"I turned to another thing, and I saw that under the sun, the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the learned, nor favour to the skilful: but time and chance in all."
Thirty years ago, East End Charlie's banking scam became the stuff of urban legend. Charlie and his boys pulled off a con that set them up for life, but they always said that if they had the chance to pull "the big one" they'd go for it. Time and chance align to present the opportunity of a lifetime and Charlie's a man on a mission.
His late friend predicted in 1969 that computers would one day control everything. This gave Charlie an insight - master computers, you can control pretty much anything. For the past forty years, Charlie's been sharpening his skills in preparation for the swan song heist to end all heists. A good old fashioned swindle, with a technological side job, in the City of London, worth billions.
With the help of his protégé and consigliore Smart Jason, Charlie and his new crew walk 30 tons of gold bullion out of the front doors of the Bank of England. He also instigates a Black Swan event with what looks like two dirty bombs in the underground system beneath the UK's gold reserve. In the resulting smokescreen he plunges the World's financial markets into disarray and creates an opportunity to borrow the country's national debt for sixteen hours of market trading.
The aftermath of his well thought out heist leaves the financial and political establishment in tatters and the British taxpayers with an anonymous hero. "Time & Chance" has all the classic humour and patriotism of every great British film, blended with the contemporary sophistication and cool of Soderbergh's "Ocean's Eleven".