Warspite, if you could have just work in a romantic angle between McCauley and Josephine you'd have yourself a movie (that should not be named) deal
Apologies, I gave but an abbreviated version of the re-make. There is a romantic angle, although I do not believe it has anything to do with TMTSNBN.
When our hero Rafe joined the Russian army his rise thrrough the ranks from peasant soldier to Chief of Staff (to Field Marshal Kutusov) was meteroic. In less than a week he found himself No.2 in the Russian Army and soon became a serious player at the Russian court. He had a passionate affair with Elizabeth Alexeievna - wife of Alexander I and assisted Pyotr Iiyich Tchaikovsky in composing Swan Lake - even though the Russian composer was not born for another 28 years.
Having beaten back the French through his masterly command of the Russian troops at Borodino, Rafe turned his hand to a spot of architecture - designing the Bolshoi theatre - before sailing for England in 1813, bored with life at court.
Having joined the elite British Foot Guards upon arrival there, he once more ingratiated himself with the local royalty, embarking on a passionate affair with Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of George III. That year he assisted a young authoress who was struggling to come up with a decent plot for a book she was trying to write. The authoress, Jane Austen, told Rafe that she had a nifty idea for a title but couldn't think of a story to go with it.
"Its called Pride and Prejudice" Austen told Rafe. "Great title babe" said Rafe - and within ten minutes his rapier like mind came up with a plot involving five sisters called Bennett, a town called Meryton and a hero called Mr Darcy. Austen was overjoyed and Rafe and she soon embarked upon a passionate affair etc etc.
However, war was soon to rear its ugly head once more. Rafe was in Italy on holiday, where he met Napoleon's ex- Josephine de Beauharnais. She was desperate to get into the handsome Rafe's breeches but just as she plucked up the courage to ask him for a bit of rumpy pumpy, Rafe received a telegram. "Not tonight Josephine" he said "I must go - your ex-old man has done a bunk from Elba".
Returning to Southampton, Rafe took a carriage direct to London to report to the Duke of Wellington. "Rafe, thank-god your here!" exclaimed the Duke "Bonaparte has escaped, landed in France and, even as we speak, is marching on Brussels". Rafe let out a big grin "Relax dude, take a chill pill. Rafe is here in the nick of time". "But what do we do Rafe?" quizzed the desperate Wellington. "Get me to Belgium on the first boat - we'll head em off at the pass". "Pass?" said Wellington. "Yeah, there's a place called Mont St Jean, south of Brussels, that's where i intend for Napoleon to meet his Waterloo". "Hussah" screamed Wellington like an excited school girl.
And the rest, as they say, is history (Hollywood styleee).
Rafe McCauley in Russian Green uniform just before Borodino
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