Dir: Michael Winner
Starring: Michael Caine and Roger Moore
Two conmen are asked to impersonate nuclear scientists
This appalling comedy has now typically achieved cult status and it features some scenes that supposedly show the ‘Orient Express’ making a tour of Britain’s castles. This is depicted by the use of a number of stock shots of the VSOE hauled by Class 73’s on the Southern Region. Both unnamed and named examples of the class feature in these scenes, all of which are InterCity Mainline-liveried examples of the class. One of the named examples is passing Arundel Castle, West Sussex, and it maybe 73102 Airtour Suisse if the white plaque beneath the nameplate is anything to go by. This loco had been renumbered 73212 by the time the film was made and all the footage likely shows old publicity shots, reused for this movie. There are in addition to this plenty of scenes filmed onboard the Pullman coaches and external shots of the train filmed at London Victoria and on the Mid-Hants Railway. More important is the earlier scene filmed inside the old Transport Gallery of London’s Science Museum prior to its redevelopment with some fantastic views of the exhibits on show. The prototype DELTIC features very prominently in this scene and somewhat overshadows the actors. Other exhibits visible include No.1 Rocket, Puffing Billy, GWR ‘Castle’ Class 4-6-0 No.4073 Caerphilly Castle, London Transport 1927 Standard Stock driving motor vehicle No.3327 and Glasgow Corporation Tram No.585. The Mid-Hants stations of Alresford, Ropley, Medstead & Four Marks and Alton all appear in the film, with the latter masquerading as ‘Inveraray’ in one night scene. However, look out for the establishing shot of the frontage to Edenbridge Town station on the Hurst Green-Uckfield line, masquerading as ‘Ropley’!!