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16 of 29  Tue 16th Sep 2014 1:04am  
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17 of 29  Tue 16th Sep 2014 9:38am  
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Michael Caine b 1933. In a family of fish porters born arriving at ten in the morn. St. Olave's Hospital, Bermondsey, mother said relatively pain free. Arrived with blethora and rickets, blethora brought no regrets. Heavy eyelids, that sexy look a slice of acting good luck. His family really quite poor afraid to answer the door. The rent man instilled fear the arrears often severe. School, Michael quite bright eleven plus handling all right. A grammar school his next test, passing exams unstressed. A couple of years in the army a rather frightening journey. His acting career began in repertory at Horsham. His film break came with Zulu thereon his reputation grew. The Ipcress File next getting more respect. A good many acting awards and one of the highest rewards. A Knighthood that made his day he'd done it all his way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQIRbV_noi8
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18 of 29  Wed 17th Sep 2014 2:16pm  
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On 9th Sep 2013 1:43am, dutchman said: That subway was on our route to school every morning, it was the only safe way to cross the Kenpas Highway. There was no graffiti or mess in the subway in those days. The new sewer ran right under the middle of our school playing fields but I don't know if that particular section was ever used during the car chase? During the period it was being dug our favourite oak tree was fenced-off so we could no longer lounge in its branches during the lunch break Sad
No Dutchman, all the filming was done at the stoke aldermoor bit, some of our lads had to give it a good clean before filming commenced.
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19 of 29  Thu 18th Sep 2014 9:48am  
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They actually turned one mini over in the tunnel, up one wall and down the other side-perfectly. This shot was not shown in the film.
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20 of 29  Thu 2nd Oct 2014 8:39am  
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Michael Caine our greatest movie actor. Sir Michael Caine was hailed as the “greatest movie actor” Britain has produced as stars gathered to celebrate his career at London’s Albert Hall. The star of films including Zulu, The Italian Job and Get Carter staged A Night Out With Sir Michael Caine to raise cash for the NSPCC. Jonathan Ross interviewed the two-time Oscar winner on stage and looked back on a career which has spanned seven decades. Speaking before the event, Ross said: “Michael Caine, I think, is probably the greatest movie actor we’ve produced in this country when you look at that period. “Not this decade, but for the last four decades he’s one of the few actors nominated for an Academy Award in every one of those decades. “He’s a great actor. He’s a great movie star as well. He’s also a lovely man.” Sir Michael, 81, said he had retired “sort of” but continues to work when he is offered scripts too good to turn down. He said: “I’ve retired about 30 times and then I always get a script I can’t refuse. “Now I’ve retired sort of. I’m doing a second one of Now You See Me, a picture I did about magicians. I do that in December and then I stop. But then someone will give me a script.”
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21 of 29  Sat 30th May 2015 8:50pm  
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On 9th Sep 2013 8:55am, Midland Red said:
On 9th Sep 2013 1:27am, NeilsYard said: Hmmm.... Sad Not sure why but for some reason they've painted over the Italian Job mural in the Green Lane subway............
I remember reading recently that the subway was in such a terrible state that it desperately needed cleaning up, so I guess the mural must have been vandalised so much that it warranted a paint-over job Sad though Oh my
This is a photo I took on my phone, of the artwork in 2011(?), as you can see it had been slightly defaced even then, which is a shame as the artwork itself was designed to reduce vandalism and graffiti (http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/481800 - Link shows painting in 2007 and explains it's origin). There was more writing on the painting but I had to blank it out and remove it as it contained inappropriate language. Unfortunately now all we're left with is another boring subway (google maps link)
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22 of 29  Mon 31st Aug 2015 5:36pm  
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Not exactly film related but I was at an Italian car event a few weeks ago talking to an Alfa Romeo owner. This is an official factory colour called Coventry Green Big grin No idea why/where they got that from but. Edited by member, 31st Aug 2015 5:36 pm
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23 of 29  Wed 2nd Sep 2015 9:50am  
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Potters Green Lad
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24 of 29  Thu 3rd Sep 2015 3:37pm  
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The Coach used for the Italian Job is referred to as a Harrington Legionnaire but that is the name of the coachbuilder, the chassis is actually a Bedford Model VAL14 and Terry's Coaches of Keresley had one many years ago when they were first starting out in a very eye catching bronze colour. I remember overhauling the twin steering front axle once when I worked at C&E Motors for it's MOT preparation, what a pig of a job it was to set the steering geometry up, but what a great coach it was to drive if very underpowered even for that period. I can absolutely confirm that the scenes of it racing like a Ferrari up the Italian Alps were a figment of the film directors imagination, even so, what a great film, Noel Coward made you proud to be British!
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25 of 29  Thu 3rd Sep 2015 3:53pm  
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Just as a quick addition to the previous message, these vehicles with the twin steering front axles were always known as 'Chinese six' models I have no idea why, and wonder if anybody out there can enlighten me?
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NeilsYard
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26 of 29  Fri 4th Sep 2015 1:37am  
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A quick search for that shows "it originates as a vernacular way of describing anything that was "back to front" in the 1920's/30's, when that type of vehicle was first built."
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27 of 29  Fri 4th Sep 2015 10:00am  
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Thanks. Neils Yard, I understand the back to front reference but it still doesn't make much sense does it, why 'Chinese'?
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Midland Red
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28 of 29  Sun 27th Sep 2015 10:01am  
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Filming of The Italian Job in Coventry 43 years ago Thumbs up
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29 of 29  Mon 18th Jan 2016 5:51pm  
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Just caught up with this topic. When I saw this film, and the coach stranded on the cliff edge, I thought they have pinched that scene off Charlie Chaplin's Gold Rush, only he was perched in a cabin on a cliff edge.
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