Ken Adam

Production designer, Assistant art director, Draughtsman
Acclaimed art director Adam helped to define the 1960s and 70s look of the spy thriller with the James Bond films ("Goldfinger" 1964, "You Only Live Twice" 1967, "The Spy Who Loved Me" 1977). Born in Berlin in 1921, he ... Read more »
Born: 02/04/1921 in Berlin, DE

Filmography

Art Department (49)

Taking Sides 2003 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Out-Of-Towners 1999 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

In & Out 1997 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Bogus 1996 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Boys on the Side 1995 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Madness of King George 1994 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Addams Family Values 1993 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Undercover Blues 1993 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Company Business 1991 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Doctor 1991 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Freshman 1990 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Dead Bang 1989 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Deceivers 1988 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Crimes of the Heart 1986 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Agnes of God 1985 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

King David 1985 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Moonraker 1979 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Moonraker 1979 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Barry Lyndon 1975 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Seven Per-Cent Solution 1975 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Madam Kitty 1974 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Sleuth 1972 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Last of Sheila 1972 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Diamonds Are Forever 1971 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1969 (Movie)

production design (Production Designer)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1968 (Movie)

production design (Production Designer)

You Only Live Twice 1967 (Movie)

production design (Production Designer)

Funeral in Berlin 1966 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Thunderball 1965 (Movie)

production design (Production Designer)

Dr. Strangelove 1964 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Goldfinger 1964 (Movie)

production design (Production Designer)

The Ipcress File 1964 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Woman of Straw 1964 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Dr. No 1963 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Dr. No 1963 (Movie)

(Art Department)

In the Cool of the Day 1963 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Sodoma e Gomorra 1961 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Let's Get Married 1960 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

The Trials of Oscar Wilde 1959 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Curse of the Demon 1958 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Gideon's Day 1958 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Ten Seconds to Hell 1958 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

The Angry Hills 1958 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Spin a Dark Web 1957 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Around the World in 80 Days 1956 (Movie)

(Europe) (Art Director)

Helen of Troy 1956 (Movie)

art direction assistant (Assistant Art Director)

The Intruder 1955 (Movie)

art direction assistant (Assistant Art Director)

The Crimson Pirate 1952 (Movie)

art direction assistant (Assistant Art Director)
Production Management (1)

The Owl and the Pussycat 1970 (Movie)

production design supervisor (Production Supervisor)
Producer (1)

Pennies From Heaven 1981 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Actor (1)
Other (4)

Pennies From Heaven 1981 (Movie)

visual consultant (Consultant)

The Long Ships 1963 (Movie)

initial designs (Other)

Ben-Hur 1959 (Movie)

(Research)

The Queen of Spades 1947 (Movie)

draftsman (Other)

Biography

Acclaimed art director Adam helped to define the 1960s and 70s look of the spy thriller with the James Bond films ("Goldfinger" 1964, "You Only Live Twice" 1967, "The Spy Who Loved Me" 1977). Born in Berlin in 1921, he immigrated to England in the mid-30s and served as the only German-born fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II. Adam entered films in the late 40s and, in addition to the Bond films, worked as art director on a number of critically-praised features including "Around the World in Eighty Days" (1956), Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove" (1963) and "Barry Lyndon" (1975), Herbert Ross' "Pennies From Heaven" (1980), "Crimes of the Heart" (1986), "Addams Family Values" (1993) and "The Madness of King George" (1995).

Relationships

Fritz Adam

Father
died in London in the 1940s

Lilli Adam

Mother
ran a boarding house

Maria Letizia

Wife
married on August 16, 1952

EDUCATION

Bartlett School of Architecture, University of London

1937 - 1939

Franzosische Gymnasium

Berlin

University of London

St Paul's School

Craigend Park School

Milestones

1964

Earned notice for his designs of Stanley Kubrick's "Dr, Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"

1956

First film as art director, "Soho Incident/Spin a Dark Web"

1940

Served in RAF; only German (native-born) fighter pilot with British troops

1934

Immigrated to England

Worked as an associate or assistant art director; first film "Obsession/The Hidden Room"

Worked at the architectural firm of C W Glover & Partners

Worked as draftsman; first film, "This Was a Woman"

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