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Redesigning the Dr Strangelove war room


The naivety of Stanley Kubrick and Barbra Streisand
Ken Adam Artist
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That apparent naivety... was not something artificial, it was… I found it also the first time I met Barbra Streisand.  You know... they were from a Jewish family living in the Bronx or somewhere, and... very bright, obviously, and highly intelligent, but they both... I mean I brought in Streisand because I did a picture with her... independently, sort of asked questions, questions , questions, why did you do this and so on, and I told Barbra, ‘You remind me of Stanley’.  I thought Stanley reminded me of Barbra, 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: The Bronx, Barbra Streisand, Stanley Kubrick

Duration: 52 seconds

Date story recorded: December 2010 and January 2011

Date story went live: 14 October 2011