Visitors will travel through a gun
barrel tunnel and receive their
briefing in 'Ms" office as they enter
the exhibit "Bond. James Bond"
at Henry Ford Museum.
This page, clockwise
from left bottom:
Behind the Scenes
The Bond film series probably never would have gotten off the ground
without the late Harry Saltzman, the Jewish co-producer of every Bond
flick from 1962's Dr. No through 1974's Man With the Golden Gun.
Saltzman started with nothing and gradually rose in the world of enter-
tainment production. He put up $1 million to finance Dr. No, the first
Bond movie. Sadly, some business reversals forced him to sell his rights
to the Bond movies in 1975.
Yes, the first Bond film cost only $1 million — not a lot even in 1962.
Nonetheless, visually the film was exciting — especially the lair of the
evil "Dr. No."
The film's production designer was the great Ken Adam, a two-time
Oscar winner for art direction. Adam was born in 1921 as Klaus Adam,
in Berlin. His family fled Nazi Germany for Britain. He became an "ace"
fighter pilot during WWII. Adam studied architecture, and his training
is evident in his films.
He conceived the wonderful villains' hideouts that made the Bond
films stand out. Adam also had a big hand in designing the Bond cars
and the many memorable technical gimmicks used in the films.
He was the production designer on every Bond film from Dr. No to
1971's Diamonds Are Forever. Adam came back in the late '70s to design
The Spy Who Loved Me (Oscar nominee) and Moonraker.
An exhibit covering his whole career has toured the world and is
presently at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los
Ian Fleming, who was not Jewish, created the Bond character. But his
words were translated into film by screenwriters.
The late Richard Maibaum co-wrote all but two of the 16 Bond films
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Memorabilia in the exhibit includes
Rosa Klebb's poisoned tipped spiked
shoe from "From Russia With Love"
(1963); Oddjob's bowler from
"Goldfinger" (1964), Jaws' teeth
from "The Spy Who Loved Me"
(1977) and "Moonraker" (1979),
the Neptune submarine from "Your
Eyes Only" (1981) and the Acrostar
jet and Crocodile submarine from
Visitors to "Bond. James Bond"
will be issued an 'agent card"
that allows them access to
the secret world of the superspy.
Ken Adam was the production
designer on every Bond film from
1962's "Dr. No" to 1971's
"Diamonds Are Forever"
Yaphet Kotto as "Kananga/Mr. Big"
in "Live and Let Die" (1973)
Jeroen Krabbe as
Gen. Georgi Koskov in
"The Living Daylights" (1987)
Jill St. John as "Tiffany Case" in
"Diamonds Are Forever" (1971)
Barbara Bach as
`Major Anya Amasova" in
"The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977)
Tanya Roberts as "Stacy Sutton" in
`A View to a Kill (1987)
Joseph Weisman as "Dr. No"
in "Dr. No" (1962)