CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG : THE MAGICAL CAR (1)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car is a children's novel written by Ian Fleming for his son Caspar, with illustrations by John Burningham. It was first published in 1964 by Jonathan Cape in London and Random House in New York, and later made into a successful film.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 feature film with a script by Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes. It starred Dick Van Dyke as Caractacus Potts and Sally Ann Howes as Truly Scrumptious. The film was directed by Ken Hughes and produced by Albert R. Broccoli, best known as co-producer of the James Bond series of films, also based on Fleming's novels.
The film went significantly over budget, but was a box office hit. Although it received favorable reviews in the UK, Europe, and the East Coast of the United States, Hollywood was unkind in its reviews. The movie has become a children's classic.
Though there was once a real car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Ian Fleming used the name in his childrens story for a magical motor which would float and fly as well as travel by road, and for the film a car was literally created for the title role. Its appearance is that of a typical touring carriage of motorings early years, with its brass radiator. Marchal headlights, outside handbrake and snake horn. The bonnet conceals a modern Ford engine however and of course. Caractacus Potts special modifications which include wings and stabilizers-are essential additions.