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The first time I received recognition from the British press
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It was the first time that the British press... that I got... you know, articles in the British press about the design of the film, and then I got... from Luchino Visconti, who was the President of the Russian Film Festival, I think it was in 1971 or... yes, I think, ’71 and... he gave me the first prize for the art direction of that film, and it was really the first time... that I got good reviews, personal reviews, in the English press, and so on.  And it was really a very nice picture, and, you know, when you think back, I had forgotten that I had done this for Cubby Broccoli, but that was one of the reasons, when he did the Bonds, he and Harry Saltzman, they came up with me to design the Bonds.

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: Russian Film Festival, 1971, Albert R Broccoli, Luchino Visconti, Harry Saltzman

Duration: 1 minute, 24 seconds

Date story recorded: December 2010 and January 2011

Date story went live: 14 September 2011