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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Ian Dickerson of www.lesliecharteris.com reports that for reasons beyond control the UK release of the book reprints has been a little delayed. Here is the revised schedule from Mulholland, which includes information on the new introductions for each title.

19 DECEMBER 2013               

30 JANUARY 2013  

27 FEBRUARY 2014         

  • The Saint Around the WorldISBN: 9781444766462  paperback / 9781444766479 e-book
    • Introduction by Adam Rayner
  • Thanks to the SaintISBN: 9781444766493 paperback / 9781444766486 e-book
    • Introduction by Stephen Leather
  • Señor SaintISBN: 9781444766509 paperback / 9781444766516 e-book
    • Introduction by John Rogers
  • The Saint to the RescueISBN: 9781444766523 paperback / 9781444766530 e-book
    • Introduction by Gillian Horvath
  • Trust the SaintISBN: 9781444766547 paperback / 9781444766554 e-book
    • Introduction by Martin Gately
  • The Saint in the SunISBN: 9781444766561 paperback / 9781444766578 e-book
    • Introduction by Mick Davis

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Saint is Back in Print

After many, many years, a very large publishing of The Saint series has been started up by Mulholland in the U.K, an imprint of long-time Charteris publisher, Hodder & Stoughton. This is a really big deal, as a large publishing run of The Saint hasn't happened since the 1980s.

Mulholland will be publishing 35 of the Saint books by Leslie Charteris over the course of a year. As a Hodder imprint, Mulholland will start with the second book in the series, The Saint Closes The Case.  They will skip the first title, The Saint Meets The Tiger, as that is a book in which Hodder has never had the publishing rights. The printing series will end with The Saint in the Sun, which is really the last of the true Charteris-only stories. These 35 encompass the classic Saint Saga, in the truest sense, and skip the last few titles that were co-authored with help from people besides Leslie Charteris himself. Of course, the last few are also the hardest ones to find, as they have been published much less than the heart of the collection. Let's hope that they sell enough of these to publish the remaining titles for a really complete run of the Saint in full!

Publishing started earlier this year, and plans to date are to be finished in February of 2014. The titles are being published in both print and ebook formats with new introductions and extra content for each edition. The Publishing Schedule looks like this:

28 FEBRUARY 2013 

25 APRIL 2013            

20 JUNE 2013 

29 AUGUST 2013                

19 DECEMBER 2013 (was 24 OCTOBER 2013)               

30 JANUARY 2014 (was 19 DECEMBER 2013)  

27 FEBRUARY 2014         

  • The Saint Around the WorldISBN: 9781444766462  paperback / 9781444766479 e-book
  • Thanks to the SaintISBN: 9781444766493 paperback / 9781444766486 e-book
  • Señor SaintISBN: 9781444766509 paperback / 9781444766516 e-book
  • The Saint to the RescueISBN: 9781444766523 paperback / 9781444766530 e-book
  • Trust the SaintISBN: 9781444766547 paperback / 9781444766554 e-book
  • The Saint in the SunISBN: 9781444766561 paperback / 9781444766578 e-book

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Monday, April 01, 2013

First Look at the new Saint: Promo Trailer

Deadline Hollywood has posted the exclusive first footage of Adam Rayner as Simon Templar, alias The Saint!

Adam Rayner and Eliza Dushku look absolutely fantastic in the trailer promo for the new TV series that is based on Leslie Charteris’ Saint franchise.

The backdoor pilot was directed by Simon West from a script by Jesse Alexander. Brad Krevoy’s film and TV production company MPCA is behind the project, which will be screened at MIPTV next week, with MPCA’s Francisco Gonzalez handling international sales.

Deadline reports that there is interest in the series from U.S. networks.

Now watch the trailer here, and see if you can spot all the amazing co-stars such as James Remar, Enrique Murciano, Thomas Kretschmann, Greg Grunberg, Sir Roger Moore, and Ian Ogilvy!


Watch The Saint Promo again on YouTube.

