November 8, 2013


When Ian Fleming sat down to write a children's adventure about an imaginary race car, you can bet the creator of James Bond made sure the car was fully loaded with gadgets and special abilities. Fleming originally wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for his son, Caspar. Sadly, Fleming died on Caspar's birthday, two months before the book was published in 1964. But his magical car now lives on in a series of books by Frank Cottrell Boyce and audiobooks read by actor David Tennant (Doctor Who, Hamlet, Spies of Warsaw). Tennant's reading of the original Fleming novel was released in September. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again will be available on December 5th, followed by Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time on February 6th, 2014. David Tennant gave an absolutely charming 8-minute interview with Lucy Fleming about the project last year, where he discussed Fleming's original book, the 1968 film adaptation and new books, and his own fantasies regarding magical cars and special super powers! Continues below. (nice shirt, David!)

As many Spy Vibers will remember, David Tennant took part in a recent Ian Fleming audio book series as a reader for On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Volume one of the series was released as a CD box set last year (US and UK). The remaining stories have now been recorded and released and the Volume 2 box set is now available here. Lucy Fleming herself reads 007 in New York! More info at the Ian Fleming website hereChitty Chitty Bang Bang Lucy Fleming interview with David Tennant below.

Author Frank Cottrell Boyce has published a number of books, including a novelization of his screenplay for Danny Boyle, Millions. Boyce was the writer for the 2012 Olympic Ceremony by Danny Boyle, famous for its James Bond sequence. Hear interviews with the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang creative team at BBC's Desert Island Discs: David Tennant hereFrank Cottrell Boyce here, and Ian Fleming here. Illustration from the original novel below by John Burningham. Ian Fleming Publications here. Spy Vibe's Ian Fleming image archive here.

Recent Spy Vibe posts: Steranko S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist Editions, David Tennant's Ian Fleming audio books, The Prisoner & Captain ScarletHMV returns to Oxford st w Beatles promo, Diego Fortunato & Verner Panton,  Saturday Morning CartoonsAssassination Bureau on DVD, new Young Bond series,  Peter AsherGerry Marsden tour, Elio Petri on Blu-ray, Sophia Loren, new Beatles BBC album, new Hercule Poirot novel, Beatles fall 2013 releasesA Hard Days Night cinematographer diesMagic Christian on Blu-ray, Early Beatles image archive, Julie NewmarErno GoldfingerHitchcock tribute

Recent Ian Fleming posts on Spy Vibe: Erno Goldfinger, Ian Fleming Music Series links: Noel CowardWhispering Jack SmithHawaiian GuitarJoe Fingers Carr, new Ian Fleming CatalogJon Gilbert interview, Double 007 Designs, Bond audio book reissues, discovery of one of Ian Fleming's WWII Commandos, James Bond book covers, Ian Fleming's Playboy interview for Kindle, Spy Vibe's discovery of a rare Ian Fleming serialization, rare View to a Kill, Fleming's Royal gold typewriter, Ian Fleming's memorial address.

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