Ken Adam’s War Room

Today our friend Matthieu Duperrex aka @urbain_ shared with us this post called Ken Adam – Architecte de cinéma which is focused mostly on the famous film by Stanley Kubrick, Dr. Strangelove. Ken Adams designed this famous war room, and we can read about it:

In the “War Room” at The Pentagon, General Buck Turgidson [George C. Scott] briefs President Merkin Muffley [Sellers]. He reports that Ripper apparently took advantage of “Wing Attack Plan R,” a wartime contingency plan which is intended to give Field Commanders authority to retaliate with nuclear weapons in the event that a Soviet first strike obliterates Washington, D.C. and incapacitates U.S. leadership. When President Muffley scoffs at the idea that such an option was ever considered, he is reminded that he supported the plan when it was proposed. When President Muffley states that General Turgidson had assured him that the “Human Reliability Program” would make it impossible that a Field Commander would exceed his authority in this manner, the General responds that he does not “think it’s quite fair to condemn a whole program because of a single slip-up”. When Muffley orders that troops be sent in to Burpelson in order to force Ripper into revealing the code, Turgidson warns the President that General Ripper had ordered the base troops there to shoot all trespassers on sight.

Adam’s work was so powerful, that Dr. Strangelove has been the inspiration of another famous Situation Room, Zack Snyder’s Watchmen.


Dr. Strangelove’s War Room

Adam’s War Room is described as “a huge triangular space with a circular table and suspended light ring. The table is like a giant poker table were the world leaders play a deadly game for the fate of the world – a brilliant metaphor that highlighted the precarious nature of the Cold War.”


Adam’s preliminary sketches for the War Room


Nixon’s War Room in Watchmen is modeled after a set from Stanley Kubrick’s Cold War masterpiece from 1964, Dr. Strangelove

‘You can’t fight in here. This is the War Room!’

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