Chitty Chitty Bang Bang represents a successful recent trend in West End musicals. Producers will mount a stage version of a popular film musical, guaranteeing box office interest from all the fans of the original film. The 1968 film was based on the book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang written, surprisingly, by Ian Fleming, who is more famous for writing the books which introduced Agent 007 James Bond to the world. Crackpot inventor Caractacus Potts buys a dilapidated car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and he and his two children and Truly Scrumptious, the beautiful daughter of Lord Scrumptious get caught up in an amazing adventure, during which Chitty Chitty Bang Bang turns out to be able to fly and sail. The stage version directed by Adrian Noble of the RSC, which opened in March 2002, features a miraculous piece of theatrical machinery to simulate the car flying.