Although the screen
writer Troy Kennedy Martin already has
Turin in mind when working on the script,
apparently the location had been changed
in the re-working of it to Rome. The production
team considered Rome, then Milan, before
realising that Turin would in fact be
the best location due to a combination
of the costs involved in setting up filming
and stopping traffic in the cities of
Rome and Milan and the many piazzas, malls,
gallerias and other interesting locations
so common in Turin. Turin was also a location
that hadn't been used in past films, so
Turin was untouched in film terms and
hadn't experience the chaos that a film
crew could cause.
Croker on his way to collect
his Aston Martin DB4
production office was set up in central
Turin and much of the crew's equipment
was transported in the back of the coach
to be used at the end of the film!
scene where Croker collects his Aston
Martin DB4 after being released from
prison was shot in a massive underground
car park in Park Lane, London.
of Noel Coward's scenes were shot a
disused prison called Kilmainham, located
just outside Dublin, Ireland. It closed
in 1924 and is now a museum dedicated
to the Irish struggle for independence.
It has been used several times since
for films, notably in 'In the Name of
the Father' in 1993. The funeral scene
was also shot just outside Dublin and
turned out to be full of glitches. The
low lying fog was created using smoke
pots borrowed from another studio, but
the wind kept blowing the smoke away,
then one of the old smoke pots exploded
in one of the crews hand. The crew member,
Antal Kovacs muttered that it was just
a burn as he was whisked off for treatment,
but when he was out of ear-shot Noel
Coward quipped "That's what Joan
of Arc said."!!
There were six black horses supplied
for the scene, but they started becoming
grey and brown as drizzle set in. It
turned out that the Irish horse dealers
couldn't find six black horses in time
and painted them black!!
& Lorna in their London flat
Notting Hill flat now
of The Italian Job was filmed in and
around London. Croker and Lorna's flat
was shot in Notting Hill. The flat actually
belonged to a friend of the scriptwriter.
This location was also used for when
Croker gets his grappling tool from
under his bed, which he calls 'Hazel'.
This was in reference to director Peter
Collinson's wife, Hazel. Peter likes
to get the name wife in all the films
The dentist scene in Hartley street
was actually shot in Twickenham.
scene where Charlie Croker is explaining
the 'job' to his crew, in a tall building
was shot in a penthouse in Vauxhall,
London. The building is/was one of the
tallest buildings in London and the
penthouse was the Oakhurst Production
(Michael Deeley/Stanley Baker) office.
The penthouse was eventually sold and
was bought by Jeffery Archer.
only supposed to...
the bloody doors off!!
Crystal Palace Park (not Sydenham
Common - a common mistake) in South London was the location
for one of the most memorable scenes
in the film where Caine delivers the
line "You're only supposed to blow
the bloody doors off!!". Interestingly
the actual line that Caine was meant
to say was "I only want you to
blow the doors off", but I guess
that's Caine's magic shining through!
The effects crew didn't know how much
explosive to use and the resulting explosion
was far greater than anyone expected.
As windows across the common shattered,
many of the crew jumped into cars to
make a getaway before the Police rolled
up asking questions!
DER building in Twickenham, London,
with it's unusual triangular shape,
was used for the traffic control centre
in Turin. When they were filming one
night they had to turn off the power
for the script, but what they didn't
know is that local companies rented
their computer in the evenings and all
their systems went down!
The entrance and exits to the sewer
sequence were in Turin, but the actual
'in tunnel' footage was shot in the
Birmingham-Coventry Tithebarn main sewer
located in Stoke Aldermoor in Coventry,
which was under construction at the
time. Remy Julienne attempted to do
a full 360 of the tunnel. The first
time the car fell off, although it didn't
kill the driver as is often reported.
The second time it skidded on algae.
The third time the car hit a lip at
the top of the tunnel which wrecked
the suspension. The Coopers then had
to negotiate the weir on Turin's River
In the final scene the Herrington coach
was left dangling over a cliff at Cherosoli
in the Alpsbut the 'in coach' shots
were filmed back at Twickenham Studios.