MI6 previews the new book "Designing The Movies
- James Bond and Beyond" by legendary production
designer Sir Ken Adam...
Ken Adam Designs The Movies - Preview
12th June 2008
Ken Adam Designs The Movies, James Bond and Beyond -
by Sir Ken Adam and Sir Christopher Frayling
Ken Adam is the most distinguished living production designer in the world. His
work spans seven decades and more than seventy-five movies, from his revolutionary
designs for the first seven James Bond movies to work on Stanley Kubrick’s
Barry Lyndon and Alan Bennett’s The Madness of King George, for both
of which he won an Oscar.
Born in Germany, Adam trained in London as an
architect, and his first Art Director credit was on Around the
World in Eighty
Days in 1956. He has subsequently worked in Hollywood, Italy,
and Germany as well as Britain.
Ken Adam’s extensive personal archive of concept sketches,
drawings, set stills, and photographs from every stage of his
career forms the basis of this book. Using case studies from
the 1950s to the present day, it shows the whole cycle of his
production designs, from initial concept to what appears on the
screen itself. The result encapsulates the evolving role of the
Art Director and Production Designer from the golden age of the
big studios to the digital fantasies of the early twenty-first
The commentary is by Christopher Frayling, Rector of the Royal
College of Art, London, Chairman of the Arts Council, England,
Chairman of the UK’s Design Council, and a Trustee of the
Victoria & Albert Museum.
Illustrations: 250; 180 in colour
Size: 13" x 9"
R.R.P: £32 / $65
Released: 29th September 2008 (UK) / 27th November 2008 (USA)
Publisher: Thames & Hudson