Bond, Kubrick Designer Ken Adam Has Died

Oscar winning production designer Ken Adam died today in London at the age of 95 according to The BBC.

Adam is most famous for creating the iconic and sprawling lairs of the supervillains who populated the Sean Connery and Roger Moore-era James Bond films. His designs included the Crab Key complex in “Dr. No,” the Fort Knox interiors on “Goldfinger,” the volcano lair of “You Only Live Twice,” Stromberg’s supertanker and Atlantis sets in “The Spy Who Loved Me,” and Drax’s space station in “Moonraker”. He also did the production design on “Thunderball” and “Diamonds Are Forever”.

Adams’ work extended well beyond the Bond franchise though, such as two films in the anti-Bond Harry Palmer film series with Michael Caine – “The Ipcress File” and “Funeral in Berlin”. He was a favorite of Stanley Kubrick following his design of the famous war room for “Dr. Strangelove”. He was offered “2001” but turned it down, though he re-united with Kubrick on “Barry Lyndon”. He designed the iconic car from “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” and did uncredited work on both “Around the World in 80 Days” and “Ben-Hur”.

Other films that used him as a production designer included “Goodbye, Mr. Chips, “Agnes of God,” “Addams Family Values,” “Salon Kitty,” “Sleuth,” “Undercover Blues,” “Crimes of the Heart ,” “The Seven-Per-Cent Solution,” “Woman of Straw,” “The Madness of King George,” “In & Out,” “Boys on the Side” and the BBC’s “Pennies from Heaven” mini-series. His last credit was on the 2004 video game “GoldenEye: Rogue Agent”.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Letizia, whom he married in 1952.

Source: Variety