The grimmest, bleakest, and most often misquoted Caine film of the lot gets a look-in for its peerless use of locations as much as for its set pieces, although they are fantastic – Caine answering door naked with shotgun as drum majorettes march past, Caine making final delirious despatch with aid of seaside slag tipper, and of course the scene that’s now forever to be known as “the out-of-shape bloke”. Nowadays Old Maurice lives out his dotage on a cheeky chappie rough diamond reputation, but here’s a good example of a man who’s nothing but coal. Ian Hendry, Brian ‘Alf’ Mosley, Glyn ‘Winchester’ Edwards, Alun ‘Underworld’ Armstrong…what more could you want? Oh, and Michael ‘Michael Caine is Michael Caine in…’ Caine is in it too. Apparently Caine plays Cliff Brumby in the Stallone version. But since we never, ever want to see that, that’s pretty academic really.