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Roger Moore was my childhood role model
on 12 January 2010
So suave, tall and handsome he didn't have a boring proper job like all the other men I knew. He didn't seem to work at all, had plenty of money, lived in a swish mews apartment, drove a flash foreign sports car, invariably had a gorgeous girl on his arm, could fight like a Trojan and always did 'the right thing'. What more could a six-year-old boy aspire to? Roger Moore as Simon Templar was brilliant and these early black and white episodes are equally so, in every parameter: scripts, characters, acting and technical quality. They've done a fantastic job on the re-mastering. Honestly!
But the bit I loved most was at the beginning of each episode when the camera zoomed in and 'Simon' addressed 'the viewer' - like he was taking him/her into his confidence. I felt he was talking only to me. Then one of the characters would say something like, 'But everybody knows the famous Simon Templar.' The little white halo would appear above his head, and Ted Astley's memorable theme music would start. Ivor Dean as inspector Claude Teale was also brilliant, as were the many other famous names that appeared throughout the series - great actors and actresses never to be forgotten.
I really cannot recommend this set highly enough.