|“||Dolls? Dolls? I have hundreds of Dolls!||„|
|~ Baron Bomburst|
|“||I've lost my crown!||„|
|~ Bomburst wailing upon being captured.|
Baron Bomburst is the main antagonist in the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He is a cruel king and a pirate who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the enchanted car. In spite of being so cruel and tyrannical, it is clear that he is also incredibly childish, as shown by his selfish love of toys, his whiny nature, and his determination to get everything he wants. Incidentally, the book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was written by James Bond's creator Ian Fleming, and both films were produced by Albert R. Broccoli.
He was portrayed by the late Gert Fröbe, who also played the titular villain Auric Goldfinger of the James Bond film Goldfinger.
First appearing as a gentleman pirate when the Potts and Truly Scrumptious are picnicking on the beach, he reveals a cruel and greedy streak by attempting to steal Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and then he orders his men to load cannons and when the car floats, he wants it even more. But the car escapes much to his disappointment, and seeing that the car is able to float and move like a speedboat on the sea, he sabotages the Potts' home by air and kidnaps Grandpa Potts, mistaking him for the inventor of Chitty.
Later, when the Pottses and Truly follow Bomburst's zeppelin to his native Vulgaria, they discover how cruelly the Baron treats his subjects. Although it is stated that "the Baroness hates children" and that it is she who sends for the Child Catcher, it is obvious that the Baron himself hates children, as well, and his greed is evident all the more when it is revealed that all the toys made by Vulgaria's toymaker are for him.
Baron Bomburst is last seen when a huge battle occurs in his castle by an ambush lead by Caractacus Potts, Bomburst's formerly loyal servant the toymaker, the children of the villagers, and Truly Scrumptious. He and his wife cowardly hid from the battle and see lots of children overrun his castle. Wondering where the children are coming from the Bomburst couple summons the Child Catcher but even the Child Catcher is ultimately defeated by the children and is left hanging from a net in the air. Realizing the Child Catcher is defeated, Baroness suggests escaping down a slide. Baron Bomburst at first doesn't like the idea, due to not wanting to get his clothes dirty, but the couple go down anyway and get captured in the Child Catcher's cage wagon and the Bomburst couple are defeated. The villagers appear to help fight off the cavalry. With the Baron and Baroness defeated the cavalry retreat in terror. Though Vulgaria then becomes a free country, it is completely unknown what happened to the Bomburst couple afterwards. However, as they did not execute any child, it is highly likely that they were not executed for their crimes and were either exiled or sent to the very dungeons where they used to imprison children.