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Sir Ken Adam (1921 – 2016)

Born in Berlin, Ken Adam moved to London as a teenager with his Jewish family. He studied architecture, then had a successful RAF career as a pilot in World War II. Given his German birth, had he been captured, he would have been treated as a traitor. After the War, Ken began his career as a draughtsman on film sets. Having worked for producer Cubby Broccoli on The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960), he was appointed production designer on the first 007 adventure, Dr No (1962), from which moment on he became an architect not just of the sets but of the entire series’ success. He designed seven Bonds, culminating with Moonraker (1979), and worked on many other films including The Ipcress File (1965), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and Dr Strangelove (1963), one of several movies he designed for Stanley Kubrick. From five Oscar nominations, Ken won twice, for Barry Lyndon (1976) and The Madness of King George (1995). He will be remembered as one of the great designers of the cinema.