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Ellen Kotzin
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My son has began reading Dahl's stuff (Charlie and the Choc. Factory, The BFG, Magic finger etc...). They are doing Charlie on the screen as we know, and also will do the BFG!!!
Check out his website (Dahl's) to refresh your memory on who he is, and if you like him etc...
http://www.roalddahl.com/
Anybody have any comments on other books of his?
His writing is very smart, and fun for children and adults.

Ellen
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I used to really love Roald Dahl books. I haven't read them all, but everything I read of his was amazing! I'm really excited to hear that they'll be making a BFG movie...that's awesome news!

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My favorite Roald Dahl movie was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Not only does he have a lot of fun parodying James Bond, but he actually got the actors who played Goldfinger and Q into the movie!

(To this day, the child collector still gives me chills!)
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My Favorite Dahl story is "The Man from the South" which he adapted for an Hitchcock Presents television show that starred Peter Lorrie and Steve McQueen.
Teller once did a fun trick based on this program and story
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Tim Burton will be remaking Willy Wonka. Johnny Depp will be the Choclately One. I cannot wait.
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I always found his autobiography "Boy" to be my favorite of his books. It is very entertaining.
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"Boy" was great. "The Fabulous Mr. Fox" was brilliant too. And I may be going out of a limb here, but I believe "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was written by none other than Ian Fleming himself.

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Yeah, I was thinking the same thing Mark. It's a great story though. I know all the songs from the movie by heart.

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I found his stuff to come in two flavors...

One for children where there is hope and happiness...

and one for adults where foibles grow to monstrous proportions and people wind up wishing they were kids again.

Take you pick.

Try comparing his version of the rabbit story, to the Thurber story. Or, if you have the facilities... use a randomizer to mix the prose. mmmmmm good writing.
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Take my pick?...Cool!

I'll be the kid. I'll never tire of hope and happiness.

Dahl's work is timeless. Right up there with A. A. Milne, F. H. Burnett, and L. F. Baum.

I still read Milne for personal pleasure.
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On 2004-08-02 17:41, lastnitesfun wrote:
"Boy" was great. "The Fabulous Mr. Fox" was brilliant too. And I may be going out of a limb here, but I believe "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was written by none other than Ian Fleming himself.

Mark


If I remember correcyly, there was a close connection between Dahl and Flemming. Roald Dahl is credited with the screenplay to "You only live twice"

"The man from the south" is one of my favourites too, but my vote goes to the story about the young man who rents a room from a nice old lady with a taste for stuffed pets - and lodgers...
Sorry, I can't remember the title, I only read it in norwegian.

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Ian Flemming and Dahl go back pretty far. Dahl wrote the screenplay for "You Only Live Twice". It is still my favorite Bond movie.
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On 2004-08-02 17:41, lastnitesfun wrote:
"Boy" was great. "The Fabulous Mr. Fox" was brilliant too. And I may be going out of a limb here, but I believe "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was written by none other than Ian Fleming himself.

Mark


Yes, the story was written by Ian Fleming, but the screenplay was written by Dahl.
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Oh, very cool, you learn something new everyday. Thanks Scott.

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On 2004-08-06 19:31, MinnesotaChef wrote:
Ian Flemming and Dahl go back pretty far. Dahl wrote the screenplay for "You Only Live Twice". It is still my favorite Bond movie.


It IS one of the best! Together with "Diamonds are forever"

Remember the Chinese lady in the beginning: "I give you very best duck!" There was things not said in mainstream movies in the sixties...

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