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The naivety of Stanley Kubrick and Barbra Streisand


Dr Strangelove: driving Kubrick no faster than 30mph
Ken Adam Artist
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He was younger than me, but we were both young, and he insisted on my driving him to and from Shepperton Studios every day in my E Type Jaguar, but not in excess of 30mph, which was quite difficult. And I don’t think there are many people who spend probably five months on a film, every day an hour-and-a-half to and from the studio, with a director.  So what was very useful for me, and also for him, that I knew any changes of mine and the way his brain was functioning and so on, and as a result, I probably had the closest relationship I’ve ever had with a director.

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: E Type Jaguar, Shepperton Studios, Stanley Kubrick

Duration: 1 minute, 4 seconds

Date story recorded: December 2010 and January 2011

Date story went live: 14 October 2011