Iconic car manufacturer Mini has published a short London 2012-themed film which pays homage to Michael Caine’s classic 1969 film, The Italian Job.
Mini’s version features a host of stars including Daley Thompson, James Cracknell, Jonathan Edwards and Matthew Pinsent as they attempt to track down the perpetrator of a fictional night-time heist – racing-driver, model and car fan, Jodie Kidd.
The action-packed film – see below – was directed by Phil Churchward, lead director on BBC’s Top Gear.
It includes stunts performed in red, white and blue London 2012 special edition Minis, against the backdrop of some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks including the Houses of Parliament and Knightsbridge.
Movie buffs might spot several references to the original movie including the Minis emerging from the same Park Lane basement as used in the 1969 classic, traversing down the Duke of York Steps off the Mall, and a chase through London’s stunning Leadenhall market.
Double Olympic gold medallist, Daley Thompson, who masterminds the chase said: “It’s been a great experience being involved in The Britalian Job – everyone in the cast became completely immersed in their roles and with seven Olympic Gold medals between us, we were obviously the right team for the job!”
The film climaxes with the three Minis performing a ten metre jump in close formation in front of the Olympic Stadium as their pursuit of the biker reaches its peak.
Graham Biggs, Corporate Communications Director at BMW Group UK, added: “The Italian Job is a classic and this was a great opportunity and the right time to have some fun with it in London.
“We wanted to make an exciting short film featuring British sporting heroes and three MINIs as the stars, in and around some of London’s greatest landmarks, as the city prepares for The Games. We hope everybody enjoys it.”