Tonight at its home in Oxford, MINI will gather the cars and the stars of The Italian Job for a unique double celebration and charity screening of the much-loved film. This year marks 60 years since the first Mini rolled off the lines at Oxford and 50 years since The Italian Job premiered in London in June 1969.
Oscar-winning producer Michael Deeley will be the guest of honour, joined by actor Robert Powell, Hazel Collinson, wife of the director Peter Collinson and David Salamone, who was responsible for sourcing the cars for the film and also ended up on camera as Sir Michael Caine’s driver. Other special members of The Italian Job family at the event will be: actor John Morris, who played one of Charlie Croker’s mob, as well as crew members Terry Apsey and David Wynn-Jones. The family of the late screenwriter Troy Kennedy Martin will also be in attendance as will the family of the late cinematographer Douglas Slocombe.
The 300 guests, who include manufacturing staff from the plant, local dignitaries, classic Mini owners and friends of the film from across the decades, will be welcomed with a message from the star of the movie, Sir Michael Caine, recorded especially for the event.
The film includes one of the best car chases of all time - which helped to make Mini the worldwide success it has become - as well as an unforgettable opening sequence, which sees car after beautiful super car meeting fiery ends. Gathering the cars of the film for such an event was vital and although the Minis were destroyed after filming, an authentic trio of replica Mark I Minis in Italian Job spec have been brought together.
Of the supercars which featured, few survived, but MINI searched high and low to gather all those of special note. As a result, for the first time ever since being on set in 1969, the Jaguar E Type, Aston Martin DB4 Convertible and Lamborghini Miura from the film will all be on display together. The Lamborghini is of particular note as it was lost from the world for decades, has recently been meticulously restored and shipped from Italy to make its first appearance tonight before heading to star at The Pebble Beach Concours in California next month. MINI is extremely grateful to owners of all three cars for making them available for the event.