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Jason Statham's Controversial "Bank Job" Details

Posted: June 6th, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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"The Bank Job" filmmakers showed a few clips from the movie during the Cannes Film Festival and revealed a few bits of information about the controversial film.

Starring Jason Statham (Crank), the film tells the story of the 1971 Baker Street robbery, in which thieves tunneled into the vault of a Lloyds bank and looted safe deposit boxes and jewelry worth the equivalent of 5 million ($10 million) today. Nobody was ever arrested, none of the money recovered and the press had a gag order placed on them.

The film alleges that a well-known criminal called Michael X had put compromising pictures of Princess Margaret on a Caribbean island in the vault for safekeeping - and that was the point of the raid.

"What happened in the film is that the raid on Lloyds was set up by MI5 (Britain's counter-intelligence and security agency)," said the film's producer, Steven Chasman. "They knew a box with those pictures was inside the vaults."

The film's writers, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, interviewed about six people linked to the theft. Several said the photos, whose subject matter isn't known, were the real target. The Princess is not directly referred to, although the film's producers say it is "clear who we are talking about".

Source: The Independent


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