Robbery Stanley Baker - Movie Poster Picture - 11 x 14
Robbery is a 1967 British crime film directed by Peter Yates and starring Stanley Baker. The story is a heavily fictionalised version of the 1963 Great Train Robbery.
To avoid legal problems, it was decided to write a script where the details in the 25-minute robbery sequence were taken entirely from court evidence, but the remainder of the film would be fictitious speculation. "We had to make sure there was no risk of accidental identification with anyone," said Baker. "The characters involved in the film are in no way based on the characters who took part in the great train robbery."
George Raft was to have played a role in the film but was unable to do so after being refused entry into London.
The movie was shot entirely on location in early 1967 and contains much period footage of central London including shots of Marble Arch, Trafalgar Square, Little Venice and Kensal Green. Scenes of the gang meeting up prior to the robbery were also filmed at Leyton Orient Football Club, during a match with Swindon Town.
The film includes a dramatic car chase, realistic portrayal of police procedure as well as crime preparations and scenes shot entirely on location. These creative aspects attracted the attention of actor Steve McQueen and producer Philip D'Antoni, who hired director Peter Yates to direct Bullitt.