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Relive the magic of childhood with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

Updated on September 6, 2014

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British children's musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming's novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. Yes, the same Ian Fleming who is the writer of the James Bond series. The film is about a car (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) that that has imagined magical abilities since it was rebuilt by inventor Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) after it sustained major damage from a fire during a race. The movie revolves around Caractacus telling his children a story about the cars magical abilities, to fly and act as a boat, and how the arch villain Baron Bomburst of the fictitious land Vulgatria wants the car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for his own.

This was my favorite movie as a child growing growing up in the 1970s. I loved Caractacus Potts cool inventions including a machine that makes eggs and sausage for breakfast then delivers it on a plate shuttled to the diner from a model railroad track. There are a lot of infectious songs in this movie that even today I find myself humming from time to time including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (song), Hushabye Mountain ballad, and Me Ol, Bamboo to name a few. I also thought the car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, was so cool and made many a model of this car out of LEGOs and my Erector set while watching the movie.

Interesting trivia:

Phil Collins is one of the uncredited Vulgarian children in the movie. The part with him in it was edited out in the final cut.

Gert Frobe who played the villain Baron Bomburst in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang also played the villain Auric Goldfinger in the 1964 James Bond Movie Goldfinger.

Desmond Llewelyn, who play "Q" in James Bond movies for many years, had a small role in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as Coggins

Julies Andrews was offered the role of Truly Scrumptious but she declined.

So pick up a copy of this monumental children's movie from Amazon and relive the magic of your childhood!

Other great movies from my childhood.

Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition (DVD + Digital Copy)
Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition (DVD + Digital Copy)

Great chemistry between Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrew in this movie.

 
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Great movie, the orange-skinned, green-haired Oompa- Loompas in striped shirts and baggy lederhosen pants scared me as a child.

 

The music of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang song.

Hushabye Mountain song.

Me Ole Bamboo dance musical.

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      jbdkz 3 years ago from Cleveland

      @favored: I love Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but my family doesn't. A sure way to clear the room in my house is to queue up this movie :-)

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I think my husband was watching this a little too much ... LOL Good review of a classic film.

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      I would have to say the Hushabye Mountain is my favorite song from this movie. My second one is Toot Sweets.