The Real Deal: Mid-Century Modern, Bond Style, James Bond And Bond Girl Liz Windsor, Age 86

Elrod House, Diamonds Are Forever, Set by Ken Adams

Elrod House, Diamonds Are Forever, James Bond Set by Ken Adams, 1971

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Tiger Tanaka’s Office, You Only Live Twice, James Bond Set By Ken Adams, 1967

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Ken Adams Rendering, You Only Live Twice, James Bond Set, 1967

The office and train  of “Tiger” Tanaka of Japanese Intelligence, and Bond’s contact in Japan, 1967.  Sketches  are by  Ken Adams, James Bond Art Director/Production Designer who created the cool, dangerous, futuristic  world of Bond  mid-century fantasy decor from 1962 (Dr. No) to 1979 (Moonraker). Sir Adams also designed the famous war room for Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove. In in the 50 years since we first met Bond on film, 007 movies have become more violent and less stylish, much like the world we  live in now.

War Room Set, Dr. Strangelove, 1964 designed by Ken Adams

War Room Set, Dr. Strangelove, 1964 designed by Ken Adams

Tanaka’s underground office has one very distinctive feature–it’s entrance. Visitors are “chuted” from a non-descript tube corridor to a waiting couch–not very dignified, but allows one to achieve the upper hand in a “power meeting.”
Tanaka’s office, though spare, also offers two video monitors (Sony, no doubt) with which he can view the signals from the many “video cameras” used for surveillance (including one linked to Aki’s Toyota).
The exit to Tanaka’s office is armored, and leads directly to his private train system that allows him to travel securely and discretely.

8. “Tiger” Tanaka’s Train
Casino Royale. 2006Mid-Century Modern Revival

Casino Royale. 2006
Mid-Century Modern Revival
More guns, less glamorous sets.

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