Sir Ken Adam was recently honoured with the 2008 Lucky Strike Award. The leading international designer prize was awarded by the Raymond Lowey Foundation along with the prize money of 50,000 €.
007 Magazine OnLine reports that this marks the first time the Foundation has honoured a production designer. ‘Ken Adam created unique cinematic worlds, illusions on film whose images, spaces and products remain alive in the collective memory of entire generations,’ they stated.
He will be presented with the award at a 13 November ceremony taking place at the Berlin cinema Kino Kosmos.
James Bond fans are well acquanted with Sir Ken’s contributions to the 007 series, whether they recognize it or not. The legendary designer worked on seven films in the series–Dr. No, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds are Forever, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker–and was responsible for creating some of the most innovative and majestic sets to ever grace the Bond films. Well-known examples include Fort Knox, Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s volcano headquarters and the Liparus supertanker.
In addition, he returned to the world of Bond in 2004 by contributing to the Electronic Arts (EA) videogame, GoldenEye: Rogue Agent.
Visit 007 Magazine OnLine to read more about the award and Sir Ken’s response.
For more on Ken Adam’s contributions to the world of Bond, check out the recently released book by Adam and Christopher Frayling, Ken Adam Designs the Movies: James Bond and Beyond.
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