Unbelievably, this was based on a book by Ian Fleming, who created James Bond. And, for the adult viewer, you can have fun with all the Bond connections. Ken Adam did the sets, Gert Frobe, who played Goldfinger, co-stars, as does Desmond "Q" Llewelyn. Roald Dahl adapted the screenplay; he also worked on "You Only Live Twice." It's a very strange and whimsical children's film that has a lot of good parts but is too long and has too many songs by the Sherman Brothers, who mostly worked on Disney films. Dick Van Dyke wisely refrains from doing a British accent as he attempted to do in "Mary Poppins," a film with some obvious parallels. Look for Benny Hill in a small role.

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