Academy Award winning directors Martin Scorcese and Richard Attenborough have announced that they will produce a movie titled “Silver Ghost” about the life of John Douglas-Scott-Montagu, 2nd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, a British politician, early automobile enthusiast, and friend to Charles Rolls and Henry Royce, founders of Rolls-Royce. The film will most likely center on the relationship between Montagu and his secretary and mistress, Eleanor Thornton. Thornton is said to have been the model for sculptor Charles Sykes’ “Spirit of Ecstasy” Roll-Royce mascot.
Montagu was a car guy long before the term existed. He tirelessly advocated in the British Parliament on behalf of motorists at a time when the general public was skeptical of the noisy and dangerous motor cars. He founded the Road Board, helped establish the concept of license/registration plates, and even founded a buff book, a monthly magazine called The Car. Montagu was the first person to drive an automobile into the the House of Commons, when he drove a brand new 12HP Daimler into the yard of the House. Montagu, who was married to someone else at the time, had a child with Thornton but their affair came to a tragic end. On a trip to India with Montagu, Thornton drowned but Montagu survived when the SS Persia was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the Mediterranean in 1915.
With the working title and the place that Rolls-Royce will have in the narrative means that there will be plenty of classic Rolls-Royce cars to see. When you see them, you’ll be able to enjoy the movie in 3D. Not long ago, following the critical acclaim and technical Oscars for his recent film Hugo, shot in 3D, Scorcese announced that going forward he plans to shoot all of his movies in stereo 3D.
“There is something that 3-D gives to the picture that takes you into another land and you stay there and it’s a good place to be… It’s like seeing a moving sculpture of the actor and it’s almost like a combination of theater and film combined and it immerses you in the story more. I saw audiences care about the people more…The minute [movies] started people wanted three things: color, sound and depth. You want to recreate life.”