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Roger Moore joins growing Cast of #TheSaint

The news that Roger Moore is not only co-producing the new 2013 incarnation of The Saint, but that he will also be playing a role on-screen made headlines this week.  Many fans are extremely pleased to hear that the most famous Simon Templar of all, Roger Moore himself, will be guiding Adam Rayner's character both on and off the show!
Roger Moore as The Saint with Volvo 1800S


The known cast and crew list is growing as details emerge from the first week of shooting.  The filming went really great this week, and the show is now taking a short break for the holidays, and will resume the shoot in San Diego just after the New Year.    

If you take a close look at the list, you'll notice Thomas Kretschmann is slated to play the role of Rayt Marius. This name should be quite familiar to fans of Leslie Charteris' books, as Rayt Marius appears in the 1930 novel, The Last Hero, and again in the following book, Knight Templar.  He's also mentioned in 1932's, Getaway, and his final appearance in print was in The Misfortunes of Mr. Teal, in the novella, "The Simon Templar Foundation", 1934.  This is really great news, as it means that the Producers are doing their homework and reading the books, something that is sure to pay off in making this new show more Saintly! 

The Cast 
  • Adam Rayner, Simon Templar alias The Saint
  • Eliza Dushku, Patricia Holm
  • Enrique Murciano, Inspector John Henry Fernack
  • Greg Grunberg, Detective Garces
  • Sir Roger Moore, Jasper, The Banker
  • Ian Ogilvy, The Fixer
  • Thomas Kretschmann, Rayt Marius
  • Oliver Bell, Young Simon Templar
  • Kirsty Mitchell, Simon’s Mother
  • Yani Gellman, Doyle Cosentino
  • James Remar, Arnie Valecross
  • Beatrice Rosen, Katherine Valecross
  • Sammi Hanratty, Zooey Valecross
  • Michael Ornstein, Kal Barko 
  • Sonalii Castillo, Sonali Alves 
  • Jason Brooks, Captain Miller 

Adam Rayner and Enrique Murciano in The Saint
The Crew
  • Jesse Alexander, Executive Producer & Screenwriter
  • Simon West, Director
  • Brad Krevoy, Executive Producer, MPCA Production Company
  • Roman Viaris, Executive Producer
  • James Townsend, Executive Producer
  • Roger Moore, co-Producer
  • Geoffrey Moore, co-Producer
  • Lulu Moore, co-Producer
  • Louisa Macdonald, co-Producer
  • Jim Martin, co-Producer 
  • Alexandre Coscas, co-Producer
  • 1st Assistant Director, Nick Satriano
  • 2nd Assistant Director, Jayson Merrill
  • 2nd Assistant Director, Doug Plasse
  • Eric Jarboe, Producer
  • Lina Wong, Producer
  • Kyle Clark, Producer
  • Paul Sommers, Director of Photography
  • Kurt Jones, A Camera 
  • Eric Leach, B Camera
  • Sound Mixer, Glenn Berkovitz
  • Uly Domaion, Focus Puller
  • Jason Salonen, Gaffer
  • Jack L. Zeman, Still Photographer
  • Josh Hakian, Special Effects Coordinator
  • Ian Dickerson, Creative Consultant  
  • Bill MacDonald, Creative Consultant
  • Josh Hakian, Stunts and Special Effects
  • Fred Fuchs, Production
  • Emanuel Millar, Make-up and Hair
  • Mick Davis, Writer
  • Larry Zanoff, Armourer
  • Mandy Sherman, Casting Director, Sherman/Knight
  • Sari Knight, Casting Director, Sherman/Knight
  • Morgan Redfield Smith, Casting Assistant
  • Michael MacDermott, Product Placement
  • Francisco J. González, International Sales
  • Silverscreen Pictures
And, while Burl Barer is not part of the cast and crew, he is continuing the novelizations of The Saint under license of the Leslie Charteris estate, and it is hoped that he will be involved if any TV Tie-in editions become available.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Week One on Set of #TheSaint

The 2013 version of The Saint kicked off principal shooting this week, starting off in Pacific Palisades, California on Monday morning.  This photo is from day one, and is the first one we have of Adam Rayner as Simon Templar, alias The Saint, standing next to Eliza Dushku, who is playing The Saint's partner-in-crime, Patricia Holm. 

