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The Saint - The Complete Monochrome Series [DVD]
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All 71 of the black and white episodes of the classic television adventure drama, filmed before the series went into colour in 1966. Roger Moore stars as Simon Templar, aka 'The Saint'. A suave and sophisticated conman, Templar only steals from rich criminals and helps the forces of the law by making sure they're thrown behind bars. Episodes are: 'The Talented Husband', 'The Latin Touch', 'The Careful Terrorist', 'The Covetous Headsman', 'The Loaded Tourist', 'The Pearls of Peace', 'The Element of Doubt', 'The Arrow of God', 'The Effete Angler', 'The Golden Journey', 'The Man who was Lucky', 'The Charitable Countess', 'The Romantic Matron', 'The Invisible Millionaire', 'The Gentle Ladies', 'The Ever-loving Spouse', 'The Saint Sees It Through', 'The Fellow Traveller', 'Starring the Saint', 'Judith', 'Teresa', 'The Elusive Ellshaw', 'Marcia', 'The Work of Art', 'Iris', 'The King of the Beggars', 'The Rough Diamonds', 'The Saint Plays with Fire', 'The Benevolent Burglary', 'The Bunco Artists', 'The Well-Meaning Mayor', 'The Sporting Chance', 'The Wonderful War', 'The Noble Sportsman', 'Luella', 'The Lawless Lady', 'The Good Medicine', 'The High Fence', 'Sophia', 'The Miracle Tea Party', 'Lida', 'Jeannine', 'The Scorpion', 'The Revolution Racket', 'The Saint Steps In', 'The Loving Brothers', 'The Man Who Liked Toys', 'The Death Penalty', 'The Imprudent Politician', 'The Hijackers', 'The Unkind Philanthropist', 'The Damsel in Distress', 'The Contract', 'The Set-up', 'The Inescapable Word', 'The Rhine Maiden', 'The Golden Frog', 'The Sign of the Claw', 'The Frightened Innkeeper', 'Sibao', 'The Crime of the Century', 'The Happy Suicide', 'The Chequered Flag', 'The Crooked Ring', 'The Abductors', 'The Smart Detective', 'The Persistent Parasite', 'The Man Who Could Not Die', 'The Saint Bids Diamonds', 'The Spanish Cow' and 'The Old Treasure Story'.
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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.
THE SAINT is one of those rather frustrating series that can be both a little bit brilliant and a little bit awful at the same time but is always at the very least entertaining and when it's good, it's very good indeed. Personally I think that the Black and White episodes are generally stronger than the later colour ones, but that might just be because they seem more atmospheric and the shortcomings of things like back projection can be more easily ignored. The monochrome era also differs from the colour era by having Simon Templar address the audience directly at the start of the show which is an unusual technique but went a long way towards engaging the audience with the character. Of course, the series dates from simpler times, so the storytelling is usually pretty straightforward as it comes from the days before ongoing story arcs became so popular in television action dramas, so every story is pretty self-contained and can stand alone if you're just in the mood for (just under) an hour of thrills and adventure, but of course this means that every episode has to stand or fall on its individual merits and some are obviously better than others.
The ITC stable gave us many fine action/adventure series of a type no longer really made for modern audiences, but THE SAINT was pretty much the pick of the bunch. Of course, certain aspects of the show have seriously dated.Read more ›
this is the series that really started the "cult t.v" craze in my opinion. i can't think of another british programme that is as popular as this one, except maybe "the prisoner" or "the avengers."
the black and white programmes ran from 1962 until 1965 and amount to 71 in total.
only roger moore could bring leslie charteris's creation of simon templar to life, as he has easily made the character his own. i have noticed attempts by other actors to play the part; george sanders being one of the better ones.
there is an interesting documentary on the making of the early series, but should have been on for longer than it is.
despite the fact that very little was done in the way of location shooting, the script, acting and direction more than compensate.
in each episode you will notice quite a few familiar faces in the supporting cast; derren nesbitt, patrick troughton, anthony booth, nigel davenport, john carson, dudley sutton, oliver reed, honor blackman, shirley eaton plus many others.
also included are a few audio commentaries which are good at explaining what went on during the making of an episode.
the company who released this should hopefully be doing the same with other similar programmes. let's hope so.
The Saint is a long running TV series starring Roger Moore as Simon Templar. The character, Simon Templar is a sort of Robin Hood like adventurer. He has wealth that enables him to travel the world helping people out of difficult situations. He is handsome and suave. His initials are ST, which is also an abbreviation for "Saint".
Simon Templar often uses a disguise and sometimes used the name Sebastian Toombs.
The series was based on the books by Leslie Charteris. This is particularly true of the first few episodes. The version of the story for this series was created by the series scriptwriters. The original books had been written in the 1920s and they had been adapted for film before.
The stories in these black and white series are really good. There are some strong plot lines and the production style and acting is fabulous. There are many guest stars. Some were well established at the time and others became more famous after the time of The Saint. There are a few regular characters. Most notably Ivor Dean as Templar's nemesis/reluctant ally, Inspector Teal.
Simon Templar usually works alone but occasionally joins forces with other characters.
Later the series was made in colour and they changed a few things. But one thing that distinguishes these early episodes is that Simon Templar speaks to the audience at the start of every episode. (With the switch to colour this gimmick was replaced by simple narration) This gives a feeling of closeness to the character as he is talking to us.Read more ›
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I have always loved the saint, and now I can have it on DVD, watching it online in poor quality simply did not do it justice, had to have it on DVD!Published 1 month ago by J. Mackenzie
Over the last couple of weeks, I've been watching the later colour episodes of The Saint on ITV 4, (with ungenerous scissor happy cuts), and I really enjoy it, despite the cuts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DebbieJ
Fantastic nostalgia. Great stories. Love spotting the old stars, cars and seeing what some of the current popular holiday destinations used to look like too. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Landolas
Already got the coloured Saint box set, ordered these as wanted all the Saint episodes. Arrived quickly can't fault Amazon for their service and value. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer