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Riverside Studios: how I got started in film


Spending another year in Germany after the war
Ken Adam Artist
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The ending of the war... I was another year in Germany to supervise these dienstgruppen who were extending the runway, and the airfield where I was commanding these dienstgruppen became the main supply route in the Airlift of Berlin, which was in fact unbelievable how they managed to… because I was making a film later on in Berlin and saw how these Americans used to fly. They flew from Münstdorf because the runway was concrete and they had more modern equipment.

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: Germany, Wold War II, Berlin, Münstdorf

Duration: 1 minute, 1 second

Date story recorded: December 2010 and January 2011

Date story went live: 15 August 2011