Eliza Dushku and Adam Rayner on the set of The Saint, day 1


Ian Ogilvy Joins Adam Rayner on The Saint

One of the really great things about this show is that the Producers are including a great deal of the history of The Saint.  And to that end, on day two of the shoot, Ian Ogilvy, of 1970s TV show, The Return of The Saint, showed up on set for his role in the new show.   Ian reportedly had a great time on set, and there is a possibility that his "wink cameo" (as he calls it) will turn into a semi-regular part.  
Two Saints: Adam Rayner meets Ian Ogilvy on Day 2


And The Cast Grows

As filming gets underway this week, other cast members are being announced or otherwise making their connection to The Saint known!  Here's is the lastest list we have so far, and more is obviously on the way!

Oliver Bell as the young Simon Templar 

We'd love to know a lot more about Oliver Bell, and it appears he's only been in The Sparticle Mystery thus far. Perhaps The Saint will take him up up and away.

Oliver is represented by Caz Irwin and LSI Talent Management, who tweeted that their fab client Oliver Bell will be playing the young Simon Templar in The Saint alongside Sir Roger Moore!

Enrique Murciano as Inspector John Henry Fernack 

The role of The Saint's American foil, Inspector John Henry Fernack, is an important one and well documented in the writings of Leslie Charteris. The character was based on an Italian-born detective of the New York Police Department that Charteris met in the 1930s. Enrique Murciano is reportedly brilliant in the role, and has a long career going all the way back to Speed 2, Traffic, Black Hawk Down, and a number of TV show appearances.

The photo of the left was taken on day 1 as filming of his on-going pursuit of Simon Templar continued in this 2013 version of The Saint.

Greg Grunberg as Detective Garces 

Formally of the TV shows, Heroes, Felicity, and Alias, Greg will be playing Inspector Fernack's right hand man in their attempts to catch Adam Rayner and Eliza Dushku.

Most recently Grunberg has been a guest star of Hawaii Five-O, Psych, and Baby Daddy.

We are excited to see all the great talent that is being cast, and look forward to the show!

Yani Gellman as Doyle

Yani hit our radar on Day 3, when one of the co-Producers posted an Instagram of the mysterious "Doyle on The Set".  It turned out to be Yani Gellman, who is reportedly playing a really great role in the pilot.

 Gellman first appeared in Goosebumps back in 1998, and has since been in nine movies and 16 television shows, including 90210, The Mentalist, and Beauty and the Beast.

Follow The Saint @ #TheSaint

 The growing use of the hashtag #TheSaint is a really great way to find out the latest news, as it happens. Many of the actors and cast are using Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Facebook to post their personal updates on an hour-by-hour basis.  

Keep using #TheSaint and re-tweet using that tag if you see something that you think the fans of The Saint would be interested in!

And, you can also follow @TheSaintClub as we try to keep up and retweet all the news and rumors about The Saint.
Watch for the sign of #TheSaint as he will return in 2013!  

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Adam Rayner is The Saint on TV in 2013

Last Friday, the news broke on the latest television incarnation of Leslie Charteris' famous sleuth, Simon Templar, alias The Saint. There have been many rumors about a new show since the 1997 Val Kilmer movie, with such stars as  James Purefoy and Dougray Scott attached to them. After years of perseverance, it appears that the efforts have finally paid off and a new TV show of The Saint will start filming in January 2013.

Therefore with much fanfare and trumpeting, it's time to meet the new Saint!


Adam Rayner as Simon Templar, alias The Saint

Adam is English, just as most people expect Simon Templar to be.  The Saint has always been English at the heart, with a well-travelled cosmopolitan history that blends him into a true man of the world.

Adam Rayner most recently starred as the lead role in the TV series, Hunted, and is also known for his work on Doctor Who, Making Waves, and Hawthorne.

He has a wealth of TV shows and movies to watch, as Leslie Charteris first authored the Saint in 1928, and it has been in constant rotation ever since.





