Robbery

Date: 1967
Director: Peter Yates
Production Company: Oakhurst Productions

Stars: Stanley Baker, Joanna Pettet, James Booth, Frank Finlay, Barry Foster
Location(s): Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, London, Dublin (Ireland)

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Storyline:

A gang is formed to carry out the ambitious robbery of an overnight mail train travelling from Scotland to London.

Additional Information:

Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

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"Any moment now" . . . "He could be late", "But he isn't". A Vanden Plas Princess passes the stolen ambulance in which Dave, Frank and Freddy sit waiting. Hatton Garden in London EC1 is also seen in 'The Secret Place', 'The Hatton Garden Job', 'Dateline Diamonds', 'A Fish Called Wanda', 'Eyes Wide Shut', 'Snatch' and 'High Heels and Low Lifes' many of which are detailed in the London Movie Guide by Simon James (ISBN: 9781849940139).

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A ground level shot from Simon.

The chauffeur driven car drives south along Hatton Garden from Clerkenwell Road to park outside a jewelers near the junction with Greville Street. Location confirmed by Adrian Wild.

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The same section of street, again from ground level.

While the Chauffeur and the Courier enter the building to collect a consignment of diamonds, a Traffic Warden approaches and places a device in the car. Hatton Garden in EC1.

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And another from SJ.

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Watched by Jack, the Vanden Plas drives off before the ambulance pulls away from the kerb. Looking north along Hatton Garden with the corner of Hatton Wall in the distance.

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In his Mk II Jaguar, Jack (Clinton Greyn) follows the Courier's car. New Change in EC4 facing Cannon Street with the corner of Watling Street to the left.

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The ambulance crosses Holborn Viaduct. Outside Morley House on the south side of the street between the viaduct and the former station.

The Jaguar keeps close behind the Courier while the ambulance follows at a safe distance. Queen Victoria Street EC4 with the corner of Friday Street to the left.

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The corner now. SJ

Jack glances across at a stop watch counting down on the passenger seat. Friday Street with Gateway House on Cannon Street straight ahead.

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And turning round the corner from the previous shot. SJ

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Congestion slows the Couriers progress. Looking along Newgate Street the corner of Warwick Lane on the left and Holborn Viaduct ahead.

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Frank brings the ambulance onto High Holborn from Procter Street WC1.

The Vanden Plas nears Trafalgar Square. Strand WC2 with the entrance to Charing Cross station on the left, Duncannon Street to the right and Admiralty Arch in the distance.

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Peter grabs a similar view from street level.

The device in the Courier's car counts down towards zero. Looking north-east along Strand from Trafalgar Square.

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Taken by Peter, from the safety of the pavement.

The last few seconds tick away on Jack's stop watch as the Vanden Plas turns into Northumberland Avenue. Looking back towards Trafalgar Square with the National Gallery in the left background.

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Peter turns the corner too.

The device's timer triggers a gas release causing the Chauffeur and Courier to pass out and the car to career across the road into a skip. Northumberland Avenue in WC2 at the corner of Great Scotland Yard with Hungerford Bridge visible in the distance. The location appears in 'Make Mine a Million', 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' and 'The Crooked Sky'.

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And with one of the pair of pedestrian Golden Jubilee bridges, completed in 2002, to help obscure verification. SJ

A Police Officer soon arrives on the scene and flags down Frank's ambulance as it approaches. Looking westward outside the Metropole Buildings on Northumberland Avenue.

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Too many trees! SJ

Dave Aitken (William Marlowe) pulls the Courier from the wrecked car. Northumberland Avenue with The Playhouse at the end of Craven Street visible to the right.

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Buses parked at a stand get in the way, defying a better angle! This is near Great Scotland Yard on Northumberland Avenue. SJ

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Jack watches from a distance as the Courier is loaded into the back of the ambulance. Northumberland Avenue with the corner of Great Scotland Yard to the left of centre.

Sirens are switched on and the Policeman stops traffic to allow the ambulance to move off. Northumberland Avenue in London WC2.

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At last, a shot proving the location beyond any reasonable doubt. SJ

After witnessing a successful heist, Jack returns to his Jaguar. The corner of Northumberland Avenue and Embankment Place.

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The brickwork has been covered. SJ

The six cylinder engine bursts into life. Facing the junction of Northumberland Avenue and Whitehall Place from the corner of Embankment Place and Craven Street with Embankment Gardens to the left.

