Syd Cain died in 2011 after more than half a century in the film industry and remains one of the most acclaimed production designers and art directors in British cinema history.
Cain published his autobiography in 2002, “Not Forgetting James Bond”, in which he talked about his time in the film business, with behind the scenes stories from films such as Frenzy, Lolita and Fahrenheit 451, as well as five Bond films; Dr No, From Russia With Love, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Live And Let Die and Goldeneye.
Although it has been unavailable for several years now, MI6 Confidential recently acquired a small number of signed first edition copies of “Not Forgetting James Bond”, which are now available for £60 each (excluding post and packing). The book is filled with humour, drama and exotic travel as he goes about his business over the years, working with some of the biggest names in cinema, including Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick.
As well as the items such as the buzz saw watch worn by Roger Moore in Live And Let Die, Cain was responsible for the chess match set at the beginning of From Russia With Love, and in his biography included photos from his personal collection that cannot be found elsewhere, as well as from the archives of Eon Productions.