Eliza Dushku as Patricia Holm

Playing Simon Templar's on-again-off-again love interest and partner in crime, Dushku's role of Patricia Holm will hopefully recapture some of the years of history between the two.

The show Burn Notice seems to have borrowed heavily from this classic interaction, and it works!

Eliza Patricia Dushku is probably most famous for her appearances on the TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and she did play the role of the teenage daughter in the classic spy thriller, True Lies.





Production Team:

  • Roger Moore, co-Producer, the original Simon Templar of the 1960s
  • Geoffrey Moore, co-Producer
  • Lulu Moore, co-Producer
  • Louisa Macdonald, co-Producer
  • Simon West, Director
  • Jesse Alexander, Screenwriter & Executive Producer, best known for his work on Lost
  • Brad Krevoy, Executive Producer, MPCA Production Company
  • Roman Viaris, Executive Producer
  • Fred Fuchs, Production
  • Silverscreen Pictures
  • Mandy Sherman, Casting, Sherman/Knight
  • Sari Knight, Casting, Sherman/Knight
  • Michael MacDermott, Product Placement
  • Francisco J. González, International Sales
  • Ian Dickerson, Creative Consultant

No network are attached to this project as of yet. The plan is to shoot the pilot and shop it around.

Production is slated to kick-off this Friday, December 14 in Los Angeles, London and Toronto. Filming to be scheduled in 2013 in Los Angeles and San Diego, with other locations to follow as the series progresses.


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Friday, May 25, 2012

The Saint RKO Films on DVD

We're playing a little bit of catch up here, as all of the RKO films of The Saint from the 1930s 1940s have been out on DVD for a few months now.   This is great news for fans of The Saint, as they can now watch Leslie Charteris' creation of Simon Templar be played by George Sanders, Hugh Sinclair, and Louis Hayward in DVD digital quality. And, these have been released in both Region 1 and Region 2 formats.  It's time to catch up on these great old films from RKO, and watch the first movies of The Saint all over again for the first time!

American/ Region 1 DVDs:

The George Sanders Saint Movies Collection (The Saint Strikes Back / The Saint in London / The Saint's Double Trouble / The Saint Takes Over / The Saint in Palm Springs)

The Saint's Vacation / The Saint Meets the Tiger: The Saint Double Feature

British / Region 2 DVDs:

The Falcon

Additionally, and just for added interest.  You could also pick up a copy of The Falcon collection.  When George Sanders left The Saint, RKO made a series of him as The Falcon. These are done in such a similar style, with the same crew, same writers, same casting, same studio, and same promotion, that Leslie Charteris sued them over it. In fact, if you re-read The Saint Steps In, you'll find Charteris having some fun at The Falcon's expense. To us, it's just more Saint films for us to enjoy, albeit under a slightly different name.

The Falcon Mystery Movie Collection: Volume One (The Gay Falcon / A Date with the Falcon / The Falcon Takes Over / The Falcon's Brother / The Falcon Strikes Back / The Falcon in Danger / The Falcon and the Co-Eds)


British DVD Editions of The Falcon -- Odeon has released a large collection of the Falcon in Region 2:

MIA - Missing in Action

The Saint in New York -- There are two films which are MIA... both starring Louis Hayward. In America, you can't find the first Saint film, The Saint in New York, on DVD yet. It is only available in the British series.

The Saint's Girl Friday -- The other missing film is the very last one, from the 1950s. It was released in England in 1953 under the name, The Saint's Return, and distributed by RKO in the USA during 1954 as The Saint's Girl Friday. Neither version is available on DVD at this time.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Moonstone Graphic Novel of The Saint Coming July 2012

As first reported in our 2010 Moonstone Saint announcement, we have been waiting a long time for the latest version of The Saint in comic book form. The wait is almost over! The first issue of the upcoming graphic novel, The Saint, will be published by Moonstone books in July 2012. The story is written by Leslie Charteris and Mel Odom, with original illustrated artwork by Eduardo Barreto.