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Looking towards Whitehall Place now. SJ

Jack spins the car around and heads to meet the ambulance at the rendezvous point. Looking towards Victoria Embankment from Embankment Place with the Shell Centre in the left distance.

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The Shell Centre is partially obscured by the shelter. SJ

With the siren silenced, Frank drives the ambulance away from the city. Duncannon Street with the National Gallery in the right background.

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Most of the location's elements are present in Peter's ground level shot.

In the back of the ambulance, the Courier's attache case is searched before the diamonds are found in his pocket. Euston Road with Great Portland Street station in the right distance.

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Peter took this from a safer viewpoint.

Parking in front of Jack's car, Frank (Barry Foster) gets out of the ambulance. Simon James confirms IMDB's identification of Harbridge Avenue in Roehampton SW15.

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Geoff send this picture that he took in 2012 revealing that very little had changed. (RL)

Along an adjacent street, a police car cruises through the estate. Looking between buildings towards Danebury Avenue from Harbridge Avenue.

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Another shot taken by Geoff in 2012, sometimes taking into the sunshine cannot be avoided. (RL)

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The squad car reverses and the Radio Operator (Carl Rigg) confirms the identity of the stolen ambulance as the gang transfer to the Jag. Danebury Avenue with Harbridge Avenue in the background.

Reversing the car away from the ambulance, Jack speeds from the scene. Harbridge Avenue at the junction with Ellisfield Drive.

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This photograph from Geoff, also taken in 2012, shows a more environment friendly neighbourhood. (RL)

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The police car speeds after the crooks. The corner of Harbridge Avenue and Ellisfield Drive in Roehampton SW15.

Inside the Jaguar, Dave, Frank and Freddy change out of their uniforms. Looking north-west on St. Marks Road in W11 with the corner of Camelford Road in the centre and buildings on Lancaster Road in the left distance.

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I would have preferred to have been a little further back but parked cars prevented. The old Camelford Road is more or less where the school entrance is now. (RL)

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The police car keeps the Jag in sight. The gasometer in distance belongs to Kensal Green gasworks which makes this looking north on Silchester Terrace. Darfield Way now covers part of the site.

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A corner is taken at speed. The junction of Blechynden Street and Silchester Terrace.

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The shot precedes the police car around the corner. Facing west on Blechynden Street with Silchester Terrace crossing behind the vehicle. Blechynden Street features in ‘Hide and Seek’, ‘Leo the Last’, ‘Operation Third Form’ and ‘The Touchables’.

The Radio Operator in the car tells headquarters where they are . . . it's Delamare Terrace W2 as seen from the footbridge over the Grand Union Canal and we've been here before with ‘The Boys’, 'Count Five and Die' and 'Midnight Episode'.

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Now with trees out of control. SJ

Closing in, the Police Driver (Joe Wadham) skillfully takes another corner. The corner of Essendine Road and Wymering Road in W9.

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Geoff sends a shot of the same corner but without foreground. (RL)

An additional screen capture from Geoff Dodd showing the getaway car being chased by the police. Lansdowne Crescent looking back across Ladbroke Grove with Ladbroke Gardens in the background. (RL)

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Geoff provides a shot of the location from on foot but nevertheless still from the road.

A further screen capture from Geoff showing the police travelling along Loudon Road passing the junction with Blenheim Road. (RL)

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A "now" shot from Geoff bare of leaves and policemen. (RL)

The two Jaguars race along suburban roads. Facing south on Ladbroke Grove at the junction with Ladbroke Gardens. Looking the other way would give us a view seen in ‘The Blue Lamp’.

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Tris dices with death on the main road for this modern shot.

Orders are given to head off the criminals towards Lancaster Gate. Through the windscreen can be seen Marble Arch in W2.

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Replicated from the back of a taxi . . . I hope the dedication's enjoyed. SJ

The police car sets off to intercept the thieves. This is the corner of Tyburn Way and Oxford Street at Marble Arch.

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A similar view from Peter.

Two Motorcycle Cops join the chase. The junction of Oxford Street and Bird Street W1.

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Quite a few changes at this corner in Peter's comparison.

The two bikes head eastward along Oxford Street. The corner of James Street fills the left side of the capture.

