Post by D.C. Burtonshaw on Aug 29, 2017 19:41:21 GMT
Admin note: Post moved from Italian Job Location Report Thread in order to start a separate discussion thread.
What can I say??!! Huge thanks Gene, for the hard work locating these scenes from one of my favourite ever films too! Must have taken you ages, I'll have to give the Italian Job another watch too one night! Great idea for a thread!!
Couple of small points regarding vehicles too if I may; :-)
The original Aston DB4 Volante convertible owned by Charley Croker does still survive, so that was interesting that a real substitute Aston was destroyed in the first take (I never knew that actually) before the lookylike Lancia convertible was used. (Bit of an argument in car circles whether it was an Appia or a Flaminia!) I agree that local body shop did an incredible job of making a double of the car but as it goes over the edge of the cliff, the font on the number plate looks different and an obvious substitute and the "Aston" going over the cliff also has a Left hand drive instrument binnacle visible through the windscreen which of course the real DB4 didn't have. Also.... the first Aston which is being pushed at the start of the scene, has missing bumper over riders which Charley's car did have when seen in earlier scenes (and retains to this day) and they also reappear on the Lancia lookalike except they look a little slimmer.....
Pictures exist on the net of 163ELT in beautifully kept condition so I'm glad it wasn't really pushed over the edge!
I quote this clip someone posted on the "Internet movie car database";
"No Aston was sacrificed for the film. Originally a rough DB4 was scheduled to go over the cliff, but it caught fire whilst on storage and was too badly damaged to be used, (really??) hence the hasty 'conversion' of the Lancia. 163ELT appeared on television during 1973/74(?) in an episode of the Benny Hill show, with Benny playing his loveable, lecherous self, accompanied by the wonderful Patrica Hayes playing a somewhat elderly prostitute".
Not sure how much of the above is true........ although a tenuous link there with Mr Hill.........
Also the orange Lambo Miura that is also pushed over after it crashes in the tunnel, I understood was apparently a body shell and no engine is visible when it shatters in pieces. I believe the engine of the damaged car was removed so it was easier to push over the cliff by the bulldozer.
Both of the E type Jaguars are believed to be still with us as well from what IMCDB says. Both early series 1 cars, so those and the Aston were cheaper second hand cars at the time. I think tatty lookalikes got trashed too.
Also the Gold Security van which looked excellent as a convincing security van but was in fact a second hand OM Leoncino van, possibly an ex parcels or Post Office van which was transformed for the film.
I've often dreamt and its on my bucket list to visit Turin one day to see the Italian job locations which still exist but when that will be I don't know. Perhaps there's a plan.........