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1977 is our "Year of the Month"for July.So we'll be celebrating its films randomly throughout the month.Here's Daniel Walber...

Looking back at the films of '77,the clear production design stand-out isStar Wars.It won the Oscar and changed the world,though not necessarily in that order.Science fiction was crossing over,pushed even further by fellow nomineeClose Encounters of the Third Kind.But why talk about harder sci-fi when you could focus on the futuristic gadgetry and technological excess of the James Bond franchise?

The Spy Who Loved Meis a remarkable showcase for legendary production designer Ken Adam,who passed away earlier this year.He built models of the Pyramids,a cavernous office for the head of the KGB and a decadent underwater lair for nefarious shipping magnate Karl Stromberg (Curt Jurgens).But the real showstopper is the interior of the Liparus supertanker,the site of the film's climax.Or,rather,the liveliest of its many climaxes.This is a Bond film,after all.

This was Adam's sixth contribution to the franchise,and he made a point of outdoinghis prior work.The set for the Liparus was to be an entirely new sound stage,among the largest ever constructed.

The final product was gigantic,334ft by 136ft. Cinematographer Claude Renoir couldn't actually see from one end to the other.Adam had to call in Stanley Kubrick,with whom he had worked onDr.StrangeloveandBarry Lyndon,just to figure out the lighting...


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