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The last time I had to build a boat


The Trojan horse
Ken Adam Artist
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The horse was quite beautiful. We had a local sculptor, really, design it, and then we built it out of wood, and probably it... it was the best looking Trojan horse that's ever been done. It was really fantastic! And we had the Greeks coming out at night time, out of a sort of flap in... in the belly.

And it was one of the best scenes in the... in the film, you see, by that time the film was over really, because you had... we had the chariot fight between Hector and Achilles. Achilles was played by Stanley Baker and Hector was an English actor whose name now escapes me, but a very well-known actor, and of course stuntmen to Stanley, and... and it was really exciting.

And Bob Wise was a very good director, you know, he did a lot of those sequences, and this film, if you get a chance to see it, it's a film worthwhile seeing, yes. It was very well done.

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: Helen of Troy, Stanley Baker, Harry Andrews, Bob Wise

Duration: 1 minute, 44 seconds

Date story recorded: December 2010 and January 2011

Date story went live: 14 September 2011