The comic format will be 16 color pages, and will be priced at $1.99 There will be two different covers, with 80% being the standard, and the other 20% a unique purple cover with a smoke trail of the Saint's stickman logo.


The first new SAINT comic book in America in over 60 years!
Soon to be a major television show!

The Robin Hood of modern crime returns!

He robs from the evil and heartless rich, and gives to the wronged and deserving poor–in the process, keeping a percentage for his own expenses. He doesn’t work for the law, the government, or anyone else. He is a lone wolf…an adventurer, a detective, a rogue, but always…a gentleman!

In “The Sizzling Saboteur” – The Saint travels to Texas in pursuit of a man who has been sabotaging weapons factories, but when his quarry turns up burned to crisp, he has to contend with both the local police, a trio of mysterious men behind the sabotage, and a beautiful Russian.

The adventures of Simon templar have been documented in The Saint books by Leslie Charteris,The Saint movies and filmsold-time radio shows, comic strips, and The Saint and The Return of The Saint television series.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Variety reports on new RKO Saint Films in the works

Variety has a report on RKO enlisting a new writer for new 'Saint' which is exciting news. As Ian Dickerson pointed out a while back, "RKO have the rights to remake their films as long as they don't change the dialogue or the length of the pictures. They must be remade as films for the cinema, they do not have any TV rights. So if they remake The Saint Meets the Tiger it'll be 79 min long, Saint in New York 69 mins. Hardly feature film length nowadays."

The long-awaited TV Series is still in the works, and has had multiple false-starts and fresh-starts! The latest fresh-start should be more newsworthy in the very near future. In the meantime, let's read about the RKO remakes!
RKO enlists scribe for new 'Saint'
Travis Wright to pen update of durable franchise
By Dave McNary

RKO Pictures is reviving Simon Templar and "The Saint," signing Travis Wright ("Eagle Eye") to pen a script based on the debonair hero.

The Saint, a sort of modern-day Robin Hood, was created by Leslie Charteris and first appeared in the 1928 book "Enter the Tiger." Known as the Saint because of his initials, Templar's targets included lowlifes and corrupt politicians; he often left a calling card at his "crimes," a stick figure of a man with a halo -- which served as the logo of the Charteris books, movies, and the 1960s TV series starring Roger Moore.

Movies featuring the Saint began in 1938 with "The Saint in New York," then "The Saint Strikes Back" and several others. Ian Ogilvy starred in the 1978-79 series "Return of the Saint" and Val Kilmer starred in Paramount's 1997 version.

RKO, with a legacy dating back to "Citizen Kane" and "King Kong," is expected to distribute drama "A Late Quartet," starrring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Christopher Walken. Wright and former partner John Glenn wrote drafts for remakes of "Clash of the Titans" at Warner Bros., "Journey to the Center of the Earth" at Fox and "The Warriors" at Paramount. Wright is repped by Benderspink.
The Tainted Archive has a follow-up on the upcoming tale of two Saints, which they call, Will it be the battle of the Saints? Not Spy vs. Spy, but Saint vs. Saint!

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Monday, April 25, 2011

James Purefoy as Simon Templar alias The Saint

As first reported here in December of 2007, James Purefoy is finally at last all set to play the new Simon Templar in the forthcoming TV series of The Saint. We may have jumped the gun a bit back in 2007, but we weren't wrong -- just early!

James Purefoy has written an introduction to Ian Dickerson's The Saint on TV, in which he talks about his forthcoming role as Simon Templar. Shooting is reported to be slated to start in July 2011 in New Orleans.

The newest version of The Saint is being produced by Cajun Pictures who've acquired a pilot script written by William J. MacDonald and Burl Barer.

James Purefoy, who will play the new Saint, was screen tested for the role of James Bond in 1995 for Goldeneye, and throughout 2004 and 2005 Purefoy's name was rumoured as a possible candidate to replace Brosnan as agent 007 in future James Bond films. These rumors surfaced again before the 2006 film, Casino Royale.

In December 2007, James Purefoy was first rumored to have been cast in the role of Simon Templar alias The Saint, and that was put on-hold due to production issues and his role in The Philanthropist. In 2011, it appears that Purefoy is coming back to the role of The Saint!

