Aldwych Station in The Bank Job
Date posted: 01.03.2008
The Bank Job is a film based on a 1971 true life robbery when thieves tunneled into the vault of a of a bank in Baker Street and looted safe deposit boxes of cash and jewellery worth over three million pounds. None of which was recovered and nobody was ever arrested. The robbery made headlines for a few days and then disappeared - the result of a 'D' Notice, gagging the press. The film stars Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows and David Suchet.
Aldwych is a disused station formerly on the Piccadilly Line of the London Underground. Opened as Strand Station in 1907, it was renamed Aldwych in 1917. It represents a typical historic tube station and its well-preserved interior has made it a significant location for design work and filming.
Primarily in two parts: there is a platform that was closed in 1994 and a further disused area that was closed in 1915. There is also an old-style train that is available for use between the disused platform 5 at Holborn and Aldwych.
Kate Reston, London Underground, said: "It is always great to continue using Aldwych as a location for filming as it is disused and gives a film crew a lot more flexibility than an operational station. In this case with the film being set in the 1970s it was an ideal choice of station.
"The added bonus of Aldwych is that it still has rolling stock from that era so the train itself also fitted the bill. We're currently organising an open day for Aldwych in April, in order to showcase the station and to be able to tell people a little more about what's on offer down there. We've also recently done a little cosmetic work on the platform and it looks quite smart."
To film at Aldywch or other London Underground stations please contact the London Underground Film Office on 020 7918 0003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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