When his mentor (Robert De Niro) is taken captive, a retired member of Britain's Elite Special Air Service (Jason Statham) is forced into action. His mission: kill three assassins dispatched by their cunning leader (Clive Owen).
The film is currently being shot at Docklands Studios Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia. Filming began on May 13, 2010, based at the Docklands Studios Melbourne in the Docklands. In July 2010, Jason Statham's scenes were shot at the Brecon Beacons in Wales. (The British S.A.S. regiment trains there and that is thought to be one of the reasons why it was chosen as a location for the movie.) In May 2010, it was announced that Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro would join the cast, shooting for ten days in a small role as an assassin. De Niro filmed a scene in Melbourne's Spring Street set in 1970s Paris.
Some London scenes are currently being filmed in Cardiff -- on July 29, De Niro and Statham were seen filming outside The Promised Land Bar on Windsor Place.
On July 28, 2010, location filming took place near the Storey Arms outdoor centre, in the Brecon Beacons. A number of 1970's period cars were in evidence, particularly a bright orange Austin Maxi. The peaks of Pen Y Fan are accessible from this location, and are known to be used by the SAS as part of their selection process and ongoing training.
The Killer Elite is a 1975 American action thriller film starring James Caan and Robert Duvall and directed by Sam Peckinpah.
The screenplay was written by Marc Norman and Stirling Silliphant from the Robert Rostand novel Monkey in the Middle. The film represents the last collaboration between Peckinpah and soundtrack composer Jerry Fielding, who apparently felt the creative partnership had run its course.
Two agents belong to the so-called Killer Elite, a private mercenary organization working for Com-Teg: Communications Integrity Associates (i.e., CIA).
George Hansen, having been bought out by an unknown rival group, assassinates a man they are supposed to be protecting, and shoots his partner Mike Locken in the knee and elbow as part of the bargain.
Crippled for life and his career seemingly at an end, Locken undergoes a long rehabilitation and earns another assignment from his Com-Teg contact man, Cap Collis. It requires him to protect an Asian client, Yuen Chung. It also gives him the opportunity to seek revenge against Hansen, who is part of the team out to assassinate the client.
Locken, now skilled in martial arts with the help of his cane, recruits a couple of former associates, Miller and Mac, to help him. However, the deal turns out to be an elaborate set-up, part of an internal power struggle involving the Com-Teg directors, Collis and his superior Weybourne.
Hansen gets the drop on Locken, but is killed by Miller. A final showdown between the Asian rivals takes place aboard an abandoned naval vessel in port, with Locken and Mac involved in the fray and confronting Collis one last time.