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Sharks:'The biggest faux pas I made'
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The biggest faux pas I made was that Sean has to be in the pool, with the sharks, right. So I decided I'm going to build like a plexiglass corridor through the seawater pool, and the shark would swim behind it and Sean would be on the other side. Well, that was all very well but I couldn't get enough plexiglass, and I, you know, I even sent someone to Miami to try and get it but they couldn't get it, so I was missing a 4ft by 8ft sheet of plexiglass, and I thought the best thing was to put a... one of the Ivan Tors' underwater experts down there. And Sean is in the water and, of course, a shark is fed into that plexiglass corridor, and the first thing he does when he comes out of that gap... what happened to our Ivan Tors', man, up to this day I don't know, but we saw the shark coming in and we started screaming, 'Sean, get out, get out', and I've never seen Sean get out of the water that quickly. He was running on water, and, of course, by this time, the sharks, in any case, were too tired to do much damage, but it could have happened, 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: Miami, Sean Connery, Ivan Tors

Duration: 1 minute, 48 seconds

Date story recorded: December 2010 and January 2011

Date story went live: 14 October 2011