Just remembered the first time i ever heard of Ronnie Biggs.

Was as a teenager, getting into the old punk music & watching the film 'The great rock'n'roll swindle'.
The Sex Pistols drummer & guitarist went over to Brazil to make a video on the beach with Ronnie.

Was probably the same year that the Phil Collins film 'Buster' came out.

So yeah - romanticised?
Definitely.