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Also Known As: Sir Ken Adam, Klaus Adam Died:
Born: February 5, 1921 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Berlin, DE Profession: production designer, assistant art director, draughtsman

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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).

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).

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1934:
Immigrated to England
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Worked at the architectural firm of C W Glover & Partners
1941:
Served in RAF; only German (native-born) fighter pilot with British troops
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Worked as draftsman; first film, "This Was a Woman"
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Worked as an associate or assistant art director; first film "Obsession/The Hidden Room"
1956:
First film as art director, "Soho Incident/Spin a Dark Web"
1964:
Earned notice for his designs of Stanley Kubrick's "Dr, Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"
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Education

University of London: -
Franzosische Gymnasium: -
Craigend Park School: -
St Paul's School: -
Bartlett School of Architecture, University of London: - 1937 - 1939

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wife:
Maria Letizia. Art director. Married on August 16, 1952.

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father:
Fritz Adam. Businessman. Died in London in the 1940s.
mother:
Lilli Adam. Ran a boarding house.

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