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His father is English, his children are English, but Caracticus Potts speaks with an American accent. Dick Van Dyke is certainly capable of speaking with an English accent, but doesn't. Why?: A) Because he can NOT speak with an english accent. His role in Mary Poppins was several years earlier and he caught quite a lot of flack because of his godawful accent. (In most "worst accent in movies" surveys it still ranks in the "top" 10.) So no english accent for the professor (thank goodness)!Also he would only agree to doing this role as long as he DID NOT have to effect an English accent.
Yes. The movie is loosely based on a children's book series written by Ian Fleming, the same man responsible for the creation of the famous James Bond series of books, which were also adapted into films by MGM and United Artists. The books were written specifically for Ian Fleming's son, and became big hits among Fleming enthusiests and book critics, which lead to the film adaptation.
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