You Only Live Twice

Attack on a legendary Ken Adam-designed villain's lair

Posted 04.04.2020

Bond and Tiger Tanaka’s crack team of ninjas infiltrate Blofeld’sbase hidden inside a dormant volcano in You Only Live Twice (1967). The set was created by legendary Production Designer Ken Adam. “The challenge appealed to me,” he said. “When I had done two or three sketches, Cubby Broccoli said, ‘Looks interesting. How much is it going to cost?’ I knew it was going to be a gigantic set but I had no idea. I quoted about a million dollars. That was an enormous amount of money. Cubby didn’t blink an eye. ‘If you can do it for a million go ahead.’ And then my worries started…”