“You Only Live Twice” (1967): From Denmark with Love

● Danish Modern design by Bodil Kjær(born 1932) made its first Bond appearence in "From Russia With Love" (EON 1963) in several sequences showing Ernst Stavro Blofeld sitting behind Kjær's iconic Office Desk from 1959.

In "You Only Live Twice" (EON 1967) Bodil Kjær's free-standing wood and aluminum table reappears several times. In the film's teaser sequence, delegates from the three superpowers USA, USSR and United Kingdom are each seated behind Office Desks.
Time code (Blu-ray): 03:56-05:02

● The director of the Japanese Secret Service, Tiger Tanaka, also appears to be a fan of Danish Modern. In his underground office in Tokyo Tanaka also has a Bodil Kjær Office Desk on prominent display. German-born production designer Ken Adam personally handpicked Kjær's design - sometimes called "the most beautiful office desk in the world" - for the film's interior sets.

The sideboard in the far end of Tanaka's office was also designed by Bodil Kjær in 1959 and manufactured by E. Pedersen & Søn.

Finally, the high-backed leather chair seen to the right of Tanaka's spherical surveillance monitors is also a Danish design classic. Arne Jacobsen designed the Oxford chair for the teaching staff at St. Catherine’s College in Oxford. He later received an honorary doctorate for his efforts. The Oxford Classic Chair is currently manufactured by the Danish furniture company Fritz Hansen.
Time code (Blu-ray): 29:27-31:27

● The Oxford Chair at Fritz Hansen.com (external site)

Framegrab of Bodil Kjær's Office Desk in Tiger Tanaka's office (1) Framegrab of Bodil Kjær's Office Desk in Tiger Tanaka's office Tiger Tanaka in Arne Jacobsen's Oxford chair

Thanks to Casper Nielsen and Henrik Huus Mikkelsen.

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