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Friday, April 08, 2011

Roger Moore to be in New Orleans for the filming of The Saint TV Show

Roger Moore's official website has this very interesting tidbit on his Q and A page for March 2011:
I am told The Saint will film in July in New Orleans. I’m booked there from mid-July. More news as I get it.
That's about as much as we've heard in quite a while -- the new producers of the forthcoming TV show of The Saint have been extremely quiet, and while we've heard some un-verified rumors about the stars, locations, and scripts; this quote from Sir Roger himself is about as official as it gets for now! More news as we get it.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Roy Henry Bowyer-Yin (1910-2010)


Leslie Charteris' brother Roy Henry (Bowyer) Yin, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday on October 7th, passed away at the age of 100 in Singapore this past Tuesday, December 14th.

Both Leslie and Roy were born in Singapore, with elder brother Leslie appearing in 1907 with Roy following in 1910. Roy went to King's College as an Maths undergraduate in 1929, then switched to History and graduated in 1932. Roy developed a passion for the music of the church, and formed lifelong friendships with the Dean of Chapel, Eric Milner-White and the distinguished choirmaster, Director of Music Boris Ord.

in 1934, at the early age of 23, Rev. Yin became the Chaplain (Deacon) at King's College where he served until 1937, and then went on to Hurstpierpoint College in Sussex, where he was Chaplain from 1937 to 1945. In 1946 he became Chaplain and Master of the Choir at St Thomas' College in Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka, where he stayed until 1962.

He was a vicar at St Hilda's Church in Katong, and finally capped-off his illustrious career as a resident priest at St Andrew's Cathedral -- where his services were always popular with parishioners.

Roy Henry Bowyer-Yin was well-loved, and active in the church until his 90s. He died of old age on Tuesday at his home on the East Coast of Singapore at the age of 100.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Saint in New Orleans

Noted author of the continuing novels of The Saint, Burl Barer, reports:
It's been non-stop SAINT the past few weeks as we work on the screenplay for the new two hour TV-Movie THE SAINT IN NEW ORLEANS. We keep revising, re-writing, answering network notes, etc. It keeps getting better, and there ARE some very funny lines and some hot-hot action! I thought we had nailed it good with the most recent version, and now we only have a couple very minor notes to address, which we will do tomorrow. So, if all goes well, the world will once again experience the joy, humor, and melodrama of Leslie Charteris' famous hero, THE SAINT.

What was I working on when I paused to write THE SAINT IN NEW ORLEANS? I was working on THE RETURN OF THE SAINT -- a new full length novel set in UK, Malibu, Central America, and (briefly) Finland! Mostly it is in the UK where Inspector Teal has been dragged out of retirement, and finds himself once again dealing with our endearingly dangerous desperado, Simon Templar. Hopefully you will see the new TV show, and the new novel in 2011.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Happy 83rd Birthday to Sir Roger Moore Today!

Sir Roger celebrates his 83rd birthday today, October 14th. If you would like to leave your congratulations, you can visit Roger Moore's personal site

By the way, yes Roger Moore is on Twitter. Follow him today and send him birthday greetings there too!

Roger Moore played The Saint on TV, and his son Geoffrey is working to bring the Saint back to TV in 2011!

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Monday, October 11, 2010

DVR Alert: The Saint Films Marathon on TCM This Tuesday

Double 0 Section reports that there will be a marathon film festival of The Saint films showing on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) this week!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 12, TCM will air a marathon of the original black and white Saint movies, titles which remain stubbornly unavailable on DVD in the United States.

The line-up, from TCM's website, is as follows:

10:00 AM The Saint In New York (1938)
11:15 AM The Saint Strikes Back (1939)
12:30 PM The Saint In London (1939)
1:45 PM The Saint's Double Trouble (1940)
3:00 PM The Saint Takes Over (1940)
4:15 PM The Saint In Palm Springs (1941)
5:30 PM The Saint's Vacation (1941)
6:45 PM The Saint Meets the Tiger (1943)

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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Roy Ward Baker (1916-2010)

Sad to hear the news today that Roy Ward Baker has passed away a few days ago. Baker is most famous for directing A Night To Remember (1958) for which he won a Golden Globe award, which was then re-done as the Academy Award winning film Titanic.

