Other cinema-shifting highlights from his bonkers Bond work
include ejecting seats and rocket shoes, the introduction of the
Aston Martin, a fantastic fictionalized Fort Knox, the volcano
lair in You Only Live Twice, and a mind-bogglingly large
soundstage for the tanker in The Spy Who Loved Me. But really,
anywhere you look in a Bond film you’ll find traces of Adam’s
innovation, drama, and fun.
Shortly after the release of Goldfinger, he was approached to
work on another visual and cultural groundbreaker: Stanley
Kubrick’s 1964 cult classic Doctor Strangelove. Adam’s version
of the War Room in the film has influenced generations of
audiences, artists and directors, and impacted the way the Cold
War was seen around the world. There’s even a story that Ronald
Reagan (Cold War noteworthy and cinephile that he was) wondered
aloud where the War Room was located during his first elected tour
of the White House.
What a career.