Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) – Directed by Guy Ritchie
A poker game gone wrong puts four friends in £500,000 debt with only a week left to pay it back or Eddy (Nick Moran) will be forced to hand over his father’s pub. Desperate to pay back the money, Eddy and his friends rob their neighbours after overhearing them plotting to rob a group of drug dealers. However, this causes everything to spiral out of control and the boys must try and avoid being killed. This film was both Jason Statham and Vinnie Jones’ film debuts.
Layer Cake (2004) – Directed by Matthew Vaughn
A renowned cocaine dealer (Daniel Craig) plans to take an early retirement but is asked by his boss to do two more complex jobs, including kidnapping the teenage daughter of one of their rivals (Michael Gambon) and orchestrate the shipment of pills into the city. Without knowing who he can trust he must complete these tasks without getting caught in the crossfire from a Serbian gang who are after him and the pills. It was this performance of Daniel Craig’s that got him noticed for the role of James Bond.