The panache he showed with his mischievous grin and slight tilt of his head over something oddly ironic was matched by the swiftness and ferocity he could show when laying into one of the ungodly. It ran for 6 seasons. Clearly, Moore gave to Templar the same vitality, perhaps even more so, than he would a few years later for James Bond.
The series did not catch the attention of the public as it deserved and it lasted just one season, which is a shame because Ogilvy did a terrific job and the episodes definitely do justice to the legend. Fast forward nearly another decade and a pilot for a possible new series was made with Andrew Clarke as Templar. It ran as part of CBS's Playhouse. It did not get picked up.
Two years later, another incarnation of the Saint appeared with several episodes starring Simon Dutton as Templar. It also did not make it past the first year. Jump ahead two decades and another attempt for a television series. It did not take either. Several comics were written about the Saint over the years. The ones I know about are listed here. The first illustrated Saint story was an adaptation of a Saint movie starring George Sanders. It was released by the very new comic publisher Detective Comics, which would become DC.
A couple of years later, a possibly short-lived New Friday Publications, under the banner of Comic House, had an anthology magazine called Silver Streak. The contents of the comic changed quite a bit over the couple of years it was around. Four of those issues contained original Saint stories penned by Leslie Charteris and recounting what the Saint did to help the war effort behind enemy lines. Avon Comics released 12 issues over a 4-year period.
Each issue had one or more Saint stories and other tales as well, as was common back then. British publisher Fleetway put out a series of adventures of numerous characters, first in its Thriller Comics and then in its Super-Detective Library comic, apparently illustrated versions of previously released stories.
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One of the former and eight of the latter issues dealt with the Saint although I have not yet figured out what stories they connect with. In recent years, at least one graphic novel and one lone comic book was released by Moonstone.
The exact number of strips is not known to me at this time though a fellow fan has told me there were 46 arcs. The comics were syndicated by the New York Herald Tribune to papers all over the world. My source has told me that the strips started weekdays on September 27, with a Sunday edition being added March 20th, They would last until September 16, There was a preliminary strip put out before the main run started, drawn by Lew Schwartz, which I have numbered 0.
Oh, but how I have loved the Saint. Since the first time I saw Roger Moore bring that modern-day swashbuckler to life on the small screen, I was hooked. Even when I read the first couple of books and was a tad confused that he was not exactly as Moore protrayed him, I stuck around and soon I came to see the similarities and accepted the differences and know that both were terrific and worth my time. The only hassle I found was the mixed up order I read the novels and novellas and short stories.
Back then there was no Internet to consult. Publishers had their own order for the books and they did not agree. Even worse, many of the books had different titles, especially between UK and US editions and trying to figure out what to read next just proved impossible. Still, it was the Saint and that made it good enough for me.
I pondered for quite a long time whether to put the Saint into this compendium. Several people asked me why he was not yet and each time I shrugged. I did not know if he belonged. Then I sat down with each book and looked to see which one had adventures that would definitely fit a spy category, which might or might not, and which were decidedly not spy-related at all.
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I was astonished to find that the number of Yes books were more than the number of No ones. The Maybe books did not count either way. Finally I decided to ask him to join. The Saint is one of the most unique characters in modern fiction. There have been numerous wannabees but no one has ever been quite as suave, daring, whimsical, dashing, and charismatic a character as this heir to the Robin Hood title.
I am very pleased that I got to know him. My Grade: A. A similar literary experience And I fell for it But as I've grown older I've come to appreciate Charteris's pen. The Fiction Makers remains one of my all-time favorite spyfare experiences I watched the Saint on late night sindication before I met Bond. Tell us what you think of the series.
Give your grade and comments. Hello, Guest Sign In Register. The government offers him a job but he instead chooses to lie low, coming back only to take on a powerful bad guy out to steal a dangerous weapon from the Army. Bored, Templar decides to help. Simon Templar initially agrees to help the police take the group down but then he meets Jill, the gang leader, and finds he has a lot in common with her.
To get the money, he and his gal, Patricia, decide to turn the tables on a nasty blackmailer. Teal - Having almost enough to retire, Templar goes after two diamond smugglers but things go terribly wrong. Taking him back to his hotel room to investigate, Templar is stunned to soon find the man stabbed to death and Templar wanted for the crime.
Now the Saint is being hunted by that man's killer. Louis - An American small-time crime boss wants to set up his own racket in London but the Saint thinks otherwise. Teal Written by Leslie Charteris Copyright: Collection of 3 novellas: 1 The Simon Templar Foundation - Coming into possession of the black book of an old adversary, Simon Templar decides to blackmail the bad guys listed in it to fund a foundation aiding war victims. Templar cannot resist checking it out.
The Saint rescues her and get involved in a case of modern pirates and sunken treasure. As Simon Templar and Patricia Holm listen to it, they are interrupted by a nearby fire of a house belonging to a war arms dealer. When he arrives, he finds her dead. The Saint decides to rob him for fun but pick the wrong house. The Saint says otherwise.
The Saint thinks he should investigate. The Saint wants to correct that. When she and Simon Templar show up, the woman and her husband are missing. The Saint believes there is a connection to the body of a sailor he finds. It is not long before he is up against a Nazi spy ring. Simon Templar wants to stop them. Now that rich man is getting death threats and appeals to the Saint.
As he is now working behind the scenes for the war effort, the Saint agrees to help stop the Nazis from getting the girl or her father's synthetic rubber invention. Simon Templar works with US Intelligence to get it back. He is now set to fight a man the Saint knows. Her plays are paid for by her husband, a very bad protection racketeer. Christopher medal he was wearing. She is then kidnapped. At first they thought an accident but soon learn a gangster is out to kill her. When Templar joins in the group doing the hiring, the captain is even more furious.
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