Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (PG)
D: Ken Hughes
United Artists/Warfield/DFI (Albert R. Broccoli)
UK 🇬🇧 1968
W: Roald Dahl & Ken Hughes [based on the novel by Ian Fleming]
DP: Christopher Challis
Ed: John Shirley
Mus: Irwin Kostal; Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman
PD: Ken Adam
Dick Van Dyke (Prof. Caractacus Potts), Sally Ann Howes (Truly Scrumptious), Adrian Hall (Jeremy Potts), Heather Ripley (Jemima Potts), Lionel Jeffries (Grandpa Bungie Potts), Robert Helpmann (The Child Catcher), Gert Fröbe (Baron Bomburst), Benny Hill (The Toymaker), James Robertson Justice (Lord Scrumptious)
Timeless children's movie about a crackpot inventor who turns a derelict car into a flying machine and takes his two kids and his bit of fancy, Truly Scrumptious, to a (fictional) Eastern European country where the government don't like children.
You'd not be surprised that children's author Roald Dahl co-wrote the screenplay, but the fact that the original story came from the imagination of Bond-scribe Ian Fleming is a real wowzer. The film carries more nostalgic power than it does entertainment, in the respect that: if you watched it during your childhood, it will carry fond memories, but if you're only discovering it in adulthood, the chances are that you won't enjoy it.
The film isn't without it's faults. The special effects look terribly ropey, it's running time is a mite too long and the songs are as annoying as they are memorable.