Birthday of Ken Adam [1921]


Legendary Production Designer Ken Adam was born in Berlin on 5th February 1921. Born into a wealthy Jewish family, his parents were forced to flee Nazi Germany with their children and settled in the UK, where he later trained as an architect.

Adam’s sets were an essential part of many of the early James Bond films and have been hugely influential on production design.

He worked on the first James Bond film, Dr No, in 1962 followed by Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967) and Diamonds Are Forever (1971), provided the supertanker set for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and bowed out of the Bond series with Moonraker (1979).

If you would like to learn more about the life and work of Ken Adam you may be interested in the following books, available from Amazon:

Ken Adam Designs the Movies: James Bond and Beyond
by Ken Adam and Christopher Frayling
Available from [Amazon UK] and [Amazon US]

Ken Adam and the Art of Production Design
by Christopher Frayling
Available from [Amazon UK] and [Amazon US]


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