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It's been nearly 40 years since The Italian Job's (literal) cliffhanger ending, with nobody truly knowing what Michael Caine's Charlie Croker had in mind when he announced that he 'had an idea' for saving the gold bullion teetering over the edge of a cliff. Now the legendary actor has finally revealed what that plan was...


It appeared to be the perfect ending to the perfect heist movie. Driving up a mountain as they escaped the clutches of the Italian police, Croker and his gang came unstuck when the bus carrying the thieves and their gold got into difficulties, and ended hanging over a precipice.


With the thieves at one end of the bus and the pile of gold at the other, there's little chance of Caine's merry men escaping with their bullion, if not their lives.


And then, at the very moment Caine's conniving Charlie finally comes up with a plan, the credits roll and the movie ends.


But now, 39 years after those scenes first left audiences wondering what could possibly have happened next, Sir Michael Caine has revealed there was a plan after all - and it would have led to a sequel. Only it ended up on the cutting room floor.


“In the coach, I crawl up, switch on the engine and stay there for four hours until all the petrol runs out", Sir Michael explained.


“The van then bounces back up so the gang can all get out, but then the gold goes over the cliff.


“There are a load of Corsican Mafia at the bottom watching the whole thing through binoculars. They grab the gold, and then the sequel to the film was going to be us chasing after it."


The legendary actor was speaking at the Royal Albert Hall, where he received an award for being the capital's 'favourite Londoner'.


Jamie Oliver, Paul Merton, Joanna Lumley, Leona Lewis and Sir Alan Sugar were all among the shortlist for the award.


“It is extraordinary and completely unique as I did not have to do anything to get it,” Sir Michael said.


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