Kubrick, Ken Adam & “The Spy Who Loved Me” – How America’s Most Intriguing Director Saved 007

The incomparable Stanley Kubrick was born in the Bronx, New York City and it is impossible to put into words what his artistry and vision have meant to the arts and to the world itself.

Be it his photography, his writing, his film making Kubrick pushed passed boundaries to challenge all those who either willingly or unwillingly went along for the ride – he was/is a singular talent of the 20th century.

Kubrick was shaped by New York City from and early age with a love for the Yankees and of literature – the later igniting an interest in Europe and the arts.

His first love was that of photography and especially the process of developing pictures which he found to be a source of magic and inspiration.

That love of course led to film and his fascination with capturing the humane spirit and experience as he started first in documentary productions which then led to his feature film career.

His directorial career spanned five brilliant decades and produced some of cinema’s most seminal works including ‘Spartacus’, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey, ‘Barry Lyndon’, ‘The Shining’, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and so many more.

Although Kubrick’s films were nominated several times for Academy Awards, he won only one Oscar for Best Special Effects in 1969 for 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Stanley Kubrick left us in 1999 at the age of 70 while completing his final film the brilliant ‘Eyes Wide Shut’.

Did you know Kubrick was essential in helping complete the 1977 James Bond film ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’?

Claude Renoir was losing his eyesight and he found it hard to light Ken Adam’s set, Kubrick came into Pinewood studios to light the set and refused any screen credit.

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