'Chitty' Director Dies

08/28/1997 at 12:00 AM EDT

British film director Ken Hughes, 79, whose movies include the 1967 spy spoof "Casino Royale" and the 1968 musical "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," died of complications from Alzheimer's disease on Saturday in Los Angeles. "Chitty," based on a children's fantasy by James Bond novelist Ian Fleming, starred Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes and concerned a flying car. Hughes's other films included the 1970 historical drama "Cromwell," with Richard Harris, and 1960's "The Trials of Oscar Wilde," starring Peter Finch. His final film was 1981's "Night School," which was also known as "Terror Eyes."

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