Memories, thoughts and opinions of this classic show and it's follow up, starring respectively Roger Moore and Ian Ogilvy....
Being a big fan of Roger Moore - in everything except James Bond - I was never able to accept Ian Ogilvy in the role. He just wasn't THE SAINT to me. The fact that it lasted for such a short period of time might indicate that I was not alone in these opinions.Don't laugh but one of my favourites is Return of the Saint.
Poorly received at the time, and not well thought of now, but I love it.
Ian Ogilvy gives a new slant to Templar whilst being respectful to the original. Also lovely filming locations in Monaco, France Italy, rather than stock footage.
Great guest cast as well, including Stephen Grieff, John Woodvine, Maurice Roeves, George Cole, Brit Ekland, Kate O'Mara, Mary Tamm, Frederick Jaeger, Judy Geeson, even Sam Wanamaker, and Prunella Gee, Susan Penhaligon, Jenny ' Magpie' Hanley
My favorite episode is Duel in Venice with Maurice Colbourne. Worth checking out.
If Ian Ogilvy had landed the role of 007, history might well view him as Roger Moore's stalker.No I don't think Ogilvy was ever offered Bond. Like you I can't picture him in the role.
Got all the Saint on DVD, very few turkeys in the 118 episodes. I've always felt the black and white years were better. The colour ones more or less are standard ITC fare, there was greater variety in the plots of the earlier ones.
First episode The House on Dragons Rock- a crazy scientist is creating a non human monstrosity.
Paramount Pictures has set “Rocketman” and “Eddie the Eagle” filmmaker Dexter Fletcher to helm “The Saint,” the new film adaptation of Leslie Charteris’ 1920 novel series.
Seth Grahame-Smith penned the script while Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Brad Krevoy will produce along with the late Robert Evans posthumously. The story follows Simon Templar (a.k.a. The Saint), a Robin Hood-esque criminal and thief for hire.
The property was previously turned into the famed 1960s TV series starring Roger Moore and the 1997 film starring Val Kilmer, while there’s also been multiple other telemovie, radio and TV series adaptations with actors like Vincent Price, Louis Hayward, George Sanders and Adam Rayner.
Fletcher recently signed on to helm Universal’s “Renfield” about the asylum inmate who is a servant of Dracula.
Yep, no doubt. And bound to be Simone Templar, of course.So, will she be a disabled, black, Asian single mother from a minority religion who is mentally smarter and physically stronger than all the sexist, evil white men who will try to oppose her?