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4.0 out of 5 stars Lush, light and almost great, 11 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Return of the Saint: The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)
Despite the overacting on the part of much of the supporting cast (typical of the era), the rather disappointing scripts and lack of believable action, Ian Ogilvy is an inspiration as the Saint. Sadly, the producers chose to emulate their own work in Roger Moore's colour series portraying Simon Templar as a kind of 007-lite which does him an injustice. Still, Ogilvy brings a seriousness and charismatic gravitas to the 1970's Simon Templar than did any actor who has portrayed him before or since. In my opinion, Ogilvy is the special effect that makes this series tick and gives it the legs it still has. The locations & many of the women are beautiful as is the white Jaguar XJ-S he drove the replace the Volvo P1800 (the Saint's car is almost always the costar in the television shows), the plots, light and the production, lavish. Also, the fashions are hilarious and yet, still, charming. As is the music. If nothing else, this series shows how great Ian Ogilvy might have been in For Your Eyes Only.

It's a shame Lew Grade didn't choose to fund additional series because, with the Italian and French episodes shot almost entirely on location and featuring higher production values than possibly any other series before or since and the very compelling performance of the the star Ian Ogilvy, this series was worlds better than most everything else on television at the time. Aspects of it hold up very well while other aspects seem dated but this too is part of its charm. As an aside, I was so moved by this series when I saw it as a teenager, that when could afford a hobby car a year or so ago, I bought a white Jaguar XJ-S of my own. I wonder how much Jaguar owes the sales of the XJ-S to Ian Ogilvy's charisma.

Return to a time that never quite was and embrace the glamor of the late '70's & early 1980's.
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Initial post: 24 Feb 2015 18:07:42 GMT
Meles says:
What an excellent review. I totally agree that it's a great shame that further episodes of The Return of the Saint weren't made.
Lew Grade lost a fortune in the 1980 film "Raise the Titanic", which may have had an impact on the continuation of this excellent series.
Ian Ogilvy has recently appeared in a film called "We Still Kill the Old Way" which I've yet to see. If the majority of positive reviews are anything to go by Ogilvy is brilliant in this too.
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