‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ in series of books

Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 12:41 PM IST

London: An author of children’s books is writing a new series of novels that will feature the iconic ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ flying car.

Frank Cottrell Boyce, the author, has admitted that he has “no idea” why the family of the original author, James Bond creator Ian Fleming, have asked him to do it.

The new series tells of a family who get more than they bargained for when they put an old racing engine into their old VW camper van.

“I went back to the book for the first time since I was a boy and was delighted to discover that it’s really good and, secondly, it’s crying out for a sequel,” the Daily Express quoted Boyce as saying.

Boyce, from Liverpool, won the Carnegie Medal for his first book, ‘Millions’, in 2004, and as a screenwriter his credits include the films ‘Welcome To Sarajevo’, ‘Hilary and Jackie’ and ‘24 Hour Party People’.

“‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ is thrilled to have Frank, with his humour, his genius and his spanner, sparking her plugs, polishing her chrome and buffing up her bumpers,” Fleming’s niece Lucy said.