At the time, the 1960s, 'The Saint' was the most expensive British TV series ever made, and in his role as the suave Leslie Charteris creation, Simon Templar, Roger Moore's performance probably earnt him the James Bond role in the 1970s.
A typically 1960s show, with a typical formula - handsome man defeats the baddies, gets pretty girl, drives a sports car - 'The Saint' was still very enjoyable - mainly through the charm of Moore, who appeared in 118 episodes of this ITC series between 1962 and 1969.
- Paul Rance/booksmusicfilmstv.com.
The Saint Main Cast List
Roger Moore as Simon Templar
Ivor Dean as Inspector Claud Eustace Teal
Ricardo Montez as Carlos Segoia
Larry Taylor as Alicron
Justine Lord as Galaxy Rose
Leslie Crawford as Dunn
Suzanne Lloyd as Claudia Molinelli
Arnold Diamond as Colonel Latignant
David Bauer as Burt Northwade
Annette Andre as Annette
Paul Stassino as Abdul Osman
Robert Cawdron as Sergeant Luduc
Charles Houston as Al Vitale
Sylvia Syms as Amos Klein
Ray Austin as Arthur
Hal Galili as Bartender
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Roger Moore: My Word is My Bond (BBC Audio)
Roger Moore reads his own autobiography, and describes his life in frank detail, but this is different to a lot of autobiographies, as the person he criticises is nearly always himself. - Paul Rance/booksmusicfilmstv.com.
Classic The Saint Episode Summaries
Invitation To Danger
Screenplay by Terry Nation, directed by Roger Moore, and co-starring Shirley Eaton, Julian Glover and Bryan Marshall, Invitation To Danger sees Simon escaping danger in ingenious ways, as he leads a criminal gang on a wild goose chase. They are not best pleased...
Legacy For The Saint
The Saint follows Ed, an old criminal acquaintance (Reginald Marsh), only to just miss his grisly end. A criminal gang seem the likeliest suspects behind the murder, but all is not as it seems. Look out for T. P. McKenna, a very young Stephanie Beacham and a familiar face from the classic Fawlty Towers episode, Waldorf Salad.
The Desperate Diplomat
Here, Robert Hardy is nothing like the avuncular James Herriot he played a decade later in All Creatures Great and Small. In this episode, Hardy plays a vicious criminal who is quite prepared to kill The Saint to get his hands on a hidden stash.
The Organisation Man
Simon a cold-blooded killer! It appears so as he shoots dead a helpless victim (Norman Bird) without hesitation. A mercenary army wants Simon's services, and if he's not up to the mark he won't be seen again. Familiar faces aplenty, including Glynn Edwards (barman Dave in Minder) and Tony Britton, who outsuaves even Roger Moore!
The Double Take
Simon is hired to investigate an imposter of a Greek businessman - only he is hired by the imposter and the real Greek businessman, but which is which? Kate O'Mara co-stars, and Michael Robbins makes a cameo appearance.
The House On Dragon's Rock
Annette Andre makes another appearance in The Saint and here she is cornered in a cave by a giant ant! A scientist, not unreasonably, wants ants to take over the world and replace evil humans as the dominant species. Only Simon Templar can stop him.
Where The Money Is
A frantic movie big shot wants Simon to rescue his kidnapped daughter, and pay her ransom. Though things don't prove to be that straightforward...
The Ex-King Of Diamonds
A cocky Texan (Stuart Damon) meets his match with Simon who happily beats him at games of chance time and time again. But they later combine to thwart a crooked former king called Boris, whose crimes include kidnapping a girl (Isla Blair), serial cheating at a casino and planning a revolution!
The World Beater
Much skulduggery in the world of rallying, as scheming Kay Collingwood ends up finding that The Saint is no soft touch.
The Man Who Gambled With Life
Mimi the white mouse stars in this episode that deals with a dying man's desperation to stay alive. Mimi's lifespan is doubled, but will the same experiment work on humans? Simon becomes an unwilling guinea pig.
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