Because it is the anniversary of Ian Fleming’s birth today, in 1908, we thought we would look at themes related to his work. Most obviously, of course, we have James Bond, a theme which regularly crops up as a seemingly glamorous option, until the guys find that tuxedos are not as easy to come by as they thought (but check out the tuxedo Morphsuit!), and the girls feel they would like to be something a little better than arm-candy in a cocktail dress. Here at Props & Frocks, we have solved this problem with a helpful information page within this site, which gives a range of Bond-related costume suggestions to suit almost all tastes. Of course there is a new Bond film, Skyfall, scheduled for the end of this year, but it would be fair to say that the recent films have offered fewer costuming opportunities, than their predecessors of the 1960s & 70s. On the other hand, Fleming’s more specialist fantasy work ‘Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang’ about a flying racing car offers some interesting characters, from the devious Child Catcher to the many guises of the heroine Truly Scrumptious.