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Monday, January 02, 2012

Monty's Double R

There was an old movie from 1958 entitled 'I was Monty's Double'.

"A few months before the D-Day landings during World War II, the British government decides to launch a campaign of disinformation; spreading a rumour that the landings just might take place at a location other than Normandy.
The details of the operation are handed to two intelligence officers, Colonel Logan (Cecil Parker) and Major Harvey (John Mills).
They are initially unable to devise such a plan - but one night, Harvey sees an actor at a London theatre, who looks just like General Bernard Montgomery.
Logan and Harvey discover that the actor is M. E. Clifton James (playing himself), a Lieutenant stationed in Leicester with the Royal Army Pay Corps and that he was a professional actor in peacetime.
He is called to London, on the pretext that he is to make a test for an army film, and a plan is devised that he should tour North Africa, impersonating 'Monty'."

But then, on another note (nothing at all to do with that movie), there is Monty's Double 'R'....

A very unique Phantom III used by Monty in the fall of 1944 in Belgium - good old wartime 'commandeering' at its best.

On display at the Imperial Palace Auto Collection in Las Vegas. (click image to enlarge)

I really admire Brussels' coachbuilder Vesters and Nierinck's lack of a B pillar, their sharp edged rear roofline and the small rear window details.

(Posted by David Irvine)


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