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The director was also a tough guy, Raoul Walsh, you know, a famous stunt director and so on. And the first day of shooting... and you know it wasn't easy, because the ship didn't have the right engine, so I had to have tugs standing by, and they were trying to get the ship as near as possible to the Cap Ferrat, you see. And just as I'm, with a naval guy trying… the engine couldn't go astern or something, the American Sixth Fleet came sailing into the bay at Villefranche, and Raoul Walsh sent his second, first assistant director to the Commander of the American Fleet, and said, 'Will you please get out of our shot?' And they did, you know! I don't think they would do it today, but it was unbelievable, you know.

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: Cap Ferret, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Captain Horatio Hornblower, Raoul Walsh

Duration: 1 minute, 15 seconds

Date story recorded: December 2010 and January 2011

Date story went live: 14 September 2011