Syd Cain

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Syd Cain
Born Sidney Syd Cain
(1918-04-16)April 16, 1918
Grantham, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Died November 21, 2011(2011-11-21) (aged 93)
London, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Production designer
Years active 1962-1980

Sidney B. "Syd" Cain (16 April 1918 – 21 November 2011) was a British production designer who worked on more than 30 films, including four in the James Bond series in the 1960s and 1970s.

Cain was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire. He survived a plane crash in Rhodesia during World War II, which broke his back, and also later survived being struck by lightning. For From Russia with Love, Cain designed a $150,000 set for a chess match which repeated the "chess pawn" motif throughout the room.[1] He worked on a number of James Bond movies creating numerous gadgets.[2]

Cain's name appears in documents in several films on which he worked. In Our Man in Havana where he was assistant art director his name features on the blueprints of a vacuum cleaner. Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy features an in joke of a racing form featuring the horse Jon Finch is to bet on is owned by a "Mrs S. Cain".[citation needed]

In his later years Cain resided at Charterhouse in London. He died in the nearby University College Hospital on 21 November 2011, aged 93.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Syd Cain (2000). Inside From Russia with Love (DVD). MGM Home Entertainment Inc. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  2. ^ MI6-HQ Copyright 2011 (1918-04-16). "Syd Cain (1918–2011): The Home Of James Bond 007". Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  3. ^ Newman, Kim (1 December 2011). "Syd Cain obituary". The Guardian. 

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