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'I never thought I would see the end of the war'

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While I was in Hollywood I also had... I did other things. I was on the jury in Cannes in 1980, which I enjoyed, and... then became... was on several film festival juries and so on. And, I still enjoy, of course, seeing the films, here and now, seeing all the videos and, you know, on a big screen, a fairly big screen, for the Oscars – always a... you know, I enjoy... I enjoy doing it and it keeps me in touch with what is happening.

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: Academy Award

Duration: 1 minute, 1 second

Date story recorded: December 2010 and January 2011

Date story went live: 18 November 2011