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A man of the cloth and the steel he wields

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  1. I need to find that movie.

  2. Oh, and I forgot to mention one other thing: the female protagonist’s name in this film? “Truly Scrumptious” – a Bond Girl name if I ever heard one, and maybe a little risque for a children’s movie :D

  3. Let’s see… We have a resourceful, ostensibly English fellow, engaging in international intrigue in a car that can do all kinds of unexpected things. Sounds like the movies based on every Ian Fleming book I have on my bookshelf. I don’t recall James Bond’s literary car being decked out with gadgets, though.

    In the books, Bond drives a 1923 Bentley with an Amherst-Villiers supercharger. Am I mistaken in thinking that Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang is a Rolls Royce… the upscale sibling of a Bentley?

    I haven’t seen that movie in years, and had forgotten that Gert Frobe played the Baron. I did know, however, that Anna Quayle (Baroness Bomburst) also played Frau Hoffner in the 1967 spoof-ish version of Casino Royale. It’s a small world for Bond villains, I suppose.

    1. Oh hey, I never made that connection – you’re right, it’s a tiny world for Bond Villans/Villanesses (:

    2. Chitty is actually a custom built car patterned after streamlined racers built by Count Louis Zborowski in the 1920’s, but you can really only call it a Ford, since the driving versions had Ford 3000 V6’s in ’em.

  4. Wow … I saw this when I was about 6, I think. Must watch it again!

  5. Great film. Delivering the screenplay drove Roald Dahl mad though.

    1. Well, madder than the screen play for “YOLT”, which he apparently had a great time doing:
      http://www.tomsoter.com/node/829

  6. I watched it about r years ago and I never realized how LONG the movie was. I think wishing to see the car made the movie go faster as a kid.

  7. I could never figure out why the Baron would try to kill such a hot beautiful wife. Sure she hated Kids but so did he. She seemed to love him, she bought him all his toys, she did everything for him and she certainly knew how to flirt even after years of living with him, and certainly knew how to dress to get a man going for his birthday..just a very weird S&M type erotic experience within a kids movie

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