Sir Ken Adam
1921 – 2016
It is with great sadness that I have to report about the death of yet another great legend today. Legendary production designer Sir Ken Adam passed away today after a short time in hospital. He was 95.
Probably noone influenced the look and feel of the James Bond films like Berlin-born Adam, who designed the impressive sets for seven Bond thrillers. Famous for his design technique, he helped to shape the world of Bond and provided us with breathtaking villain lairs like the volcano hideout in “You Only Live Twice” (1967) or the Moonraker base in the 1979 film with the same name.
For me, the news is particularly sad two days ahead of the World Premiere of my documentary film “A Bond For Life” for which I had the honor to interview the two-time Oscar winner almost a year ago. Adams open and warm personality had made this 45 minute meeting in Berlin a memorable experience which I will treasure forever. Adam was also a honorary member of the James Bond Club Germany.
Sir Ken was a legend, a true artist and a connoisseur of life. Though he may be gone, his work and the inspiration he provided to future designers in this field will live on forever.
My thoughts are with his wife Lady Letizia and his family.