|Born||Sydney Basil Cain
April 16, 1918
Grantham, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
|Died||November 21, 2011
London, England, United Kingdom
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. Cain's name was accidentally missed off the titles for Dr No, and the producer Cubby Broccoli instead gave him a solid gold pen as it would have cost too much to re-create the titles. For From Russia with Love, Cain designed a $150,000 set for a chess match which repeated the "chess pawn" motif throughout the room. He worked on a number of James Bond movies creating numerous gadgets.
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".
Cain was married three times and had eight children, three have excelled in the design industry; Maurice Cain as production designer in film and TV, Anthony Cain in illustration, and Leigh Cain in exhibition design.
In 2002 Cain wrote his autobiography "Not Forgetting James Bond" in which he lay down memories of working with hundreds of film directors, actors and crew, and also his interesting sporting family history. HIs father Tom Cain was an all round athlete who played professional football for Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur, and encouraged Fred Perry to switch from playing football to tennis and actually coached him for a while.
- "The In of the Sixth Happiness" (1958)
- Our Man in Havana (1959)
- Lolita (1962)
- Road to Hong Kong (1962)
- Dr. No (1962 – uncredited Art Director on Jamaica locations)
- Summer Holiday (1963)
- Hot Enough for June (1964)
- From Russia with Love (1963)
- Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
- A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum (1966)
- Billion Dollar Brain (1967)
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
- Frenzy (1972)
- Live and Let Die (1973)
- Aces High (1976)
- Shout at the Devil (1976)
- The Wild Geese (1978)
- The Sea Wolves (1980)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
- Alien 3 (1992)
- The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
- GoldenEye (1995)
- "James Bond: The Legacy" (2002), page 38. John Cork & Bruce Scivally.
- Syd Cain (2000). Inside From Russia with Love (DVD). MGM Home Entertainment Inc. Retrieved 2007-08-04.
- MI6-HQ Copyright 2011 (1918-04-16). "Syd Cain (1918–2011): The Home Of James Bond 007". mi6-hq.com. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
- Newman, Kim (1 December 2011). "Syd Cain obituary". The Guardian.