Tag: roald dahl

Scene Stealer: Toot Sweets, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
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Scene Stealer: Toot Sweets, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Where do you start with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), the family musical based on the bestselling children’s novel by 007 creator Ian Fleming?  Endless scenes brim with images, dialogue and songs which have become part of every film lover’s vocabulary.  However one scene, more than any other, captures the […]

Classic Cracker: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
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Classic Cracker: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

I used to love Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Well, to be more exact, I used to always think that I loved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It was a holiday TV viewing staple, and I would always look forward to watching it. And then it would actually all play out, and young, easily-distracted, […]

CANNES 2016 – The BFG (2016)
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CANNES 2016 – The BFG (2016)

His method may be different, but as a storyteller, Steven Spielberg shares striking similarities with Roald Dahl. Just as he has crafted many moments of purist childlike awe on the screen, so too did Dahl on the page. Their artistic legacies, though individually unique, have equally helped to define millions […]

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Bond: The Connery Years (1962 – 1971)

“Bond, James Bond”. Everyone knows the name of the world’s least secret . . . . . . secret agent. He’s 007, he has a licence to kill and he first appeared in 1953 in Casino Royale, the first of many James Bond adventures written by British author Ian Fleming. […]

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The BFG (1989)

Oh my, there’s no easy way to say this so I’ll just get to the point. The BFG hasn’t aged well. At all. In fact, it’s aged so badly that it makes me wonder how I gleaned enjoyment from it in the first place, when I saw it back in […]