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Roger Moore is an excellent choice for the Saint; and almost all the monochrome episodes have the inestimable advantage of being based on Leslie Charteris's stories, more or less loosely adapted — although some are very loose indeed.

If you'd like to read the originals, here's where you can find them. Where the name of the episode is different from Charteris's title, the latter is in parentheses.

SEASON 1

01 The Talented Husband — Nº 31: The Saint Around the World
02 The Latin Touch — Nº 29: The Saint in Europe
03 The Careful Terrorist — Nº 32: Thanks To The Saint
04 The Covetous Headsman — Nº 29: The Saint in Europe
05 The Loaded Tourist — Nº 29: The Saint in Europe
06 The Pearls of Peace — Nº 33: Señor Saint
07 The Arrow of God — Nº 30: The Saint on the Spanish Main
08 The Element of Doubt — Nº 34: The Saint To the Rescue
09 The Effete Angler — Nº 30: The Saint On the Spanish Main
10 The Golden Journey — Nº 29: The Saint in Europe
11 The Man Who Was Lucky — Nº 21: The Happy Highwayman
12 The Charitable Countess — Nº 21: The Happy Highwayman

SEASON 2

01 The Fellow Traveller — Nº 25: The Saint On Guard (The Sizzling Saboteur)
02 Starring the Saint — Nº 23: The Saint Goes West (Hollywood)
03 Judith — Nº 28: Saint Errant
04 Teresa — Nº 28: Saint Errant
05 The Elusive Ellshaw — Nº 14: The Saint Goes On
06 Marcia — Nº 17: The Ace of Knaves (The Beauty Specialist)
07 The Work of Art — Nº 17: The Ace of Knaves (The Spanish War)
08 Iris — Nº 28: Saint Errant
09 The King of the Beggars — Nº 27: Call for the Saint
10 The Rough Diamonds — Nº 25: The Saint On Guard (The Black Market)
11 The Saint Plays with Fire — Nº 19: Prelude for War/The Saint Plays With Fire
12 The Well-Meaning Mayor — Nº 21: The Happy Highwayman
13 The Sporting Chance — Nº 31: The Saint Around the World
14 The Bunco Artists — Nº 32: Thanks To The Saint
15 The Benevolent Burglary — Nº 21: The Happy Highwayman
16 The Wonderful War — Nº 05: Featuring the Saint
17 The Noble Sportsman — Nº 13: Boodle/The Saint Intervenes
18 The Romantic Matron — Nº 33: Señor Saint
19 Luella — Nº 28: Saint Errant
20 The Lawless Lady — Nº 02: Enter the Saint
21 The Good Medicine — Nº 32: Thanks To The Saint
22 The Invisible Millionaire — Nº 20: Follow the Saint
23 The High Fence — Nº 14: The Saint Goes On
24 Sophia — #28: Saint Errant (Lucia)
25 The Gentle Ladies — Nº 34: The Saint To the Rescue
26 The Ever-Loving Spouse — Nº 34: The Saint To the Rescue
27 The Saint Sees It Through — Nº 26: The Saint Sees It Through

SEASON 3

01 The Miracle Tea Party — Nº 20: Follow the Saint
02 Lida — Nº 28: Saint Errant
03 Jeannine — Nº 28: Saint Errant
04 The Scorpion — Nº 08: The Holy Terror/The Saint vs. Scotland Yard (The Inland Revenue)
05 The Revolution Racket — Nº 33: Señor Saint
06 The Saint Steps in — Nº 24: The Saint Steps In
07 The Loving Brothers — Nº 13: Boodle/The Saint Intervenes
08 The Man Who Like Toys — Nº 13: Boodle/The Saint Intervenes
09 The Death Penalty — Nº 10: Once More the Saint/The Saint and Mr. Teal
10 The Imprudent Politician — #11: The Brighter Buccaneer (The Appalling Politician)
11 The Hi-Jackers — #17: The Ace of Knaves (The Unlicensed Victuallers)
12 The Unkind Philanthropist — Nº 30: The Saint On the Spanish Main
13 The Damsel in Distress — Nº 13: Boodle/The Saint Intervenes
14 The Contract — #06: Alias the Saint (The Impossible Crime)
15 The Set-Up — #10: Once More the Saint (The Man from St. Louis)
16 The Rhine Maiden — Nº 29: The Saint in Europe
17 The Inescapable Word — Nº 32: Thanks To The Saint
18 The Sign of the Claw — Nº 23: The Saint Goes West (Arizona)
19 The Golden Frog — Nº 33: Señor Saint
20 The Frightened Innkeeper — Nº 14: The Saint Goes On
21 Sibao — Nº 30: The Saint on the Spanish Main (The Questing Tycoon)
22 The Crime of the Century — #06: Alias the Saint (The National Debt)
23 The Happy Suicide — Nº 32: Thanks To The Saint

SEASON 4

01 The Chequered Flag — #13: Boodle (The Newdick Helicopter)
02 The Abductors — #10: Once More the Saint (The Gold Standard)
03 The Crooked Ring — Nº 27: Call for the Saint (The Masked Angel)
04 The Smart Detective — Nº 21: The Happy Highwayman
05 The Persistent Parasite — #31: The Saint Around the World (The Reluctant Nudist)
06 The Man Who Could Not Die — Nº 05: Featuring the Saint
07 The Saint Bids Diamonds — Nº 18: Thieves' Picnic/The Saint Bids Diamonds
08 The Spanish Cow — Nº 29: The Saint in Europe [FUBAR]
09 The Old Treasure Story — Nº 30: The Saint On the Spanish Main

I would have given you links to all of them, but there's a maximum of ten per review :-(

Shirley Eaton (the golden girl from Goldfinger) appears as Adrienne Halberd in Episode 1, and as Gloria Uckrose only four hours later in Episode 9; and Erica Rogers is Joss Hendry in Episode 6 and Belinda Dean in Episode 10, even sooner. Which is a bit cheeky of the Casting Director.

