When the production filmed in the Bavarian town of Rothenberg on the Tauber, some locals were used. Senior citizens were cast as the townspeople of Vulgaria, while the local university's riding teams played the Vulgarian soldiers.
The scenes in and around Baron Bomburst's castle in Vulgaria were shot on location at King Ludwig II's Castle Neuschwanstein, located at the foot of the Alps on the Bavarian-Austrian border.
The musical number 'Toot Sweets' took three weeks to film and involved 38 dancers, 40 singers, 85 musicians and 100 dogs.
Seven different Chitties were built: a worn-out one, a restored one, one for the flying scenes, one for the water scenes and three partial models for various other scenes.
Heather Ripley recalled that she did not realize until much later that Dick Van Dyke was an alcoholic when the film was made.
Director Ken Hughes reportedly hated the finished film.
Helpmann's character has often been named as one of the scariest characters ever to be brought on screen. Not only did it make it into Empire magazine, but also onto Channel 4's 100 Scariest Movie Moments. The Child Catcher was the inspiration for Marilyn Manson's "Smells Like Children" EP. The title and cover art, as well as Manson's outfit and appearance during the album, reference the Robert Helpmann character.
Voted number 14 in Channel 4's (UK) "Greatest Family Films".
# # The film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" has a different story than the original book by Ian Fleming. The story used in the film was created by author Roald Dahl, who is best known for the children's books James and the Giant Peach (1996) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). Ironically, the first James Bond film not to follow the original book was You Only Live Twice (1967), which also used an original story by Dahl.
# # The original book "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was written by the creator of "James Bond", Ian Fleming. In "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" two actors from "James Bond" films appear: Gert Fröbe and Desmond Llewelyn.
Has the distinction of being the only non-James Bond film produced by Albert R. Broccoli after the Bond series began. This is because the novel on which the movie is based was written by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond.
The colors of the floating Chitty - purple, green, and white - were the colors of the women's suffrage movement of that time.
Baron Bomburst's castle is Neuschwanstein, built between 1869 and 1886 for the Bavarian King Ludwig II, "The Mad King of Bavaria". This castle is also famously known as the model for the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, which was the symbol of the Disney Television programs "Disneyland" (1954), _Walt Disney Presents (1958) (TV)_ and Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1962) (TV)_.
The license number for Truly's car, CUB 1, is a reference to Albert R. Broccoli's nickname, Cubby.
Dick Van Dyke had appeared in several Disney movies prior to this. In a press release he quipped, "This will out-Disney Disney."