As trailers go, the clip promoting the comedy King of Thieves is suitably packed with gags about an aging gang of ‚Äúdiamond wheezers‚ÄĚ who pulled off Britain‚Äôs most audacious jewellery heist.
To a jaunty soundtrack, Sir Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay and Ray Winstone crack jokes in thick Cockney accents about replacement hips and failing hearing as their characters, in their 60‚Äôs and 70‚Äôs, ‚Äėplan‚Äô and ‚Äėexecute‚Äô the 2015 Hatton Garden raid.
With a star-studded cast to play the gang that had a combined age of 448, James Marsh, the director, brags how his film, the third to be made on the London robbery, has ‚Äúembraced the comedy‚ÄĚ of the ¬£14 million robbery.
But last night, victims from the City‚Äôs diamond district expressed anger that the Ealing-style comedy caper was ‚Äúglorifying‚ÄĚ a crime that left many in financial ruin.
Six elderly thieves were jailed in 2016 for the raid which saw 73 safety deposit boxes ransacked after a diamond tipped drill was used to cut a hole in the underground vault wall at the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Company.
They escaped with gold, diamonds, sapphires and vast amounts of cash.
Just over ¬£4 million worth of the haul has been recovered, and a series of confiscation hearings held to try to force the convicts to pay back those who lost millions of pounds.
David Joffe, treasurer of the London Diamond Bourse, a gems trading floor which also represents the capital‚Äôs jewellers and jewellery shops, said the heist‚Äôs victims, some of whom were gem dealers, were livid yet another film had been made about it.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt think there are any gentleman robbers and I certainly wouldn‚Äôt call any robbers heroes,‚ÄĚ Mr Joffe said. ‚ÄúUnfortunately these films glorify such things. I wouldn‚Äôt want them made in the first place – it gives robbers credence. The victims are very annoyed about it.
‚ÄúSome of the stuff stolen wasn‚Äôt insured and there have been serious problems getting the money back. A lot of people have been left badly out of pocket and serious amounts of stolen property is still missing.‚ÄĚ
He added that making a comedy out of such an appalling crime was particularly hurtful.
‚ÄúTo make a comedy about it is even worse. I don‚Äôt think it‚Äôs funny at all. People lost their livelihoods and went out of business.‚ÄĚ
Ricky Marchant, a chartered loss adjuster who represented 10 of those who were robbed but were lucky enough to be insured, said: ‚ÄúMy recollection is the deep upset of those who were uninsured who lost everything. I do wonder what view they take of a film portraying these guys as likeable heroes.‚ÄĚ
The film, produced by Working Title for Studiocanal and to be released next week, is expected to be a box office hit with a stellar cast. Sir Michael, 85, stars as Brian Reader, 77, who was jailed for six years and three months in 2016 for his part in the raid. Meanwhile, Mr Courtenay plays John ‚ÄúKenny‚ÄĚ Collins, 75, ¬†Broadbent as Terry Perkins, 67, and Ray Winstone as Daniel Jones, 61, who were each jailed for seven years for their part in the raid. Perkins died in prison earlier this year aged 69.
Last year, saw the release of The Hatton Garden Job, described by The Telegraph as a ‚ÄúGuy Ritchie pastiche‚ÄĚ. A year earlier Hatton Garden: The Heist was released. Three separate books have been also written about the raid.
A spokeswoman for the film company refused to comment.