- “…shares sketches, concept art and photos from the artist’s own collection. Commentary and interviews provide context and insight, but the man’s body of work really speaks for itself.”
- “Looking through this staggering amount of work… Adam’s vision is constantly clear, concise, creative and ambitious, and it soon becomes obvious why he left such an indelible mark on his craft, his industry and, more widely, the history of cinema.”
- “A good film production designer must be an architect, engineer, painter, decorator, draughtsman and visionary. Sir Ken Adam was all of these and more.”
The Ken Adam ArchiveEdition of 1,200Hardcover bound in iridescent bicolor fabric with tipped-in, four-phase lenticular, 36 x 36 cm (14.2 x 14.2 in.), 3.88 kg (8.54 lb), 360 pages, with acrylic, engraved bookstand1000Edition: English Availability: June 4, 2023Pre-orders Terms and Conditions
Collector’s Edition of 1,200 numbered copies, each signed by Sir Ken Adam
The Ken Adam Archive1000
The Man Who Drew the Cold War
The production designs of the Oscar-winning Sir Ken Adam
Whether in the sprawling extravagance of You Only Live Twice’s volcanic lair, or the unassuming simplicity of the sinister anteroom in Dr. No, Adam’s designs were indispensable to the look and feel of seven of the early James Bond films. In The Ken Adam Archive, his artworks are carefully complimented by a wealth of behind-the-scenes photographs, documents, and archival material on the films, courtesy of EON Productions.
Not only did Adam craft the space stations, bunkers, and laboratories of 007’s villains, he was responsible for many of his memorable vehicles, as whimsical as they were menacing: from the amphibious Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me to Goldfinger’s gadget-laden Aston Martin DB5, the ultimate combination of futuristic weaponry and tongue-in-cheek wit.
The book also recalls, through a series of illuminating interviews between Adam and author Sir Christopher Frayling, the highs and lows of his close but tumultuous collaborations with Stanley Kubrick – including the design of the War Room in Dr. Strangelove – alongside many more standout moments from his career. Steven Spielberg called the War Room “the best set in the history of the movies”.
Accompanied by authoritative essays and introductions from Frayling, who is also Adam’s biographer, The Ken Adam Archive reflects upon the life and work of the German-British refugee and fighter pilot who would go on to realize a celebrated career in production design, spanning seven decades and over 50 films.
Collector’s Edition of 1,200 numbered copies, each signed by Sir Ken Adam, with acrylic, engraved bookstand
Sir Ken Adam, born 1921 in Berlin, first trained as an architect before starting out in the movie industry as a draughtsman. He progressed quickly to art director and production designer on several major films, including Around the World in Eighty Days, Night of the Demon, and The Trials of Oscar Wilde. Known particularly for his semi-futuristic designs and use of modern technologies and materials, Adam collaborated with such top class directors as John Ford, Jacques Tourneur, Robert Aldrich, and of course Stanley Kubrick.
Born in 1946, Sir Christopher Frayling is a renowned British author, writer and critic. With a particular interest in popular culture, he taught at the University of Bath and also served as the Rector of the Royal College of Art. As chairman of the Arts and the Design Council and former governor of the British Film Institute, he is a leading voice in the world of movie and design history.
The Ken Adam ArchiveEdition of 1,200Hardcover bound in iridescent bicolor fabric with tipped-in, four-phase lenticular, 36 x 36 cm (14.2 x 14.2 in.), 3.88 kg (8.54 lb), 360 pages, with acrylic, engraved bookstand
ISBN 978-3-8365-5187-8Edition: English
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