Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Date: 1968
Director: Ken Hughes
Production Company: Dramatic Features, Warfield

Stars: Dick van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Adrian Hall, Heather Ripley
Location(s): Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Middlesex, Oxfordshire; Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (France); Bavaria, Mittelfranken (Germany)

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Storyline:

A hapless inventor finally finds success with a flying car, which a dictator from a foreign government sets out to take for himself.

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The start of the film shows the history of the car that becomes Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Unknown location and possibly a set.

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The French Grand Prix of 1908. Unidentified location that could be another set.

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The car competes at the German Grand Prix. Unknown location.

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During the German Grand Prix the car crashes. Colin S. identifies this as Zig Zag Road leading up to Box Hill, near Dorking in Surrey.

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Jeremy (Adrian Hall) and Jemima (Heather Ripley) play in the now scrapped car. Appears to be a set but included for the sake of completeness.

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Jeremy and Jemima promise Mr Coggins (Desmond Llewelyn) that their father will buy the car to save it from being burnt by the Junkman (Victor Maddern).

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Jeremy and Jemima run out of Coggins' yard and are nearly hit by Truly Scrumptious in her car. Russell's Water, Oxfordshire with the village sign in the background.

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Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes) swerves to miss the children and ends up in a Duck Pond. Russell's Water, Oxfordshire.

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Truly takes the childrern back to their father. Above Turville in Buckinghamshire.

Truly and the children arrive at their home. Cobstone Windmill near Turville in Buckinghamshire.

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Not quite the right angle but it's the best one can do without trespass. SJ

The childrens father, Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke), tries out one of his latest inventions. Cobstone Windmill.

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Roughly the right angle but not really capturing the house behind the windmill. SJ

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Caractacus cycles to the Scrumptious Sweet Company to sell a sweet that he has invented. Kempton Waterworks in Hanworth.

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Panning from the previous image. Kempton Waterworks off Snakey Lane, Hanworth in Middlesex. The building is seen from a distance in 'Just Like a Woman'.

Caractacus eventually raises the money to buy the car. Cobstone Windmill near Turville also seen in 'The Pumpkin Eater'.

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Again, not the right angle. SJ

After many hours of work, the car is transformed. Caractacus and the children go for a drive, passing Grandpa Potts (Lionel Jeffries) as they leave. Cobstone Windmill near Turville.

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I rather felt the current owners would prefer not to be disturbed by 'Chitty Citty Bang Bang' fans. SJ

Caractacus takes Jeremy and Jemima through a village. Hambleden, Buckinghamshire.

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Now. SJ

Further through the village. Hambleden with the Stag & Huntsman pub in the background. Also seen in 'Dance with a Stranger'.

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Passing the churchyard wall. Hambleden, Buckinghamshire.

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The family head out of the village. Hambleden with St Mary the Virgin Church in the background. The village was also used in 'Another Country'.

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And briefly in The Captive Heart. SJ

The car is named Chitty Chitty Bang Bang because of the sound the engine makes. Hambleden, Buckinghamshire.

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Lucky Chitty driving through a car-less Hambleden. SJ

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Truly Scrumptious is picked up along the journey. Mark F advises that this is Shottesbrooke Park near White Waltham in Berkshire.

Caractacus, Truly and the children go to the beach. Cap Taillat near Ramatuelle, France. In a later coastal sequence, Richard Job advises that 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' appears to fly off the cliff at Hope Gap between Seaford Head and Cuckmere Haven in East Sussex.

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Andy provides an excellent comparative shot taken just a few months ago and still not a cloud in the sky (RL)

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In a story told to the children, Caractacus takes Truly home. Unknown location.

Truly sings about Caractacus whilst walking the the grounds of her house. RJ recognises this from the opening scene of 'From Russia with Love' and the bridge, which also appears in 'The Amazing Mr. Blunden' and 'Please Turn Over' can be found in the grounds of Pinewood.

