New D'Artagnan film: How his family protect the real Musketeer spirit
He is the hero of Alexandre Dumas's novels and he has been portrayed on screen by actors from Douglas Fairbanks and Gene Kelly to Michael York. D'Artagnan, the most dashing of all the musketeers, may seem to us like a fictional figure. However, Charles Ogier de Batz de Castelmore, Comte d'Artagnan – to give him his name in full – was a real historical character and his descendants are doing their best to live up to his reputation. These descendants belong to one of the most aristocratic families in France.
Forty years ago, Pierre’s grandfather launched a new order – Compagnie de Mousquetaires de Armagnac. Pierre’s father, French senator Aymeri de Montesquiou, is currently “Captain” of the organisation.
“It (the Society) was created to celebrate the musketeer spirit, of course, and also to promote Armagnac (brandy) from Gascony,” Pierre explains. “Now, we have more than 3,000 members all around the world, from South Asia to the States.” There is a Senegal chapter; one in Vietnam, and, perhaps appropriately given its links with steel, a new one in Pittsburgh.
This sounds like fun. Athos would have approved :)