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Taken from the pavement, Peter provides this comparison of the same corner.

The police car in close pursuit gains on the robbers' Jaguar. Maxilla Gardens in W10 with Cambridge Gardens crossing the background. Location found by members of the Britmovie Forum.

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It is not possible to replicate the film capture angle as the building on the right occupies what was Maxilla Gardens where the police car is seen. Geoff Dodd provided his own shot of the location from Cambridge Gardens but this Google Earth captures provides a wider view. (RL)

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Both cars are hidden from view by properties on Scampston Mews in the foreground while buildings on Cambridge Gardens occupy the top of the capture.

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Panning left, the camera waits for the silver Jaguar to appear. The corner of St. Helen’s Gardens and Cambridge Gardens with Bramley Road to the bottom left.

Dave tells Jack to turn left. The corner of Rosmead Road and Elgin Crescent with Crescent Mansions in the right background.

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Geoff Dodd took this from inside his car as can be seen by the ventilator reflection. (RL)

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Jack steers left off the main road . . . "now right". Looking north on St. Ann’s Road W11 with Rifle Place to the left. The area has been redeveloped but not before the cast and crew of 'Otley' visited the following year.

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A screech of tyres accompanies the turn. Rifle Place with Latimer Road ahead.

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A Copper appears straight ahead. Latimer Road with Hunt Street to the left and Frinstead House in the right distance. Hunt Close now occupies this location.

The Officer smashes the Jag's windscreen but the crooks continue to flee. Lord Hill’s Road in W2 with Gaydon House in the right background. The area was seen in ‘The Blue Lamp’, 'Pressure', 'The Battleaxe' and 'The Sandwich Man'.

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Geoff Dodd took this comparative shot on a very cold day back in 2009. (RL)

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Dave tells Frank to get ready to jump from the car. Camley Street N1 . . . . now where have we seen this landscape before?

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We have seen a very similar landscape in "Smashing Time" Capture 83. (RL)

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As the car appears from the darkness of the bridge, the rear door opens before Frank jumps, rolling away from the road. Camley Street with the bridge on the left carrying the railway north out of St. Pancras station.

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The remains of the railings are at least still visible....I can let you have an enlarged view! (RL)

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The police car corrects it's path after speeding from beneath the bridge. Facing southward on Camley Street. The location features in ‘Herostratus’, 'Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter' and 'Alfie' from 1966.

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All now very much changed. (RL)

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Picking himself up, Frank dashes up a nearby stairway. The steps lead from Camley Street to the railway sidings above. The railings at the bottom of the steps can be seen in image 51.

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Yes! It is the wrong angle but it does show the entry point to the sidings. However, the correct shot is possible when the St. Pancras Waterpoint is open to the public, hopefully, again in 2018 during London "Open House". (RL)

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Dave turns, shouting for Freddy to jump . . . . The fences surround the former Caledonian Market in N7. Other sections of the fence are seen in ‘Friday the Thirteenth’ and the market appears in 'The Committee', 'A Cry from the Streets' and 'Boys in Brown'.

. . . . "Now". Rifle Place again with Dorrit House on St. Ann’s Road in the background.

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Geoff provides an older "now" shot advising that the green is now a "rather garish yellow". (RL)

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Freddy (Patrick Jordan) dives under the trailer of a parked lorry. Rifle Place W11 with buildings on Latimer Road to the right.

Jack drives on with the police close behind. Christopher Matheson identifies this as the view south-east from Crucifix Lane along Druid Street SE1.

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The building in the distance of the screen capture is on the corner of Tower Bridge Road and has 'The Cat and Cucumber Cafe' at street level. Unfortunately now obscured by the new colourful development. (RL)

Gaining on the police after the squad car failed to make a turn, Jack pushes the Jag onward. St. Mark’s Road W11 with Cornwall Crescent crossing the background, the spire of the since demolished St. Mark’s church and Blenheim Crescent in the distance.

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Unfortunately the greenery obscures the only identifiable property remaining. (RL)

Panning with the car as it tears along St. Mark's Road brings properties on Lancaster Road into view in the right distance.

