Brannigan | 1975
The criminal mastermind is quite obviously the English Tourist Board, as every event takes place in front of a famous London landmark. The muffed postal drop filmed in the middle of Piccadilly Circus, where the villains manage to escape through convenient, if unlikely, sewers (isn't there a tube station down there somewhere?).
Jim Brannigan (Wayne) and Det Sgt Thatcher (Judy Geeson) enjoy a meal at famed celeb eaterie Mario and Franco’s Terrazza, which subsequently became Italian restaurant Lupo (now itself closed), 50 Dean Street at Romilly Street, Soho W1.
Brannigan has to borrow a tie when he lunches with top cop Commander Swann (Richard Attenborough) at the Garrick Club, 15 Garrick Street, the gentlemen’s club which numbered Charles Dickens among its members.
Another famed gents’ club: Larkin is kidnapped from the lavish Royal Automobile Club (RAC), 89 Pall Mall. Just look at the famously extravagant swimming pool.
Brannigan’s temporary London home is 61-80 York Mansions, Prince of Wales Drive alongside Battersea Park, south London (though when the villains booby-trap his toilet with a bomb, the resulting hole in the wall mysteriously reveals a view of the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park). Whatever.
The obligatory pub fight, where everyone ends up flailing at everyone else, was filmed in The Lamb in the centre of the Victorian arcaded Leadenhall Market at the foot of the new Lloyds Building (tube: Bank; Northern and Central Lines), which also houses the entrance to ‘The Leaky Cauldron’ in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. More recently, Heath Ledger charms the ladies here when the travelling show is set up in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus.
The most famous scene is the car leap across a half-opened Tower Bridge, spanning the Thames alongside the Tower of London. Despite its appearance, the mock-Gothic stylings, disguise a relatively modern wonder of Victorian engineering, opened in 1894. You can access the highlevel walkway (with a glass floor) and visit the bridge's impressive Engine Rooms.
The Metropolitan Police HQ, Scotland Yard, seems to jump the Thames too, from its usual home in Victoria. The view from the windows is obviously south of the River Thames. These scenes were shot in St Thomas’ Hospital.