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Klaus Hugo Adam, later known as Sir Kenneth "Ken" Hugo Adam, OBE (5 February 192110 March 2016; age 95) was a renowned Berlin-born British production designer, Academy Award winner, and veteran of more than seventy films between 1948 and 2001.

Ken Adam Starship Enterprise design

Ken Adam's USS Enterprise concept

In the mid-1970's, Adam was commissioned to design the starship Enterprise, shuttlecraft and sets for the proposed film, Star Trek: Planet of the Titans. [1][2] [3]

Adam's designs for the film were further developed and illustrated by Ralph McQuarrie but the film was eventually shelved during pre-production. [4]

Adam is best known for the creation of revolutionary and iconic production designs for Dr. Strangelove and seven James Bond films, including You Only Live Twice and Moonraker. For the Bond films, he was renowned for integrating futurism with classical design elements.

This approach continued under his successors, Peter Lamont (1981 - 2006) and Dennis Gassner. Gassner's set designs for the Bond films, commencing with Quantum of Solace, were influenced by early Adam-designed sets.

Ken Adam is one of the few German nationals who served in the UK's Royal Air Force during World War II.

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