Monday, 6 April 2015
131 The Saint
First watched : Uncertain
I probably first saw this on a Sunday afternoon in 1973 but can't be certain.
This of course was the series that made Roger Moore a superstar and where he perfected the quizzical raised eyebrow expression beloved of satirists everywhere. The modestly talented actor explained it by saying that his character Simon Templar had no depth whatsoever and consequently he never knew how he was to play the scene.
Besides Roger the series's main ace, once in colour, was the exotic location work, expensive but it paid off in international sales. My first impressions of Europe, as a world of sun, yachts and casinos , came from this and jig-saw pictures.
The common misconception is that the series came to an end when Moore accepted the part of Bond but in fact he'd turned it down twice in the sixties in favour of continuing as Templar. The series actually ran its course until 1969 when Moore and ITC decided to develop an idea from one of the final episodes as a new show The Persauaders.
We'll discuss its successor series in a separate post.