Films give their take ; . GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY .The Great Train Robbery has inspired a shoal of books as well as films, plays, TV dramas - and even games and music
THE 1967 film, Robbery, is a heavily fictionalised version based on the events of 1963, directed by Peter Yates.
The movie launched Yates' Hollywood career after it attracted the interest of Steve McQueen who got the British director to make his next feature, Bullitt.
Despite being a fictionalised account Robbery did draw on key details of the real robbery and these were reflected in the film.
It emphasised the detailed planning and preparation involved in a big crime, the use of a farmhouse as a base and the intended (but unsuccessful) use of a replacement driver for the train.
The film ends with the mastermind of the robbery 'Clifton', played by Stanley Baker (whose own company Oakhurst Productions had produced the film), evading capture and going on the run overseas by posing as a merchant seaman.
The 1969 French film The Brain starred David Niven as a British master criminal who perpetrates, in France, a heist based on the Train Robbery. The script implies him to be the real planner of the 1963 robbery.
In 1988, 'Buster' Edwards' experiences were made into the comedy- drama Buster, starring Phil Collins.
The Great Train Robbery has even moved into the world of games.
In the online multiplayer game RuneScape, there is a quest called The Great Brain Robbery, with similar plot elements.
And the computer video game, Starcraft 2 has a mission titled The Great Train Robbery. In the world of music, the American rock band Mountain included the song The Great Train Robbery on their 1971 album Nantucket Sleighride.
The song's lyrics refer to Charlie Wilson and Johnnie Rainbow by name.
Ronnie Biggs recorded vocals on two songs for The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, Julien Temple's 1980 mockumentary film about the Sex Pistols.
In February 2006, Channel 4 aired a documentary about the 1981 plot to kidnap Biggs and take him to Barbados.
But perhaps the most controversial television series was screened last year - the five-part ITV drama Mrs Biggs, featuring the Great Train Robbery and the major participants. Starring Sheridan Smith in the title role, it was told from the viewpoint of Charmian Biggs, who went from middle-class teenager with university aspirations to the wife of one of Britain's most wanted men.
The family of Jack Mills, the train driver who was brutalised in the robbery, expressed their frustration at the television network for bringing up the past for entertainment.
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