Actor: Michael Caine, Mark Wahlberg
Films: The Italian Job (1969), The Italian Job (2003)
In 1969, Charlie Croker is just your typical Cockney. Dry, funny humour topped off with the sort of language that would make your mother blush. As if to compound the 'typical London boy' image, he even lives a life as a thieving toerag.
His appearance in 2003 perhaps confirmed that he did manage to escape from the cliffhanger in 1969, although it seemed to have a strange effect on his appearance. He seems to be ageing in reverse and may have spent a long amount of time on the other side of the Atlantic.
He has a fascination with Mini Coopers although, rather than being a sentimental romantic, he can appreciate the British motoring icon for its ability to carry copious amount of gold across varying terrains at a breakneck pace.
Michael Caine had made big screen appearances before The Italian Job - for example Zulu - and has made countless showings in cinemas since - not least in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy - but it is impossible to talk about Caine without placing him in the role of Charlie Croker. Equally, it is impossible to visualise Charlie Croker as anyone other than Britain's most successful Cockney (despite Wahlberg's best efforts).
Two years after The Italian Job, Caine starred in Get Carter - another film to acknowledge that the London accent worked for a British audience. This, too, was remade thirty years later for Hollywood.