Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Car
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Car
His only book for children, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang was the written version of the fantastic bedtime stories he concocted for his son Caspar. It tells the adventures of a magical, flying car restored by Caractacus Pott, a retired Naval Commander and now family-man inventor, who bought the vehicle using proceeds from his ingenious ‘whistling’ sweets which he had sold to the aristocratic owner of a large local confectionery factory. The car, whose original registration was GEN 11, was soon christened ‘Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang’ after the ritual noises produced when her powerful engine burst into life. Fleming’s Chitty seemingly has a mind of her own and reveals her unusual abilities to the spell-bound Pott family, whisking them off on a crime-busting caper across the English Channel.
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Car
A replica car, built by retired NYPD police Sergeant, Tony Garofalo, of Long Island, New York, was completed in June 2015 after a 5-year project build at a cost of over $100,000. The car is modelled in exacting detail to the original motion picture car, after Garofalo conducted a personal inspection of two original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang cars. Built on a vintage, road legal, 1914 Overland car, and a vintage Ford Model A Engine, the car features automated opening retractable wings and vintage brass adornments. All of the bright work featured is brass, aluminum, stainless steel and copper to prevent any corrosion over time. It is reported that over 90% of the car has been fabricated, although the original vintage chassis, drivetrain and rear axle have been retained, with an additional conversion to 12 volts. The car is finely detailed with all of the iconic brass features of the original movie car, including a vintage serpent snake horn from an antique Mercedes vehicle. Garofalo also owns the original Broadway Stage Production Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car featured in the U.S. Stage tour, as well as a costume worn by Dick Van Dyke in the film.
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Car
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the vintage racing car which features in the book, musical film and stage production of the same name. Writer Ian Fleming took his inspiration for the car from a series of aero-engined racing cars built by Count Louis Zborowski in the early 1920s, christened Chitty Bang Bang. The original Chitty Bang Bang’s motor was from a Zeppelin dirigible and it was so named due to the sound made when the car was started. Six versions of the car were built for the film and a number of replicas have subsequently been produced. The version built for the stage production holds the record for the most expensive stage prop ever used.
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Another Chitty ‘copy’ was built by Nick Pointing of the Isle of Wight after his wife Carolyn, a lifelong Chitty Chitty Bang Bang fan asked him to build her dream car. The car was built on a 1970s Land Rover chassis and engine and was driven 12,000 miles overland to Australia in 2007/8 to raise money for charity.
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When Mr Potts pushes Chitty Chitty Bang Bang out of his workshop, the tires become coated with sand and dirt from the dirt driveway. In the next shot, the car is in the same place, but the tires are clean.
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One car appeared in a humorous Public information film aimed at British motorists, intended to remind them to pay their Vehicle excise duty. Ironically, there was criticism as all cars built before 1 January 1973, including the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang model, are exempt from vehicle excise duty in the UK. The PIF was a parody of the MGM film.
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The other is GEN 11, the fully functioning star of the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Now it too – a fully-functioning road car (no, it doesn’t fly) is to go under the auctioneer’s hammer.
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When Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is on the sand bar and Caractacus Potts begins telling his story, the girl Jemima Potts is holding a half-eaten apple. After the boat appears and heads towards them, Jemima is holding a much-less eaten apple, with only a few bites out of it.
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Drawing on their rich heritage, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang is out now in the Collector’s Library series from Pan Macmillan, the original publisher of the paperback book in 1968. Rediscover Fleming’s classic story this summer, with charming illustrations by Joe Berger.
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When Chitty comes in to rescue the Potts and Miss Scrumptious, she (Chitty) makes a turn on the floor. The car is clearly turning tighter than the front wheels will allow, it is on a dolly of some kind.
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“My very good friend Mary Mackay spent some time at there. She would have been celebrating her birthday on Monday. Like Chitty, she brought joy wherever she went, so I think it’s appropriate Chitty goes on show at Riverside to mark the occasion and raise awareness of Strathcarron.”
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The author took his inspiration for the motor from a series of aero-engined racing cars built and raced by Count Louis Zborowski in the early 1920s at Higham Park near Canterbury. Zborowski was the son of a racing driver who died in a crash and an American heiress to the Astor family, and at the age of sixteen became spectacularly wealthy upon his mother’s death, inheriting a sizeable portion of Manhattan. He invested in designing, building and racing his own cars, each called Chitty Bang Bang, before he too was involved in a fatal accident, during the 1924 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
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When we see Lord Scrumptious's car at the end of the movie, Potts has pulled up behind him, and both are facing the house. When we see Chitty flying around the house, Lord Scrumptious's car is inexplicably turned the other way.
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When the spies try catching Chitty under a bridge, Mr. Scrumptious's car drives through their picture of the tunnel and into their truck, but as his car breaks through the picture, you can see briefly that there's nothing behind it. No truck. In the next cut they go right up the ramp and into the truck.
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At the end of April 1961 Fleming advised Howard that his children’s story was nearly finished, and on 27th June he took Caspar to see the latest Walt Disney film ‘The Absent-Minded Professor.’ He was horrified to find it featured a flying motor car, built by a crackpot inventor in his own backyard, which was shown circling a church spire. Fleming, whose own tale included Chitty soaring over the spire of Canterbury Cathedral, was rightly frustrated, commenting to Howard: ‘This really is the limit. Would you ask one of your intelligence spies to have a look at this film and suggest what amendments we ought to make? Personally I think we could get away with cutting out the spire of Canterbury Cathedral, but it really is pretty maddening’. Fearing repercussions, Fleming did make this suggested change to the church-roof section of the story.
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In the prologue when Chitty crashes, it is quite obvious that the radiator is damaged in the fire. In the next scene when the children are playing in the soon to be scrapped car, the radiator is fine.
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Chitty was completed in 1967 and registered with the number plate GEN 11, given to her by Ian Fleming, who wrote the novel the film was based on. The registration spells the Latin word “genii”, meaning magical person or being.
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The creator of Chitty would not experience any of this success, however. After his heart scare in 1961 Fleming had returned to a busy life of journalism, leisure pursuits and globetrotting – over the next two years he would travel to America, Japan, Venice, Zurich, Lake Geneva, Istanbul and Jamaica (three times). Tellingly, he continued to enjoy cigarettes. Over Easter 1964, Fleming was golfing when the heavens opened. Playing through the storm, he caught a severe cold and developed pleurisy from which he never really recovered. Following the death of his mother in July that year, a frail Fleming collapsed just two weeks later at his beloved Royal St George’s Golf Club in Kent. He died in the early hours of August 12th, on the twelfth birthday of his son Caspar, for whom the magical stories were first imagined.
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During the scene where they take Chitty out for the first time, Grandpa states that he is going to Alaska (statehood established in 1959, movie made in 1968), unfortunately it was referred to as the District of Alaska or the Alaska Territory at that time. Not necessarily inaccurate, but an interesting statement.
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In the opening sequence, during the French Grand Prix, car 42 is seen losing a wheel on a turn, followed by car 2A. There is an obvious jump in the editing where they combined the first shot of car 42 losing its wheel and the second shot of where it's been placed.
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In July 2009, the EON copy of the car was prevented from being used in Norwich by the police, as the car was not roadworthy, properly registered or insured. The GEN 11, Pierre Picton car subsequently visited the city of Norwich in August 2009 to promote the theatre show.
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At the end of the seaside picnic, before Caractacus begins telling the pirate story, Truly ties the picnic basket onto the back of the car. The basket is absent as the car cruises on the water, but reappears when they drive out.