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Taken by RJ who was concentrating on 'Bugsy Malone' at the time or just hit it lucky.

Truly runs to the house. Heatherden Hall at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire.

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Great angle but stand further back, RJ.

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The story continues - Caractacus, Truly and the children take another trip out. Wikipedia suggests Iver, Buckinghamshire and Erin Perry gives a more accurate description as Iver Lane, the the old road running between Iver and Uxbridge.

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Vulgarian spies Herman (Alexander Doré) and Sherman (Bernard Spear) attempt to blow up a bridge when they are sent to capture the car. Erin Perry confirms that this is Iver Bridge over Colne Brook.

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Herman and Sherman hatch another plan. The lane from Thame Road into the village of Ilmer in Buckinghamshire.

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Further along the lane the spies pass under Ilmer Bridge, Ilmer, Buckinghamshire

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When Grandpa Potts is mistaken for Caractacus, he is kidnapped and taken to the castle of Baron Bomburst in Vulgaria. This appears to be a studio set based on Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.

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The Admiral (Davy Kaye) greets Grandpa Potts. Again, this looks like a set of the courtyard of Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.

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Grandpa follows the Admiral up the steps of the castle. A studio set included for sake of completeness.

After following Grandpa Potts when he is kidnapped, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang flies over Baron Bomburst's castle. Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau, Schwangau, Bavaria, Germany.

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Mark O'Neill provides this comparison shot of the castle taken in 2011 adding "Not the same angle but many of the features are visible".

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The Chancellor (Stanley Unwin) and Baron Bomburst (Gert Fröbe) watch as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang flies over. Studio set included for sake of completeness.

Caractacus, Truly and the Children land in Vulgaria. Weinsteige as it passes under Leuzenbronner Straße next to the River Tauber. Just outside Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

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Gary Kennedy sends us this shot that he took whilst on a Chitty location "pilgrimage". (RL)

The travellers approach a town. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany.

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Günter never misses a opportunity to capture a NOW for us on his travels, Kobolzeller Tor (City Gate) (RL)

The townsfolk stare at the strangers. Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

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Günter advises that this and all except 036 were taken in the "Old Hospital Complex" of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. (RL)

Caractacus and Truly realise that there are no children in the town. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany.

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Günter reveals that there still appears to be no children in the town. (RL)

The population run to hide as soldiers approach. Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

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It looks as though they are still hiding Günter! (RL)

The soldiers ride into the town square. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany.

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Günter efforts were hindered by scaffolding as so often happens to us all. (RL)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is discovered and brought into the town. Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

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Günter's now shot reveals some changes. (RL)

After the car is taken to the castle. A Toymaker (Benny Hill) hides Jeremy and Jemima. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany.

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It looks like a very lonely day for Günter.

The Toymaker takes Caractacus to show him where the car has been taken. Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

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At least the block work and the arch are recognisable, thanks Günter. (RL)

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The pair climb a tower to view the castle. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is taken into the castle. Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau, Schwangau, Bavaria, Germany.

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A further shot from Gary. (RL)

The Child Catcher (Robert Helpmann) arrives in the town. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Ansbach District, Mittelfranken, Bavaria.

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Günter reveals that the town has at least moved on from horse transport to cars. (RL)

The Child Catcher can sense that there are children about. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany.

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Günter couldn't sense anyone being about. (RL)

Lollipops are used to entice the children from their hiding place. Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

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Clearly Günter was unable to entice anyone from their hiding place. (RL)

Jeremy and Jemima are persuaded by the lollipops. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

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Perhaps Günter should have taken lollipops with him. (RL)

The Child Catcher traps the children and takes them to the castle. Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

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Günter end his visit witnessing more activity than he has seen all day. (RL)

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Truly sees the Child Catcher with Jeremy and Jemima as he leaves the town. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany.

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The story ends and Caractacus takes Truly and the children home. Cap Taillat near Ramatuelle, France.

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