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Ken Adam and the Art of Production Design - Christopher Frayling

Ken Adam and the Art of Production Design

Paperback Published: 15th September 2005
ISBN: 9780571220571
Number Of Pages: 320

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Go behind the curtain of one of the film world’s least understood art forms with the visual architect of 007


Who can forget the eloquence, sex appeal, and sheer luck of James Bond? The bombshells may vary, Bond might be played by Sean Connery or Roger Moore, but the style remains constant, an expectant suit of clothes simply waiting for the right actor to dive in and hoist his (shaken) martini in the air. Populated with international intrigue and riddled with gadgets, the world of Bond introduced a new kind of cinema, the look and feel of which was engineered by Ken Adam.

The mastermind behind seven of the first eleven Bond films, including Dr. No, Adam has been lauded as one of the world’s greatest production designers. First recognized during the filming of Around the World in Eighty Days, he has managed to cultivate a rapt following in one of the cinema’s most underappreciated professions, and with it a reputation for grandly expressionistic sets, such as the war room in Dr. Strangelove and Blofeld’s volcanic headquarters in You Only Live Twice. In this career-spanning series of interviews with Christopher Frayling, Adam shares the inspiration behind his work—from rebuilding eighteenth-century galleons to designing Bond’s moonbuggy—in the process revealing little-known anecdotes of a life begun in Weimar Berlin and nearly ended in World War II, only to piece itself back together and revolutionize the medium of film in its color-saturated golden age.


Prologuep. vii
Growing up in Berlin and Londonp. 1
609 Squadronp. 23
Draughtsman to Art Directorp. 41
Production Designerp. 80
Working with Stanley Kubrickp. 103
Designing James Bondp. 137
Hollywoodp. 192
On the World Stagep. 228
Back to Berlinp. 264
Epilogue: Reflectionsp. 288
Indexp. 303
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ISBN: 9780571220571
ISBN-10: 0571220576
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 15th September 2005
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 1.02
Edition Number: 1