Friday, March 11, 2011

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Betty Keira suggested Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for Cinema Betty this week.  This despite the fact that she's never seen it all the way through. I have. I didn't know until today that the screenplay was written in part by Roald Dahl. I did know that the novel it was based on was written by Ian Fleming. Who are Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming? Roald Dahl is probably most famous for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Ian Fleming...Bond, James Bond. 
Yeah. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
 I'll be one of the first to admit that the storyline of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is verging on bizarre. One thing I do like about the movie is the name of the leading lady's character. Truly Scrumptious.  Much better than Eustacia Crump.  There's just no way to make Crump sound good.  Nope, there's nothing euphonious about it. Crump has got to be the very worst last name in the entire canon.

My favorite Betty Neels heroine's name is Cassandra Darling (from Cassandra By Chance (which has quite possibly my favorite first half of a book in Neeldom)).

What are your favorite/least favorite names?