The flamenco piece on "The Golden Journey" is a soleá, beautifully played by Ricardo Cortés, of whom I can discover no further trace. No two guitarists play soleares identically; but if you like that and want more, try Paco Peña's Flamenco Guitar.
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on 25 June 2016
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. Roger Moore is a great actor - keeps his tongue firmly in cheek and delivers some deliciously un-PC dialogue. All in all makes a refreshing change. Just the thing to watch in bed before you doze off - 70+ episodes should keep us going a few months.
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on 18 January 2013
It`s great to see the first few series of a hero "The Saint", an unorthodox righter of wrongs. I saw the colour series years ago which I enjoyed, but most of these black and white episodes are new to me. They are entertaining and nostalgic. The sound on the copy I have is not very good in places, but it adds to the atmosphere!
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on 3 November 2015
These high quality DVDs take you back to the simpler days of the early Sixties, with Roger Moore's suave take on Leslie Charteris's "Saint" played as a jet-setter of the time, effortlessly fighting "the ungodly" and raising an eyebrow from a skewed moral high ground on the gangsters, con men, criminally-inclined and even the odd spoilt little rich girl. The first episodes seemed very glamourous and exotic at the time (especially when compared with "Dixon Of Dock Green",) visiting such places as Rome, Paris and Miami a year before Ian Fleming brought out his book "Thrilling Cities." With the appearance of ST 1, the Saint's white Volvo P1800, the stories become more England-based and the viewer who remembers the series from their childhood can wallow in nostalgia and spot the TV actors of the day. Smoothing his hair after a fight is Simon's first priority - gritty reality this isn't, with a few location shots trying to mask the studio interiors, but it's all very enjoyable - especially with that thumping original signature tune!
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on 5 September 2009
I don't need to add to the comments which are all good, except to say that the video quality is so far excellent. Looks like they have been remastered. Many of the classic sixties series, not just the Saint, must have been written by masters of their craft. The plots, characters and dialogue are for the most part top-notch and believable and written by worldy-wise people who understood the psychology of behaviour. Even though everything is repackaged into an entertainment format with the inevitable cliches, stock characters and standard plots, it's all done with a sure hand and is written by adults for adults - unlike many modern series which are written by morons for morons with characters which are just plain silly. I think these earlier series are actually better than the colour series. Everything about these early Saint episodes is fresh and enjoyable - and I've never seen them before. I've only watched a few so far so I can't comment yet as to whether the standard is maintained!
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on 4 February 2010
Having bought The Complete Saint Series One set some time ago I eagerly anticipated the same with series two and so on. Instead, Network decided to release 2 complete box sets (both B/W and colour) giving the ardent Saint fan the opportunity to own the lot.For me, the B/W episodes were the best and to have them all, along with a documentary on the making of the Saint, plus more, makes this an essential purchase.It comes in attractive packaging including booklets and, of course 18 discs
with all 71 B/W episodes.This is Classic 60's British TV - I never would have imagined that as a young lad watching these back then, that I would have them all on my DVD shelf to play at my own leisure. I highly recommend this - at a great price too!

Steve
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on 29 October 2006
Being something of a Roger Moore completist, I'd usually be up for purchasing the Monochrome Series - however, there is something amiss in the sudden release of this particular boxset. The fact is that the first 39 monochrome episodes were released in a separate boxset two years ago, and this is the one that I bought - I then waited patiently for the remaining 32 episodes to be released in another boxset - this never appeared. Instead, now in Autumn 2006, all 71 episodes have been released including of course the 39 episodes I've already got ! Er, so now I am being pressured to buy this latest ( obviously more expensive ) product so that I don't miss out on the last 32 episodes. Not really on, in my opinion, especially as we who bought the 39 episode version were never offered the last 32 episodes in a subsequent boxset before this 71 episode version appeared. What was it Hamlet said about "something rotten in the state of Denmark"? Substitute "DVD" for "Denmark" and there you have it in a nutshell.
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on 31 December 2014
Great nostalgia here. Roger looks very young but even then shows great talent. I love seeing the 1960's cars, fashion, deserted roads and how life was then.
Highly recommended viewing. Good story lines. See many English "Stars" in cameo.
I also purchased the Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) box set at the same time. More or even better trips down memory lane into the England of the late 60's.
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on 21 November 2009
These are great quality DVD's. There are very few special features but they are terrific digital transfers and look and sound great. Te Saint was a great series and these are a must have for any fan of the Saint. You can see where the idea for shows like White Collar and Burn Notice come from when you watch these episodes.
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on 3 July 2016
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. The first series aired 14 years before I was born, so to be able to purchase this and watch it from the beginning is great. I also purchased the colour episodes too, so got quite a few to get through. Mystery, humour, and a very handsome Roger Moore, makes this a must see classic.
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