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Interview with Ken Adam about Dr. No (1962)

By: FSWL team
Ken Adam James Bond interview
FSWL contributor Sascha Braun caught up with the legendary German-born production designer Sir Ken Adam, who rose to fame as a result of his futuristic constructions for unforgettable James Bond sets in the 1960 and 1970s, to talk about his work on the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962).

>Read the full interview with Sir Ken Adam about his work on DR NO

From Berlin (via London) to Hollywood: Following his flight from his native country under National Socialism, and his voluntary service as a fighter pilot with the Royal Air Force in World War II, Ken Adam’s work in the film industry signified for him both new freedom and an exploration of the world. He met Letizia Moauro during film production on the island of Ischia in 1951. The couple married the following year and she has been his most important adviser ever since.

Letizia Adam also encouraged her husband to use a reduced, but nevertheless dynamic drawing style, with which he has designed film sets since the end of the 1950s. Using his new tool, a Flo-Master felt-tip pen, he sketched vibrantly energetic spaces that are unmistakably his own.

Adam’s work on more than 70 feature films, including some exotic locations, turned the couple into global citizens and correspondingly into members of the jet set. Ken Adam worked in Hollywood in the 1980s and 1990s, where his house was frequented by movie celebrities.

The Adams now live in London again, where Sir Ken continues to work at his drawing table and preserved the collection of his designs until he entrusted them to the Deutsche Kinemathek.


Photo above:
Sir Ken Adam's sketch for the "Tarantula Room" in Dr. No now on display at the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin. © Ken Adam Archive. All rights reserved.

Watch out on the official website for the latest information on the Ken Adam exhibit in Berlin.



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