I watched the gripping heist procedural Sewers Of Gold yesterday. It’s also known as The Great Riviera Bank Robbery and Dirty Money.
Directed by Francis Megahy and starring Ian McShane, it’s a curious one, as it’s based on a real plot in which a group of French fascist-linked hoods led by one Albert Spaggiari tunnelled into the Société Générale in Nice and broke into hundreds of safety deposit boxes before making off with the world’s then-largest haul. I found myself rooting for them all the way through.
Anyway, here’s Lovejoy’s attempt at a ‘peace symbol’, looking suspiciously like product placement for Mercedes-Benz.
The raid was previously filmed as Les Egouts De Paradis, and then again in 2008 as Sans Arme, Ni Haine, Ni Violence, which is essentially the motto as above.
Sign from Bex’s estate agency in Nick Love’s The Firm, a tedious remake of the Al Hunter Ashton/Alan Clarke original:
Friendly signage from The Klansman:
YOU ARE IN
Authentic-looking police paperwork from Between The Lines:
METROPOLITAN POLICE SERVICE
Police station: HARROW ROAD
Reasons for arrest:
I told you that it wasn’t all cut and dried – here’s some more from the NCIS report in that episode of Between The Lines:
PHILIP SKINNER CONT’D.
Skinner apparently attempted to sell the Deakin […] to several unwilling parties, but owing to the […] he was demanding, had no success. Skinner then attempted to blackmail Deakin with the documents. In July Skinner was arrested again for possession of […] and jailed for six months. Whilst in Wormwood Scrubs he formed a friendship with RICHARD […], a convicted arsonist, and they […] threaten Deakin with exposure […] £1,000,000. On their […] attempted […] success […]
You see, that’s proper attention to production detail!
How topical – the third season opener from cop corruption drama Between The Lines. After the fallout from the dramatic end to series two, Tony and the team have struck out into the private sector. A national tabloid newspaper (okay, it actually explicitly says it’s The Sun) hires them through a conduit – Deakin – to babysit a source in a kiss-and-tell story on a prominent Parliamentarian. All is not as it first seems…
CONTACT NAME: SKINNER, PHILIP
CONTACT ADDRESS: CONFIDENTIAL
10/4/94: Potential libel case being taken out by MP Clive Tomlinson against “The Sun” newspaper over insinuations that he had a gay relationship with PHILIP SKINNER.
“The Sun” alleges SKINNER sold them this story, also […] photographs and “indisputable” evidence.
[…] “The Sun” is attempting to […] must sign legal affadavits […] SKINNER
Rudyard Kipling lays down an early draft of ‘The Ballad Of Boh Da Thone’ in John Huston’s peerless The Man Who Would Be King:
Boh da Shon was a warrior bold
His sword and rifle were bossed with gold
And the peacock banner his henchmen bore
Was stiff with bullion