London, United Kingdom, October 04, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- The world-famous spy movie franchise is set to release the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, to a worldwide audience in October and November 2012. Peek behind the scenes of the world’s most-loved secret agent movies by watching the series of captivating video clips on Web of Stories.
Sir Ken Adam OBE (born in Berlin, 5 February 1921) is a production designer who made his name with his ground-breaking semi-futuristic sets for the James Bond films of the 1960s and 1970s, including Goldfinger, Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker. He also worked on Barry Lyndon and The Madness of King George, winning an Oscar for both films.
Watch the set designer share his Bond experiences, including his first reading of the Dr No script: "I got the first 100 pages of Dr No, and... I thought they were pretty awful, frankly."
He reminisces about a set on Dr No that had slipped his mind which, thanks to his ingenuity, went on to be the most successful set of the film: "There was a near disaster with the last set, which I’d forgotten about... So I came up with… a sort of a minimum set. I had one chair, I had a copper door and I had a table in the foreground with the cage and the tarantula – the real tarantula – in the cage. And strangely enough, I think it was probably one of the most effective sets of that film, and several critics remarked on it and said that this set the style for future Bond films."
He also recounts how sometimes things didn’t go to plan with the Bond sets, and how he had to use his creativity: "We had to do some shots on a real submarine, and the Americans had promised that we could use one of theirs and then they got cold feet… and then the Royal Navy turned us down as well, so we didn't have a submarine. And what we did… we cut one of the submarines into three or four pieces and put them on low loaders and took them somewhere down on the south coast, assembled the pieces and floated them on big drums, like a raft really, and if you look at the film you wouldn't tell the difference because Roger [Moore] and Barbara Bach are lowered down from a helicopter into the conning tower of the submarine, and you would really believe it's a... real submarine floating at sea."
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