Fifty years on from its cinema release, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was celebrated at Pinewood Studios on November 18th with cast and crew returning to the studio, along with 100 fans and Chitty herself for a day of memories.
|Adrian Hall (Jeremy Potts) and Heather Ripley (Jemima Potts) with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Following morning refreshments, author Dave Worrall took attendees on a walking tour of Pinewood's gardens and chatted about Chitty along with many other movies using the gardens - including the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. On returning to Heatherden Hall (aka Scrumptious Manor), Chitty herself was awaiting - along with a the child catcher! - for photo opportunities.
|Dave Worrall on the garden tour
||Robbie Sherman with Chitty
Cast and crew members then signed autographs for fans and Dave Hinnett showcased his amazing and vast Chitty memorabilia collection - it has to be a world record?!
|A small selection from Dave Hinett's impressive Chitty collection
Matthew Field then hosted interview sessions with guests including: Robbie Sherman, who chatted about the all-important music and lyrics; Peter Lamont and Dickie Bamber about some of their production memories before Martin Body and Graham Hartstone offered an insight into their roles; and, finally, two of the stars Heather Ripley and Adrian Hall looked back on their involvement - being honest, frank and very candid.
|Matt interviewing Peter Lamont and Dickie Bamber
||Matt interviewing Robbie Sherman
|Matt interviewing Graham Harstone and Martin Body
||Matt interviewing Adrian and Heather
A scrumptious two-course lunch was served before guests then made their way to the John Barry Theatre for the screening itself - introduced by Adrian and Heather. Everyone agreed, it was a fantasmagorical day!
All photographs (c) Mark Mawston / Bondstars LLP. Not to be used without prior permission.
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Bondstars would like to say a big thank you to....
Brian W Cook
Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson, Stephanie Wenborn and all at EON Productions Ltd
Lucy Fleming & Ian Fleming Publications
Dave Hinett for the use of his Chitty Chitty Bang Bang collection and access to his photo archive.
Matthew Field for his invaluable assistance.
Sean Lester at All Smart
Rob Alderton at Chitty Hire