”Fine Four-Fendered Friend”
© 2002 Robert Sherman
“Fantasmagorical” new painting by Robert
Robert Sherman’s new painting “Fine Four Fendered Friend”
is inspired by the magical motorcar Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, also wrote
a children’s book called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Although
aimed at the younger set, it was really more of a cold war
spy satire than anything else.
In 1968 “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” was was produced as
a motion picture by Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli, famous
for bringing the James Bond novels to the screen. Cubby asked Robert
and Richard Sherman, who a few years earlier had won two academy
awards for their music in Disney’s “Mary Poppins”,
to write the songs for “Chitty”. The film’s team included
other “Poppins” alumni, including Dick Van Dyke and musical
director Irwin Kostal.
The film’s title song “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”
brought the Sherman Brothers their third Academy Award Nomination.
The new stage musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, featuring
the songs of the Sherman Brothers, debuts at the London Palladium
in 2002. Great excitement surrounds the play, with over £2
million of tickets sold prior to the show’s opening.