The Saint - The Complete Series 1 [DVD] 
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Contains all the episodes from Series One:
- The Talented Husband
- The Latin Touch
- The Careful Terrorist
- The Covetous Headsman
- The Loaded Tourist
- The Pearls of Peace
- The Arrow of God
- The Element of Doubt
- The Effete Angler
- The Golden Journey
- The Man Who Was Lucky
- The Charitable Countess
- The Fellow Traveller
- Starring the Saint
- The Elusive Ellshaw
- The Work of Art
- The King of the Beggars
- The Rough Diamonds
- The Saint Plays with Fire
- The Well-Meaning Mayor
- The Sporting Chance
- The Bunco Artists
- The Benevolent Burglary
- The Wonderful War
- The Noble Sportsman
- The Romantic Matron
- The Lawless Lady
- The Good Medicine
- The Invisible Millionaire
- The High Fence
- The Gentle Ladies
- The Ever-Loving Spouse
- The Saint Sees It Through
- The Latin Touch
Long before assuming the mantle of 007, Roger Moore made his name as suave, ultra-sophisticated amateur sleuth Simon Templar in The Saint. First broadcast in 1962--coincidentally the year Dr No appeared in cinemas--the show ran until 1969, by which time Moore was internationally famous and poised to make the move to big-screen Bond. Simon Templar suits Moore's personality well: he plays Leslie Charteris's creation with the merest raised eyebrow reaction to imminent danger and the unflappable demeanour of a man whose first concern is to prevent any creases in his Saville Row suit.
Templar's dialogue is sprinkled with trendy Americanisms and the show is filled with American supporting actors in a blatant attempt to sell it to a transatlantic audience (the attempt failed, which is why Moore took on The Persuaders in 1967). A bevy of exotic women and even more exotic foreign locations establish it as a product of the Jet Set era, even though most of the production is in fact studio-bound aside from a handful of establishing shots. The second episode, "The Latin Touch", is typical: supposedly the action takes place in Rome, but its sense of location is fatally undermined by some distinctly dodgy back projection and the casting of Warren (Alf Garnett) Mitchell as an Italian taxi driver. Sophisticated it once was, but it all seems rather quaint now: the suits, the old school tie, the phallic sports car (a Volvo!), and Templar's smug, patronising attitude all grate on modern sensibilities. This is one for nostalgia lovers, certainly, but it hasn't dated too well.
On the DVD:Although billed as Series 1, this 10-disc box set contains the first 39 black-and-white episodes, dating from 1962-64. There are a handful of extra features on the first four discs, including some text biographies and fact files, plus an interview with series creator Robert S Baker. Picture and mono sound quality are generally poor, reflecting the age of the original material, which doesn't appear to have been remastered. Still, it's adequate for what it is and shouldn't deter fans from acquiring this generous collection of a cult TV classic. --Mark Walker
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The quality of the black and white picture is excellent, the stories, actors and of course Roger Moore make this a must see dvd. The price is only from 15 pound, less than 50 pence an episode. Great to watch on a wintry afternoon, brings back the good old days.
Series 2 has the series best episodes, but series one is not too far behind.
Do yourself a favour and treat yourself - you won't regret it.
While you're about it - buy The Persuaders! box set as well.
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