The 1968 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang film starring Dick Van Dyke, was produced by Cubby Broccoli who also produced the Bond films. The script was partly written by Roald Dahl, who introduced the blacker elements of the story such as the child-catcher. Some scenes of the Pott’s family home were filmed at Turville Windmill near Ian’s childhood home in Oxfordshire.
The stage production, which was based on the film, had a brilliant flying car (in the Guinness Book of World Records for being, at £750,000, the most expensive stage prop ever!) and six new songs by the Sherman Brothers. It opened at the London Palladium in April 2002 to critical acclaim and sell out audiences and in April 2005, the show opened on Broadway and toured nationally and internationally until 2010. Nominated for numerous stage awards in the UK and the US, the musical was a huge success in bringing Ian Fleming’s magical story to life.