It was just an old neglected car, who could have guessed? Well, the two children actually did. What a fun and whimsical experience this was. Based on an Ian Fleming novel, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang stole hearts worldwide for decades.\u00a0 https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vWNxKpLl6oDY The screenplay was penned by none other than Roald Dahl, writer of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This magical film was the ultimate excursion into fantasy. The film came out when the box office was defined by violence and sex. Despite its uniqueness, Chitty stood out, and not just for kids, but for adults too. Maybe for the costumes, maybe for the songs, maybe because we all just wanted to drive that Chitty around once. And it just so happens that a famous director owns it today. So, what is the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang cast up to now? 1. Dick Van Dyke (Caractacus Potts) Everett Collection\/YouTube Screenshot Inventor, father, singer, puppet. Caractacus Potts was a man of many talents\u2014 and many contraptions that would put the wackiest Rube Goldberg machines to shame. Potts was a quirky but loving family man who encouraged his children\u2019s sense of wonder. Van Dyke was known on-set for dancing about with charisma. Apparently, the dance sequences were tough due to the actor\u2019s habit of smoking upwards of 40 cigarettes a day.\u00a0 RELATED: 27 Classic Movies That Turn 50 Years Old This Year The song \u201cMe Ol\u2019 Bamboo\u201d gave Van Dyke a hard time because the bamboo sticks they had to dance with were full of metal. All the other dancers were 15 years younger than him, and that routine alone took 23 takes to get just right. CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, Dick Van Dyke, 1968, Everett Collection Just earlier that decade, Dick gained fame in other musicals, namely Bye Bye Birdie and Mary Poppins. Van Dyke was 41 when Chitty Chitty Bang Bang came out, and he has never stopped working. In the 90s he co-starred with his son Barry in the series, Diagnosis Murder.\u00a0 And more recently He gave Ben Stiller the job of a lifetime in the Night at the Museum franchise. It was also really great to see Van Dyke return in the 2018 Mary Poppins. Today, Van Dyke is 95 years old and assures fans, \u201cI have all my marbles!\u201d He\u2019s quit cigarettes thanks to Nicorette gum and has been married to Arlene Silver since 2012.\u00a0 2. Sally Ann Howes (Truly Scrumptious) Everett Collection\/YouTube Screenshot A near car crash isn\u2019t the best way you want to meet your future spouse, but thankfully no one was hurt. The romance between Truly and Potts was original source material from the novel and thankfully, producers wanted the movie to follow their blossoming love. The adorable scene where Truly and Potts dance dressed up like toys in front of all the Baron\u2019s Co. showcases both Van Dyke and Howes as wonderful physical actors.\u00a0 Sally Ann Howes comes from a talented family. She is the daughter of all-around Renaissance man Bobby Howes and actress\/singer Patricia Malone. Howes made her film debut in 1943\u2019s Thursday\u2019s Child when she was just 13. For years after, she continued working as a child actress, including in an early adaptation of Anna Karenina starring none other than Vivien Leigh. CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, Sally Ann Howes, Dick Van Dyke, Benny Hill, 1968, Everett Collection It\u2019s hard to picture anyone else playing Truly, but fans nearly saw Julie Andrews behind the wheel, since filmmakers wanted a reunion between the two Marry Poppins stars. Andrews thought the role was too similar to Poppins and figured it was second fiddle to Potts, so she turned it down. Surprisingly, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang didn\u2019t jumpstart Howes\u2019 career the way Poppins did Andrews. Her first love was the stage, But did state quote, \u201cto be remembered, you have to do films.\u201d Today Howes is 90 and has been retired since 1992, living a much calmer life with her husband and two kids. 3. Adrian Hall (Jeremy Potts) YouTube Screenshot Jeremy Potts is attached to that rusty old car that\u2019s something out of a Bond film\u2014 because it was.\u00a0 Jeremy Potts would be Hall\u2019s biggest claim to fame. After Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hall appeared in several UK television programs and performed in the West End through the early 1970s. After that, he became a principal at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. He actually had to remove Chitty Chitty Bang Bang from his resume, otherwise, scouts just saw him as a child actor.\u00a0 Hall now finds teaching more rewarding than acting. \u201cIf you are on stage for two hours you get a round of applause and that's it,\u201d Halls said in regard to his love for teaching. CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, Heather Ripley, Dick Van Dyke, Adrian Hall, 1968, Everett Collection Today he\u2019s 62 and recently retired to enjoy the quiet life with a small family of his own. 4. Lionel Jeffries (Grandpa Potts) Everett Collection\/YouTube Screenshot It\u2019s the posh, posh traveling life for eccentric Grandpa Potts. Fans would be surprised by the places a shed can take you, and the trouble one case of mistaken identity can cause!