James Robertson Justice -
Creator: Potts Inventions -
1969 Academy Awards
Best Music, Original Song "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" -
Richard M. & Robert B. Sherman (Nominated)
I don't mind Dick Van Dyke as well as the songs from The Sherman Brothers, I'm not exactly above enjoying their work in CHITTY CHITTY since they all previously worked with Dick before in MARY POPPINS. Though few of their tunes have some catchiness in between them. My main favourite part that I definitely find interesting is the Child Catcher character, looking back now, he was really creepy for his appearance and enjoys kidnapping young kids. Australian actor Robert Helpmann did an incredible job in mastering the villainous character to feel as sinister although the character does come out as seemingly in a over-the-top villainy when in front of children.
It's a price to pay that there aren't any more non-Bond films made from the makers that did the series. It's a good way to give the people for extra credit when they're not doing more films of the spy-saga in favour of this cheerful tone of the musical. Likewise for myself, I find CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG as one of the two singing films to be very uptight respectable to revisit. So remember to skip the film's intermission when some of the kiddies are bored!