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(The New Republic)   Oh, you, pretty Chitty Bang Bang, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, I wrote you. And, my pretty sh*tty slang rang, pretty sh*tty slang rang so untrue. I spawned, Mr. James Bond, I'm a legend in the end, Bang Bang Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, by Ian Fleming penned   (newrepublic.com) divider line
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2021-07-15 9:31:32 PM  
So do millennial "writers" just comb old newspapers and magazines for their unique, groundbreaking "stories"?
 
2021-07-15 9:54:20 PM  

WhippingBoi: So do millennial "writers" just comb old newspapers and magazines for their unique, groundbreaking "stories"?


They often write deeply in-depth articles in conjunction with newly-published books, as this article does.
 
2021-07-15 10:04:34 PM  
The Dead Authors Podcast where they interview "Ian Fleming" are truly art, far more so than he ever achieved.
 
2021-07-15 10:06:47 PM  
Your headline insists upon itself, subby
 
2021-07-15 10:26:14 PM  

Summoner101: Your headline insists upon itself, subby


I find it to be shallow and pedantic.
 
2021-07-15 10:28:34 PM  
FTFA: Fleming was raised in some of the finest homes in Mayfair

Better stay away from him
He'll rip your lungs out, Jim
I'd like to meet his tailor
 
2021-07-15 10:40:45 PM  
An "unremarkable career in Intelligence" seems like a bigger success than a failure.  Especially when you consider the nature of inconspicuousness.  You don't want to be "high-profile".
 
2021-07-15 10:53:24 PM  
Intentional fallacy, term used in 20th-century literary criticism to describe the problem inherent in trying to judge a work of art by assuming the intent or purpose of the artist who created it.

In the franchise's long lifetime, Bond has grown far beyond whatever Fleming's original intentions and motivations were.  Cultural icon of fantasy coolness for men/cultural erotic fantasy icon for women.  For other women, he's the antithesis of modern feminism.  But hot women still all want to be Bond girls.  Go figure.

The original creator of something isn't always the best perspective on what something becomes.

Still hanging on for Emily Blunt.  Not hugely optimistic at this point.
 
2021-07-15 11:12:54 PM  
Oddly enough, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang brought Roald Dahl (creator), a guy who could have been the role model for James Bond, together with Ian Fleming (screenwriter) in the credits of that movie.
 
2021-07-16 2:59:52 AM  
"If I were ever to marry," Fleming said at that meeting, "one of my requirements would be that my wife know how to make béarnaise sauce." Charming, maybe; maybe even funny. But probably only with certain men of a certain class. And maybe not so funny at all at a time when most Brits didn't know how they would eke out their next meal.

So, egg yolks, white wine vinegar, some herbs (tarragon), shallot, peppercorns.  Pretty basic stuff that a good many people there, working class or not, would have been able to either make with those specific ingredients or with some substitutes.  Let's not accuse Fleming of snobbery here. He grew up in a place where every condiment seems to have been some shade of brown.

And yes, the joke would have been considered funny if only mildly so.  Does the writer also think that only the wealthy read Waugh and Wodehouse?

The Bond books are rigorously consistent fantasies-which is probably part of their charm.

Probably?  Everyone who is even remotely familiar with the Bond character or his creator has known this for nearly 70 years.  Just as the movies that came along in the 60s gave people a look at far flung places which would have been more difficult to travel to in those days.  The "probably" is added to give the appearance that the writer has managed to produce some important insight when he has done nothing of the sort.

I read at least a few New Republic articles each week.  They don't normally publish stuff as stupid as this.
 
2021-07-16 5:08:27 AM  

LesserEvil: Oddly enough, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang brought Roald Dahl (creator), a guy who could have been the role model for James Bond, together with Ian Fleming (screenwriter) in the credits of that movie.


They apparently worked together during WWII, and Dahl also wrote the screenplay for You Only Live Twice.  There is a story - possibly apocryphal - that Dahl's first draft for YOLT was an unfilmable, pornographic mess.
 
2021-07-16 6:25:46 AM  
I remember as a kid when the movie first came out I was in love with that car. I had the hot wheels version of it and the bigger Corgi version. I lost them somehow during a move and never got over it. 
Movie was huge at the time. They even had the car as a toy in cereal boxes. I think it was Honeycomb and you cut the box to make the wings. Good times.
/csb

p.s. I found it. I was right

1960's Honeycomb Commercial with free Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car!
Youtube 5cl-WznN8EE
 
2021-07-16 10:59:59 AM  
I'll admit I have a soft spot for that movie. It's silly and fun and actively funny.

The 'You're my teddy bear' song where they're trying to kill each other is hilarious.

Also, now I'm imagining a scene where James Bond has to pretend to be a marionette to infiltrate SPECTRE headquarters or something.
 
2021-07-16 11:29:49 AM  

PirateKing: Also, now I'm imagining a scene where James Bond has to pretend to be a marionette to infiltrate SPECTRE headquarters or something.


At least he'll have a car with lots of secret gadgets to do so.
 
2021-07-16 11:40:18 AM  

wiredroach: PirateKing: Also, now I'm imagining a scene where James Bond has to pretend to be a marionette to infiltrate SPECTRE headquarters or something.

At least he'll have a car with lots of secret gadgets to do so.


Caractacus Potts becomes Q. Prove me wrong.
 
2021-07-16 11:43:04 AM  

PirateKing: wiredroach: PirateKing: Also, now I'm imagining a scene where James Bond has to pretend to be a marionette to infiltrate SPECTRE headquarters or something.

At least he'll have a car with lots of secret gadgets to do so.

Caractacus Potts becomes Q. Prove me wrong.


He messed with someone's ole bamboo.
 
2021-07-16 11:45:04 AM  

dittybopper: PirateKing: wiredroach: PirateKing: Also, now I'm imagining a scene where James Bond has to pretend to be a marionette to infiltrate SPECTRE headquarters or something.

At least he'll have a car with lots of secret gadgets to do so.

Caractacus Potts becomes Q. Prove me wrong.

He messed with someone's ole bamboo.


The Childcatcher is a great mid-level Bond villain.
 
2021-07-16 12:32:12 PM  

dittybopper: PirateKing: wiredroach: PirateKing: Also, now I'm imagining a scene where James Bond has to pretend to be a marionette to infiltrate SPECTRE headquarters or something.

At least he'll have a car with lots of secret gadgets to do so.

Caractacus Potts becomes Q. Prove me wrong.

He messed with someone's ole bamboo.


Master of improvisation, genius inventor, able to infiltrate a hostile foreign nation with very little preparation and return British citizens who had been kidnapped.

Potts. Caractacus Potts.

Now I need metafiction with Caractacus Potts, Angus MacGuyver, and Maxwell Smart teaming up.
 
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