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A rather less clearly defined vista now. (RL)

Outside the Quentin Pope Junior School a Lollypop Man (David Storm) stops traffic for a class of youngsters to cross the road. The school was the, then, George Eliot Primary School on Marlborough Hill NW8 and the prop sign reworks the name of the Kynaston and Quintin schools which stood southward along the street. SJ

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The school sign spells "Quentin" rather than "Quintin" and I'm not sure where the "Pope" came from. SJ

The pupils file across the quiet road. Marlborough Hill in St. John’s Wood with Boundary Road crossing the background.

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Now, looking north towards Boundary Road. SJ

Still pursued by the police car, the silver Jag speeds toward the line of children. Looking south along Marlborough Hill.

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Marlborough Hill taken by Geoff Dodd on a murky winters day. (RL)

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The Teacher (Rachel Herbert) turns as her class scatters to avoid the car. Marlborough Hill with Freeling House and Sherlock Court on Boundary Road in the background.

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After the police car crashes to avoid hitting the children, a Detective (Roger Booth) rushes from the vehicle to speak with the Teacher. Outside George Eliot School on Marlborough Hill with Lyndhurst Court on Finchley Road visible to the top centre. The Kynaston and Quintin schools merged in 1969 to become the Quintin Kynaston School on this site. SJ

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Paul Clifton (Stanley Baker) and his wife Catherine (Joanna Pettet) arrive in London by train. Victoria station on Terminus Place SW1.

The couple walk in silence before Paul calls a taxi from the rank. The forecourt of Victoria station on Terminus Place.

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Now. SJ

The taxi draws forward and Kate climbs in after a kiss from her husband. Terminus Place and the front of Victoria station appear in many films including 'Say Hello to Yesterday', 'Child in the House', 'The End of the Line' and the Children's Film Foundation production 'Night Ferry.

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Definitely. SJ

As Kate's cab departs, Paul walks towards a news stand. Terminus Place in London SW1.

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a difficult one this. The bland addition to the frontage jamming up the pavement never did help matters. SJ

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Picking up a newspaper, Paul reads "All OK" handwritten in the late news panel. And there's the street sign confirming the location.

Paul runs across the road, discarding the paper into a bin on the way. Turning away from the station, Simon James confirms this as Grosvenor Gardens opposite Terminus Place.

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Grosvenor Gardens opposite Terminus Place on a nice spring day. SJ

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Following a visit to make enquiries at Jack's garage, Inspector George Langdon arrives back at Scotland Yard to report to his Chief. Looking onto Victoria Embankment from within New Scotland Yard at the east end of Derby Gate.

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The Inspector parks his Mini. Derby Gate in London SW1. The old familiar Scotland Yard is also seen in 'The Counterfeit Plan', 'The Man in the Road', 'Portrait of Alison' and 'The Night Caller'.

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Cars converge on a multi-storey car park at Heathrow Airport.

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With headlights gleaming, an Austin-Healey 3000 ascends through the car parks levels.

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Dave gets back into the Austin-Healey after placing a 'closed' sign behind Jack's E-Type Jaguar.

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When Paul arrives in his Bentley, Dave, Frank and Jack approach to hear of a plan that will net three or four million pounds.

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After Jack is arrested on suspicion of being connected with the diamond theft, a witness is briefed before looking along an identity parade. This courtyard lies within New Scotland Yard off Derby Gate in London.

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Jack follows the members of another line up as they descend into the courtyard. The stairway is detailed on old maps of New Scotland Yard.

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The line up is organised as a car bringing the School Teacher from Quentin Pope School turns into the courtyard. The courtyard of Norman Shaw North Building of New Scotland Yard.

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The School Teacher walks along the men in the parade before stopping in front of Jack, slapping his face. The archway looks out onto an open yard off from Derby Gate.

While the two run through the park together, Paul stops and returns to Dave when he takes a drink from a water fountain. Simon James suggests Battersea Park and this is looking west towards Ethelburga Tower in the left background.

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The drinking fountain seen in 1967 is now a garish orange bin. The houses and flats on Albert Bridge Road are hidden by the trees and I'm using the wrong lens. SJ

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Following the brief pause, the pair discuss arrangements for the planned robbery of the overnight mail train from Scotland. Battersea Park in London SW11.

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Paul takes cine footage of the area chosen as the site for the mail train hold up. The disused railway line running between Market Harborough and Rugby near to Theddingworth in Leicestershire.

