Sunday, 1 January 2012
David Tennant to voice Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sequel
David Tennant is to voice the audiobook version of Frank Cottrell Boyce's sequel to Ian Fleming's beloved children's tale Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The former Doctor Who star was contacted personally by the estate of Ian Fleming, which asked him to provide his voice for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again after the novel was released to critical acclaim in October.
Ian Fleming's niece Lucy said Tennant brings 'wry humour and great characterisation' to the audiobook version of the novel, which the Guardian's John Lacey described as 'much funnier and more engaging than Fleming's original tale' in his review.
'We are thrilled that David agreed to read the audiobook. He is such a talented actor and his voice brings Frank Cottrell Boyce's story to life. Chitty could not have been in safer hands with him behind the wheel,' Lucy added.
Tennant said the story is 'very clever, slightly surreal and hugely readable' and also praised the connections to Fleming's most famous creation – James Bond – that Boyce wrote into the story.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was first published in 1964, shortly before Fleming's death from a heart attack, with a successful film adaptation released in 1968 and an acclaimed stage version premiering at the London Palladium in 2002
The Guardian has an audio interview with David in which he
talks to Lucy Fleming, niece of Chitty's creator Ian Fleming, about the character and the books.
In this interview with Lucy Fleming, Tennant describes how he would "love to have a car that would take off, escape the traffic, and fly you to any country in the world" and discusses some of the James Bond references Frank Cottrell Boyce has woven into the story.
A version of this interview is available with the audio download of the book.
The novel by Frank Cottrell Boyce, the first official sequel to Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, is available as an exclusive download for £10.99 from Audible and iTunes.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again is also published as hardback and e-book by Macmillan Children’s Books.