Checkpoint

Date: 1956
Director: Ralph Thomas
Production Company: The Rank Organisation

Stars: Stanley Baker, Anthony Steel, James Robertson Justice, Odile Versois, Maurice Denham, Michael Medwin
Location(s): London, Toscana (Italy)

Region(s): ,

Storyline:

A Tycoon sends an industrial spy to Italy in search of new motor racing car designs.

Additional Information:

 

David Rawsthorn has brought to our attention some interesting information regarding the factory scenes that appear in this film. They formed part of a Blog in November 2014 and can be read by clicking here.

 

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Millbank, London, ex ICI building now MI5 or 6. The Constant Husband, Rex Harrison also used to work here, and Hardy Cruger, Blind Date, came out of the Tate Gallery, almost next door.

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Now. Thames House, headquarters of MI5, since 1994.

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Now, Gerry Hamden gets a fiver for this because we all recognised the place, didn't we.

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Now. The building is grade II listed. SJ.

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A villa, probably near Firenze, which the Brits often call Florence. But which Villa?

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Probably Florence.

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Probably London, is it the same mews that appeared in Fallen Idol?

Ponte Vecchio, the bridge over the Arno River, in Florence.

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The same location now. (PW)

Main Square, Firenze, the David statue in the background.

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Firenze, Toscana, Italia, or, for the Europhobes amongst you Florence, Tuscany, Italy. Piazza della Signoria, Lord's Square. Well spotted and snapped by our roving sleuth, Neal Winfield, thanks to him.

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Now. Pic by Neal.

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Now. Pic by Neal.

The Wilkins Building of UCL, London.

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The location was used in 'Raising the Wind' and the 'Doctor' films and also seen in 'The Lost Language of Cranes'. (PW)

Belvedere, above Florence.

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View over Firenze and the Arno River from Piazza Michelangelo, Neal took this as well.

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Same place.

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Coming back down to the city.

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Don't know.

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The ACI building above Firenze, Auto Club Italy.

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The Duomo, Cathedral, Firenze.

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The Duomo, Cathedral, Firenze, Neal got this one but missed the pretty girl! Hey ho, we can't have everything. Better luck next time. Well done Neal Winfield.

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Don't know again.

Will need to hunt for this one.

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And Peter did hunt . . . . and found Piazza Vittoria in Brescia, Italy. This is where the Mille Miglia Race starts even today. Image copyright Bing.

Piazza Vittoria in Brescia identified by Peter.

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The same location now. Image copyright Bing.

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This looks like Belvedere again.

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There's a clue in this pic. But, is it in Torino?

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Small town supposedly on the way to the Alps.

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Lakeside? Garda perhaps? ... Close ...

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Supplied with thanks by Manuel Gurtner, who identifies this as the Villa D'Este, Cernobbio, Lake Como. the red arrow at the bottom left shows the little promontory where Justice is standing. (SJ)

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