Running down the embankment, Paul gets into his car and drives away from the film's Partington Bridge. John Wood confirms IMBD’s identification of the bridge carrying the railway line over Bunker’s Hill to the east of Theddingworth’s former station.

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John Wood provides this picture of the now overgrown bridge on the road off the A4304 at Theddingworth. Image copyright Google.

An Informant gives Inspector George Langdon (James Booth) information about specialists being recruited for an unknown job. The Pergola, or new Serpentine Restaurant off Serpentine Road, south of Serpentine Bridge in Hyde Park in London W2. The location appears in 'Theatre of Blood ' and 'Alfie Darling'.

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Peter took this shot of the modern replacement.

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Waiting to be sprung from prison, bank note expert Robinson (Frank Finlay) is accompanied by an underworld Contact (Frank Williams) during exercise.

Prisoners circle the excise yard. Arbour Hill Prison in Dublin, Ireland as advised on IMDB.

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Even Marcas Uí Neíll was unable to talk his way inside so asks us to accept this shot from the outside. (RL)

A pantechnicon drives alongside the prison walls before coming to a stand.

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Marcas had no such problem with the external capture. (RL)

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As a prearranges fight breaks out in the yard, masked Accomplices throw ropes over the wall to aid Robinson in his escape. Looking southward across Arbour Hill Prison on Arbour Hill, Dublin 7.

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Following the escape, the pantechnicon drives slowly along a nearby street as the back doors are opened. Niall Street in Dublin 7.

From the back of the lorry, a Mini reverses onto the roadway before speeding away. Ken Bacon identifies this as Niall Street looking towards Ben Edair Road with St. Gabriel's National School in the background. The location is about 1 Km from Arbour Hill Prison.

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Ken Bacon provides this shot of the same street. Image copyright Google.

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In Scotland, Paul walks along the platform where the night mail train is being loaded. Marylebone station in London NW1 where scenes for 'Smashing Time', 'The Ipcress File' 'Left, Right and Centre' and 'A Hard Day's Night' were shot.

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Paul walks over to a waiting car where his associate Bob estimates that there may be four million pounds on board the train. Marylebone station on Melcombe Place.

A Woman keeps her young Boy safe as he scrambles over a climbing frame. Leader's Gardens in Putney. On a grammatical note, there is great reluctance to insert the apostrophe. Fortunately we know that it was named after John Temple Leader. SJ

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Different playthings in the same location. SJ

Paul Clifton tells Robinson that his wife and child are being watched by a Policewoman sitting on the adjacent bench. Leader's Gardens stands at the corner of Festing Road and Putney Embankment in SW15.

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Same building and railings. SJ

The former bank security officer is told that he'll soon have a hundred thousand pounds and a home in Switzerland where his family can join him. Putney Embankment alongside the River Thames.

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Old set of railings and new set by the Thames. That truck to the left was in the way of the exact angle, hence the trees appear to have sprouted from nowhere. SJ

Robinson glances back towards his Wife as Paul reminds him that the forthcoming job is his idea, something they talked about in prison. In the right distance, Putney Bridge crosses the Thames.

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Same sky of cumulonimbus but the tide's in. SJ

The two walk towards Paul's Bentley. This section of Putney Embankment was also was used in 'The Big Sleep' . . . and the floodlights in the distance belong to Fulham FC's Craven Cottage. (JT)

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A similar view now. SJ

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Spectators converge on Leyton Orient’s Brisbane Road stadium in London E10.

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Dave and Frank enter the stadium to meet with the heads of two other gangs brought in to help. As the sign says, the entrance to the North Terrace off Brisbane Road in Leyton.

Don (Michael McStay) watches the match as Dave and Frank wait for Paul to arrive. The North Terrace of Leyton Orient’s ground with the terraces of Balmoral Road in the left background.

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Paul Hawkins provides this picture of the background buildings. Image copyright Google Earth.

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Ben (George Sewell) arrives to join radio expert Don. Facing the East Stand at Brisbane Road.

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Don and Ben walk away from the meeting after their demands for payment straight after the job is turned down by Paul. In the distance Ruckholt Manor Secondary School which closed in 1987.

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When Paul reverses his decision, Frank asks Ben and Don to return. Brisbane Road with the West Stand to the right.

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A share out at a hide out within the expected police cordon is agreed to directly after the job. The corner of Buckingham Road and Brisbane Road in E10.

