February 2019

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang should be fondly remembered as the bastard child of Mary Poppins and James Bond.” — John Cork, co-author of James Bond Encyclopedia

The Digital Bits and History, Legacy & Showmanship are pleased to present this retrospective commemorating the golden anniversary of the release of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the musical-fantasy adaptation of Ian Fleming’s 1964 novel starring Dick Van Dyke (The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Poppins).

Produced by Albert R. Broccoli (the James Bond series) and directed by Ken Hughes (The Trials of Oscar Wilde, Cromwell), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was highlighted by Irwin Kostal’s score and musical numbers by The Sherman Brothers, including their Oscar-nominated title song. Co-stars included Sally Ann Howes (Brigadoon stage production), Lionel Jeffries (The Trials of Oscar Wilde), Gert Frobe (Goldfinger), Anna Quayle (A Hard Day’s Night), Benny Hill (The Benny Hill Show), James Robertson Justice (The Guns of Navarone), and Robert Helpmann (The Red Shoes). [Read on here...]

Bits Latest Tweets

The Digital Bits
Today on The Bits – @BillHuntBits and @TimSalmons review Mike Hodges’ 1980 sci-fi/camp classic FLASH GORDON on Limited Edition #4K #UltraHD from @ArrowFilmsVideo (Note: A review of the StudioCanal UK release will follow later this week) thedigitalbits.com/item/flash-gor…
The Digital Bits
Today on The Bits – @MichaelCoate celebrates the 25th anniversary of @RealRonHoward’s #APOLLO13 with a great new retrospective and interview featuring author/film historian @Bev_Movieland! #NASA #spaceflight #IMAX thedigitalbits.com/columns/histor…
The Digital Bits
Now available for pre-order on Amazon: The Wachowskis’ V FOR VENDETTA in #4K #UltraHD from @WBHomeEnt. Street date TBA (likely 11/3). Click here to order... amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS…