Having penned thirteen James Bond books in quick succession, Ian Fleming did a 180 with his tale of oddball inventor Caractacus Potts, his phantasmagorical flying car and the candy factory heiress, Truly Scrumptious, who becomes its co-driver.
While on an evil par with such legendary 007 adversaries as Blofeld and Hugo Drax, the film’s standout character, The Child Catcher, was actually dreamt up by Roald Dahl who oversaw the big-screen adaptation. It premiered in December ’68 with the holiday market in mind, hence the enduring Christmas association.
Snack: In the absence of Toot Sweets – cue Dick Van Dyk chirping: “A musical morsel supreme!” – we’d recommend a bag of Haribo.
Drink: In keeping with the sweet-toothed tone of the film, some strawberry milk. After that, though, it’s back to the organic wheatgrass juice…