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The gang reconnoiter a suitable hide out near the site of the heist. Ray identifies this airfield as RAF Graveley, a former Royal Air Force base located five miles south of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire.

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Inside the disused airfield, preparations are made for counting the haul while the gang stay low. The former base on Offord Road near St. Neots is now reclaimed by Cotton Farm.

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On the night of the job, Bob telephones Paul to tell him that the mail train is on it's way. Marylebone station on Melcombe Place, London NW1.

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The train draws towards Partington Bridge after being halted at a tampered signal up the line. The railway between Market Harborough and Rugby opened in 1850 and a passenger service survived until the summer of 1966 when the route was closed.

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While Robinson attempts to phone his Wife from a call box near the base, the gang pass mail bags from the high value coach down the embankment to their waiting vehicles. The railway bridge over Bunkers Hill near Theddingworth in Leicestershire.

When day breaks, police set up their incident room next to the bridge. The north side of the railway bridge with Bunkers Hill heading away towards Bunker’s Hill Farm on Laughton Road.

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Researched and found by John Woods. Image copyright Google.

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Police dogs scour the track as officers take measurements on the embankment. Bunkers Hill off the A4304 at Theddingworth between Husband’s Bosworth and Market Harborough researched by John Woods.

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Inspector Langdon returns from examining the train as his Chief (Glynn Edwards) and Mr. Watley from Post Office security arrive.

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At the disused aerodrome, the Inspector and his men come to the conclusion that the gang spent the night in the huts before moving on. RAF Graveley came into use in the spring of 1942 and closed at the end of 1968.

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As the gang stay silent in the basement, Langdon looks around the control tower.

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The Scrapyard Owner (Barry Stanton) looking after the gang's vehicles waits in the departure lounge at London Airport.

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An Immigration Officer looks across at the nervous Scrap Man.

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A Detective (David King) apprehends the Scrap Man when his Pan American flight is announced.

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When the police leave the bridge, Paul drives the gang to the scrap yard to collect their vehicles.

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Frank walks through the deserted yard before whistles are blown to signal Officers to come out of their hiding places.

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Back at the air base, Don radios to his colleagues below that the transport is arriving.

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As the gang start to head for the approaching vehicles, Dave appears on the roof telling Don to look for the signal. The control tower at the former RAF Graveley in Cambridgeshire.

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Realising that Police Officers are driving the cars and vans, the gang members scatter.

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Robinson stops in his tracks as police cars appear and surround the base.

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A police Jaguar speeds towards gang members as they disperse in an attempt to escape.

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Inspector Langdon enters one of the huts where he finds Dave burning evidence in the basement.

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All units are alerted to detain Paul Clifton on sight. The former RAF Graveley on Offord Road in Graveley, Cambridgeshire.

Soon after an Irish registered light aircraft flies the proceeds of the robbery out of the country, a television news report shows images of gang members arriving at court. Adrian Wild locates this as looking north along Walmer Road from Hippodrome Place W11.

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Geoff Dodd provides this shot that he took in 2009 to replace Adrian Wild's Google Streetview. (RL)

Press and onlookers gather outside the court. The corner of Hippodrome Place and Pottery Lane in Holland Park with the Earl of Zetland public house to the right. The location appears in 'Blow Up'.

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The same location by Tris.

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A Policeman keeps the small crowd in order. The wall of St. Francis of Assisi girls school on Pottery Lane.

A police car carrying a handcuffed Dave Aitken comes to a stand. Facing Walmer Road from Pottery Lane W11 identified by Adrian Wild.

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Courtesy of Adrian Wild and copyright Google Streetview.

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When the doorbell rings, Kate Clifton switches off the television and opens the door to find a Policeman (John Savident) holding a dog on a lead. Steve Cook advises that this is looking out onto Queensmere Road in Wimbledon SW19 from Sir Stanley Baker's own house at number 7.

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Leaving the dog with Kate, the Policeman makes his way from the house. Looking across the garden and driveway of 7 Queensmere Road. Steve Cook adds that this was Sir Stanley Baker's house at the time of filming which was sold to the GLC in 1969. The site was redeveloped and properties on Thursley Gardens now occupy the site.

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In New York harbour, Paul Clifton goes through immigration before landing in the United States.

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This is Pier 10 in Brooklyn, New York now part of Red Hook Container Terminal.