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What we did in the evenings while shooting


Sean Connery's slap
Ken Adam Artist
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Sean... apparently... he had to slap the face of Gina, in a row or something, and he slapped her too hard and we couldn't shoot with her for about two or three days, because her face swelled up, you know. So these things do happen in films as well, but otherwise I can't really remember anything. Yes, there were things too, because we had a yacht in it, and we thought, great, you know, we'll take the whole unit out on the yacht and... and shoot the scenes actual. Well, the first one who was seasick was Sean. Oh, I'm sure he wouldn't like to hear about it, but… you know, because he had been in the navy before, or something like that. And half the unit was seasick, too, so that... that didn't work out so well, but otherwise I can't, at this moment, remember.

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: Sean Connery, Gina Lollobrigida

Duration: 1 minute, 12 seconds

Date story recorded: December 2010 and January 2011

Date story went live: 14 October 2011