Saint fans will remember him for directing many episodes of The Saint with Roger Moore, and The Return of The Saint with Ian Ogilvy.

He also directed a large number of lavish low-budget British horror films in the 1960s that have a cult following.

Roy Ward Baker was born in London in 1916, and passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2010.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tony Curtis (1925-2010)

We're sad to hear that famed actor, Tony Curtis, passed away yesterday. According to reports, Curtis died at his Las Vegas home on September 29, 2010, of an apparent cardiac arrest.

Tony Curtis co-starred with Roger Moore in the TV series The Persuaders! which was based on The Saint episode titled "The Ex-King of Diamonds". The interesting dynamic between the suave Englishman Simon Templar played by Roger Moore and a crass Texas oilman (played by Stuart Damon) was a great combination that Robert S. Baker and Lew Grade extended to a new series starring Tony Curtis in the role of the texan, while keeping Roger Moore as The Saint series came to an end. The Persuaders also featured a number of other parties to The Saint, including many supporting cast members, many of the same writers, and the same director.

Tony was a good friend of Roger Moore's, and was on-hand via conference call when Roger received a blue plaque at Elstree Studios in October 2006.

"He was a fine actor ... I shall miss him," said British actor Roger Moore, who starred alongside Curtis in TV's "The Persuaders."

"He was great fun to work with, a great sense of humour and wonderful ad libs," Moore told Sky News. "We had the best of times."

Roger has also posted the following on his website, "Hearing the news about Tony deeply saddened me today. He was a great friend and a great co-star, and I will forever remember the laughs and fun we shared on The Persuaders and the friendship which endured ever after. His legacy is huge as was his star. I will miss my friend. My thoughts are with Jill and his children at this sad, sad time and I send them much love."

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Moonstone Comics and The Saint

Moonstone Comics is hard at work on comic books or graphic novels of The Saint's adventures. The early sketches of the Saint are very reminiscent of Gregory Peck, who Leslie Charteris mentioned as a perfect actor to play the role of Simon Templar.

Moonstone is known for publishing fine and distinct comic books, graphic novels, and prose... books that are meant to be read -- featuring both new and classic heroes in thrilling tales of adventure, mystery, and horror from the dark Side to the light...
The Saint is an adventurer, but a gentleman above all else. He reads the paper, eager to find a cause exciting to involve himself in. His moral code is strong, and is motives are also good: he would never hurt, steal from, or kill anyone who doesn't completely deserve it. The Saint is the Robin Hood of modern crime: he robs from the evil and heartless rich, and gives to the wronged and deserving poor--in the process, keeping a percentage for his own expenses. He doesn't work for the law, the government, or anyone else. He is a lone wolf, but he doesn't hesitate to team up or collaborate with anyone, including official agencies, when the need arises. He is also a romantic who believes in the excitement of living.

Very little is known about Simon Templar's background, or how he became the Saint. If his origin and circumstances of his youth seem to be shrouded in mystery, it is because he chooses not to reveal it. He has a great sense of humor as well as a great zest for life. He is well-to-do, well dressed, drives fast cars, goes to the best places with the most attractive girls, all without any visible means of support.

The police, particularly Chief Inspector Claud Eustace Teal, have their own ideas about the sources of his apparent wealth and for years have been unsuccessfully trying to prove it.
But behind the Saint's sophisticated facade there is a very different man.
Had he lived in the Middle Ages you would see him as a knight in shining amour--a Sir Lancelot, a Robin Hood, a Don Juan, or in the great western tradition, a one man vigilante.
His enemy is not so much crime, but injustice. His impetus, the plight of the innocent soul in need of a patron Saint.

In achieving his objectives he can be cold, hard and always independent. Behind the casual banter there is always the aura of a coiled spring. Hating violence, he will not only turn the other cheek he will turn it so fast that all you are going to hit is the wall you thought he was up against.