\u00a0 Fittingly, while Grandpa Potts treated his family like the army, Jeffries actually did serve in the army. His service caused him to start balding at a young age, a fact he took full advantage of when he returned home. Jeffries\u2019 early stage balding aided in him playing much older characters. In reality, the actor was actually 6 months younger than Dick Van Dyke. CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, Dick Van Dyke, Heather Ripley, Lionel Jeffries, Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall & the cast, 1968. Later, Jeffries moved from in front of the camera to behind to write and direct The Railway Children and The Amazing Mr. Blunden, both well-received. Jeffries had a negative view of television acting early on but played \u2018Grandad\u2019 in a 1993 season of Woof. \u00a0He retired in 2001 due to his declining health. Jeffries passed away in 2010 at the age of 83 after suffering from vascular dementia. 5. Gert Fr\u00f6be (Baron Bomburst) Everett Collection\/YouTube Screenshot Behold, citizens of Vulgaria, and tremble before the tyrannical Baron Bomburst. Before donning the ill-deserved crown of Baron Bomburst in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Gert played another legendary villain: the iconic Goldfinger from the 3rd James Bond film. Gert had a history of playing some shifty characters, like an Axis general in Is Paris Burning?\u00a0 CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, Gert Frobe, (in crown) 1968, Everett Collection Additionally, Fr\u00f6be was an ally for Mercedes-Benz in some commercials promoting the coupe and sedan. Sadly, this famous villain with a heart of gold died in 1988 from a heart attack. He was 75 years old. 6. Anna Quayle (Baroness Bomburst) Everett Collection\/YouTube Screenshot She\u2019s his little chu-chi face, coo-chi, coo- The Baroness loved the Baron, enough for spontaneous, synchronized dance routines, handshakes, and matching gaudy jewelry. Quayle won Broadway's 1963 Tony Award for her supporting role in Stop the World\u2014 I Want to Get Off. Then she populated a small but memorable scene in A Hard Day\u2019s Night, alongside John Lennon. Late in her career, Quayle was a part of the long-running soap, Grange Hill for 85 episodes as Mrs. Monroe until 1994. This was essentially her final role, however.\u00a0 CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, Anna Quayle, Gert Frobe, 1968, Everett Collection Sadly, Anna Quayle was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in 2012. The actress passed away in 2019 at the age of 86. 7. Heather Ripley (Jemima Potts) YouTube Screenshot Jemima\u2019s smile was enough to make dad do anything he could to buy her that old magical piece of junk. In Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Ripley put in a fine performance for a little girl of just 8-years-old. Sadly, Ripley can\u2019t think back on Chitty as fondly as fans can. While filming, the young actress was harassed by the paparazzi when her dad had a public affair. Ripley\u2019s adult life has been spent as an anti-nuclear activist and environmentalist. Instead of Cobstone Windmill, she lives in makeshift peace camps and was even arrested during a protest. CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, Sally Ann Howes, Dick Van Dyke, Adrian Hall, Heather Ripley, 1968, Everett Collection Today, she\u2019s in her early 60s and has come around to understanding that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang didn\u2019t cause her parents to split, sometimes life just doesn\u2019t work out. 8. Benny Hill (Toymaker) Everett Collection\/YouTube Screenshot Residents of Vulgaria marveled at the wonders devised by the resident Toymaker. Sure, he\u2019s grumpy and a little suspicious, but so goes a toymaker in a town where children are illegal. Benny Hill was first brought onto the project to rewrite some scenes at the request of Dick Van Dyke but was quickly brought on as the Toymaker. Hill was already an icon in British entertainment thanks to The Benny Hill Show, which was all slapstick and burlesque and double-meanings.\u00a0 9. Robert Helpmann (Child Catcher) Everett Collection\/YouTube Screenshot The Child Catcher is as iconic as he is terrifying, complete with a wonky hat, pointy nose, and cage on wheels disguised as a treat-wagon. Surely the invader of many a child's poor nightmares for sure.\u00a0 Helpmann is world-renowned as a dancer and choreographer. Amongst his other achievements, Helpmann was the director of the Australian Ballet Company. Wild fact: Helpmann was nearly killed during the production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang when the carriage that he was driving spun out of control and turned over. Thanks to his dancer's reflexes, he was able to leap off and land safely on his feet. CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, Heather Ripley, Adrian Hall, Sally Ann Howes, Robert Helpmann, Dick Van Dyke, 1968, Everett Collection. Helpmann passed away in 1986 and the age of 77, but he will quite likely never be forgotten.\u00a0 One of the best family films of all time, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has sat in fans\u2019 hearts for decades. So where is the Chitty today? The current owner of the car is director Peter Jackson. He could be seen driving in New Zealand with his cast members of The Hobbit films, all the while playing the main theme song through a sound system. A theme song that was nominated for an academy award.