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Classic TV Revisited: The Saint

The Saint Roger Moore

Roger Moore played the smooth-talking action adventurer Simon Templar in cult 1960s show The Saint. He travels the world fighting crime, stealing from rich criminals and proves irresistible to beautiful women – all the while being chased by his main adversary, Chief Inspector Claude Eustace Teal. Is Templar’s unfailing charm and wit enough to keep him one step ahead of the persistent detective?

Memorable moments
Look out for a guest appearance by Honor Blackman in the episode The Arrow of God. The actress, of course, went on to appear as one of the most famous Bond girls, Pussy Galore, in 1964’s Goldfinger. She starred opposite Moore’s 007 predecessor Sean Connery. Each episode features a stunning actress and the roll call of glamour includes Francesca Annis, Jane Asher, Julie Christie, Nanette Newman and Nyree Dawn Porter.

Trivia
Roger Moore turned down the offer to play James Bond twice, due to his filming commitments on The Saint. He finally made his Bond debut in 1973’s Live and Let Die. Moore also directed several episodes of the later series of The Saint.

Val Kilmer played Simon Templar in the 1997 Hollywood movie version of The Saint, with Roger Moore making a brief appearance in the film – speaking on a car radio.

Ian Ogilvy, who bore a striking resemblance to Moore, took over the role of Templar when the series was revived in 1978, called Return of the Saint.

Did you know?
The character first appeared in print in 1928 and became a hit in comics, the radio and then film. George Sanders played him on the big screen. Charteris tried to make his own TV series with movie superstar David Niven in the role.

First broadcast: 1962
Creator: Leslie Charteris
Starring: Roger Moore