: December 2010 and January 2011

Date story went live: 18 November 2011