Ken Adam, the German-born British production designer who created iconic sets for the James Bond film series and Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, died Thursday in London at the age of 95.
His death was announced by the official James Bond Twitter account, which said, “The Bond family mourns the passing of our beloved friend Sir Ken Adam who was so responsible for the visual style of the James Bond films.”
According to the BBC, which first reported the news, he died at his home after a short time in the hospital.
A former architecture student and Royal Air Force pilot, Adam was best known for his work on seven Bond movies, crafting high-tech villains’ lairs and tricked-out cars for Dr. No, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, and others.
He collaborated with Kubrick on Strangelove, with its bunker-like War Room, and Barry Lyndon, with its sumptuous Georgian interiors. His other credits included Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Addams Family Values, and The Ipcress File.
Adam won two Oscars, for Barry Lyndon (shared with Vernon Dixon and Roy Walker) and The Madness of King George (shared with Carolyn Scott).
Speaking to the BBC, biographer Christopher Frayling remembered Adam as “a brilliant visualizer of worlds we will never be able to visit ourselves.”