Simon Templar faces doom with a cavalier disdain. Yet this is not to say he isn't in constant jeopardy. For if he moves in dangerous places and is himself, the most dangerous of men, he is nonetheless only a man. Mortal.
The adventures of Simon templar have been documented in The Saint books by Leslie Charteris, The Saint movies and films, old-time radio shows, comic strips, and The Saint and The Return of The Saint television series.

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Paul Rhys BBC Radio Show of The Saint on audio CD

On May 6, 2010, BBC Audiobooks released a CD containing two episodes of The Saint in the UK, and in August they made them available in the USA as well. These are two of the three radio shows that were made in the 1990s and star Paul Rhys as Simon Templar. The episodes included are Saint Overboard and The Saint Plays With Fire. No word yet as to why The Saint Closes the Case has not been included.

This is a two-CD set, with a running time of 2 hours for the two BBC Radio 4 dramatizations of The Saint from 1995.

Neville Teller writes:
Back in 1995 I put up to the BBC the idea of dramatising some of the Saint novels. We agreed on three titles, but the commissioning editor suggested that I dramatise two of them (“Saint Overboard” and “The Saint Plays With Fire”) while the third be given to Roger Danes to dramatise (“The Saint Closes the Case”). The director of all three was to be Matthew Walters, and he cast Paul Rhys as Simon Templar. The three 60-minute plays went on air at the end of August and the beginning of September 1995, and got pretty extensive, and complimentary, coverage on Radio Times and by the national radio critics. Even so, and despite intensive efforts, I have found it impossible to persuade the powers-that-be at the Beeb to accept any further Saint material. The good news is that BBC Radio 7 accepted the three plays onto their schedules quite early on, and listeners have had several chances over the years to hear them again. Now, with my two dramatisations issued by BBC Worldwide as part of their Radio Collection, those two at least are now freely available for people to enjoy.
Paul Rhys stars as The Saint in these two full-cast dramatizations, co-starring Patsy Kensit as Loretta, and Fiona Fullerton as Valerie. The series was dramatized by Neville Teller and Roger Danes. These two thrilling radio dramas of The Saint are full of the charm and verve of the original stories.

The Saint BBC Radio set is available from both Amazon USA and Amazon UK

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Capture The Saint climbing the Kindle Charts on Amazon UK

Capture The Saint by Burl Barer is quickly climbing the UK Kindle charts. Burl reports on Twitter that it is currently #26 on the Amazon UK charts for British Detective mystery books on the Kindle! Move him up!

An excerpt from Capture The Saint is available on www.saint.org, and it begins:
Why are you still alive, Mr. Templar"

Simon Templar, alias the Saint, was only momentarily taken aback by the one unreherarsed question posed by perky television talk-show host Connie Cain during the live afternoon broadcast of Seattle, Washington's most popular local program.

"Mythological characters such as myself seldom age at the going rate," responded the Saint cheerfully. "And if survival is the topic," offered Simon, "I have been shot at, shackled, handcuffed, gassed, and interviewed by trained broadcast journalists -- the relative degree of danger inherent in each being open to debate."

The small studio audience laughed warmly and applauded with approval as the mildly bemused and professionally coiffed hostess signaled for a commercial break.

"You are very good at this, Mr. Templar. Do you do a lot of television?" Her question seemed curiously genuine in contrast to the alternately sanguin and sacharine couching of her on-air delivery.

"I find precious little on television worth watching," stated Simon with disarming honesty. "But this is more fun than being either shackled or gassed, although I was once grilled for information under lights almost as intense as these."

"Did you talk?"

You can read more on your Kindle by buying Burl Barer's Capture The Saint, UK Kindle edition from Amazon UK, or if you're in the United States, you can have Capture The Saint for $2.99 for the US version of the Amazon Kindle.

If you don't already own an Amazon Kindle, they just announced a newly lower-price model:


You can also read Kindle books on your PC for free, by installing the free Amazon Kindle for your PC software.

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