Bond Production Designers to Get Cinematic Imagery Award

The Cinematic Imagery Award from the Art Directors Guild will go to James Bond production designers Sir Ken Adam, Peter Lamont, Allan Cameron, and Dennis Gassner. Their work spans 50 years and 23 Bond movies and the four production designers will be honored Feb. 2 from the Art Directors Guild Excellence In Production Design Awards Presented by BMW.

The ADG’s Cinematic Imagery Award (chaired by ADG Council’s John Shaffner) is given to those whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience. Previous recipients have been the principal team behind the Harry Potter films, Bill Taylor, Syd Dutton, Warren Beatty, Allen Daviau, Clint Eastwood, Blake Edwards, Terry Gilliam, Ray Harryhausen, Norman Jewison, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Frank Oz, Steven Spielberg, Robert S. Wise, and Zhang Yimou.

Adam, of course, set the standard for the Bond films of the 1960s and 1970s, making his name with his innovative, techno/Expressionistic look for Dr. No (1962), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), whose supertanker set required the building of the largest sound stage in the world. His last Bond film was Moonraker (1979).

Lamont is most famous for working on a record 18 Bond films: Goldfinger (1964) — uncredited draftsman; Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967) as assistant art director; On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) and Diamonds Are Forever (1971) as the set decorator; Live and Let Die (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) as co-art director; The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979) as visual effects and art director; For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987), Licence To Kill (1989), GoldenEye (1995), The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002), and Casino Royale (2006) as production designer.

Cameron designed Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), which was the second to star Pierce Brosnan. Oscar winner Gassner (Bugsy) has worked as production designers on the last two Daniel Craig Bond movies, Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012).

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Books, James Bond, Movies, Production Design, Tech

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