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Martin Scorcese Working up Rolls-Royce Biopic

“Silver Ghost” headed for the silver screen.

by on May.18, 2012

Director Martin Scorcese is set to turn to the Rolls-Royce saga.

With his long list of successful films, you might Martin Scorcese to be riding to work in a Rolls-Royce, but it seems he plans to make his next film about the classic luxury brand – or, more precisely, about its early years and the people who transformed Rolls into as much a legend as an automobile company.

Best known for violent, if thought-provoking works like Raging Bull and Goodfellas, Scorcese occasionally has been known to take a turn towards romantic period pieces, such as Age of Innocence and last year’s acclaimed Hugo. So, don’t expect a lot of explosions and violence when the 69-year-old director teams up with Britain’s Lord Attenborough – himself best known for the Academy Award winner Gandhi.

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Nonetheless, it has all the makings of a classic melodrama, with illicit love affairs, fancy costumes and did we mention it just might have an explosion or two?

The film is set to follow the lives of founders Charles Rolls and Henry Royce but seems ripe for the melodramatic touch thanks to the illicit love affair between Lord Montagu of Beaulieu and his secretary Eleanor Thornton.  Don’t recognize her name?  She wound up serving as the model for the “Spirit of Ecstasy” that sits atop the bonnet – as the Brits prefer it – of every Rolls-Royce.

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Rolls-Royce Gives Up the Ghost

Automaker’s new small luxury car finally has a formal name.

by on Apr.20, 2009

Rolls-Royce will bring back the legendary "Ghost" nameplate for its "small" luxury sedan, which goes into production for 2010. The concept version, the 200EX is shown here.

Rolls-Royce will bring back the legendary "Ghost" nameplate for its "small" luxury sedan, which goes into production for 2010. The concept version, the 200EX is shown here.

Rolls-Royce is giving up the Ghost, at least so to speak.  That’s the name the British maker has decided to appliqué on the back of its new “small” luxury car, which was heretofore known as the RR4.

The tradition-bound maker’s choice is no surprise.  Names like Shadow and Ghost have repeatedly reappeared on branches of its family tree since Charles Stewart Rolls and Henry Royce teamed up in 1904.  The Silver Ghost was the first truly successful model the partners produced.

The Ghost name was formally announced at the Shanghai Motor Show, this morning — though TheDetroitBureau.com first revealed it would reappear in a report last month.  Notes Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Tom Purves, that nameplate “is one of the most revered names in the automotive industry, evoking images of adventure and technical innovation. The name reflects this new model’s breadth of abilities. The first cars to bear the Ghost name were known not only for impressive dependability and refinement but also great flair and style.”

The new Ghost could prove equally critical for Rolls today, considering the lackluster success of the carmaker’s current line-up, its various models based on the Phantom platform and carrying prices in the ultra-exclusive $400,000 range.  Sales have been particularly hard-hit by a recession that has impacted luxury as well as mainstream manufacturers.

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