When Ronald Reagan became US President in 1981 and first toured the White House, he asked to see the "War Room", so convinced was he by the military nerve centre depicted in Stanley Kubrick's 1964 Armageddon movie Dr Strangelove.
The set was the work of Sir Ken Adam, a German Jew who emigrated to Britain in 1934 and went on to capture the world's imagination with sets for epic movies from "Ben-Hur" (1959) to "Moonraker" (1979).
Due to open on December 11 at the Deutsche Kinemathek film museum, "Bigger than life: Ken Adam's film design" presents 4,000 of his drawings, as well as photos, documents and personal memorabilia from a life that was as vivid as his sets.
Tankbuster to blockbuster
Born in Berlin 1921, Klaus Hugo Adam and his family fled Germany as Nazi persecution of the Jews gathered pace.
After studying architecture in London he went on to become one of just three German-born pilots to serve in the Royal Air Force during World War Two.
Adam's daring exploits flying a Hawker Typhoon fighter-bomber against German forces in Europe earned him the nickname "Heinie the tank buster".
He first entered the film industry as a draughtsman in 1948 and was still active as a production designer in 2001.
Adam was the creative genius behind more than 70 productions that deftly merged fact and fiction for movie lovers around the world.