The Saint News: December 2006

The Saint's Blog devoted to news and rumors about The Saint and Leslie Charteris. Simon Templar, alias The Saint, was played by Roger Moore in the 1960's TV show featuring the Volvo 1800.

Please e-mail any current news and rumors about The Saint to:  'saint' at this domain (saint.org)

Friday, December 22, 2006

The Saint in London

A nice collection of Saints were in London recently, where on December 7th, 2006, we had Robert S. Baker, Ian Ogilvy, Malcolm J. Christopher, Dan Bodenheimer, Ian Dickerson, and John Goldsmith all in the same DVD recording studio. The team at Network DVD is putting the final touches on the upcoming Return of The Saint DVD box set, and it is looking like a true winner with a number of great extras to look forward to watching.

Of course, during my stay I had to make a quick detour to the Sherlock Holmes museum on Baker Street. Not only is Sherlock Holmes great reading in his own right, Leslie Charteris actually co-authored a number of the Sherlock Holmes radio shows in 1944 and 1945 under the name Bruce Taylor, writing with Denis Green.

Watch for the sign of the Saint. He will return!

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Saint's Bulgari Watch on eBay

Val Kilmer wore a stainless steel Bulgari Chronograph watch in The Saint movie that was released by Paramount in 1997. For the occassion, Bulgari created 100 limited edition versions of their Chronograph for the movie. One of those watches is now available on eBay for a Buy It Now price of $4799.00

In the movie the watch plays a crucial role, as Simon Templar trades a Bvlgari Platinum Rattrapante Chronograph for his life at one point. There are some other product placements in the movie: Volvo and Nokia to name a couple.

Bvlgari "THE SAINT" Special Edition Chronograph, details:
  • 36mm stainless steel case
  • Quartz (battery operated) movement with date indication and chronograph ability
  • Gorgeous black dial with silver sub dials
  • Full size all stainless Bvlagri "hinged" bracelet with hidden folding deployment buckle
  • This model is not available and may never be seen again as there are so few of them around
  • Very rare and collectable
  • Released in only 100 individually numbered pieces - this is number 49/100
Here are some search links for the current item and to search for similar items in the future:

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Fire, Ice, and Dynamite

For those of you wondering what kind of an actor Roger Moore's son Geoffrey will be, see if you can get your hands on a copy of Fire, Ice, and Dynamite. This movie starred both Roger Moore and Geoffrey Moore. I haven't actually viewed the film myself, and I'm looking to hear from the Saint fans out there about what they think about the chances that Geoffrey might take on the role of The Saint in 2007.

Buy on VHS from Amazon USA

Buy on DVD from Amazon UK

Search for Fire, Ice, and Dynamite on eBay

Jason MacIsaac has written an extensive review and plot synopsis that truly defies explanation. It's part of his site dedicated to Jabootu, the muse of bad movie creativity. There are a great number of screenshots and a complete description and review of Fire, Ice, and Dynamite.

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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Rent The Saint's Volvo 1800

Star Car Hire has an entire fleet of famous replica TV & Movie vehicles based throughout the UK & Ireland that are guaranteed to put you or your company in the spotlight.

The Saint television show, starring Roger Moore and his Saintly white Volvo P1800, was a big hit in the 1960s. Now you can hire this stunning replica in the UK and relive those 60s memories. The car is located in South East England, and please call 0845 017 5017 for a quote or visit their About Us page for more information.

If you own a Star Car and would like to get listed on starcarhire.co.uk please email them at

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Saint at Odescalchi Castle

Last month Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes exchanged wedding vows at the 15th-century Odescalchi castle in the lakeside Italian town of Racciano. According to Malcolm Christopher, this same castle was used in the 1970s as a location for The Return of the Saint episode, "The Village That Sold Its Soul" starring Ian Ogilvy.

Malcolm J. Christopher
was the Locations Manager on The Return of The Saint, and look for some great commentary from him on the forthcoming DVD set coming to the UK in 2007.

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The Saint Quiz

Try The Saint Quiz at Fun Triva's website.

I scored 10/10 with 100 total points. Sadly, the average score for this quiz is only 6/10. The hardest question, with only a 26% correct rate is "What was the title of the first "Saint" book?"

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Dan's Want List

I have been collecting The Saint books by Leslie Charteris for more than 20 years now and amazingly enough there are still missing items from my collection! Please take a look at my want list and let me know if you have a source for any of the items listed there. I am especially eager to get the last remaining Severn House edition with Ian Ogilvy on the cover. Thank you and please e-mail me at "saint" as this domain (@saint.org).

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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Revell Diecast Volvo 1800S

James Wilson of The Roger Moore Years reports:

The best bit of news for me this year and for many other Saint Volvo fans was the unexpected release of the 1/18 scale Volvo 1800S coupe in white/cream by Revell during November. It's a model us Volvo fans have been waiting for, for a very long time, so it came as a bit of a surprise to me that Revell beat everyone to release it. If you haven't ordered one then pop along to Suffolk Die-Cast Models who are stocking it at their website and on ebay, they do overseas orders as well as the UK mainland plus they are a trusted website.

The people who run Suffolk Models namely Mark and Caroline are nice and friendly and will help you with your orders, so give them a try before using other retailers--you can also phone their shop sales if you feel uneasy about ordering over the net. The Volvo model is made of metal and both doors open; also the bonnet comes in white/cream or red, and I have a feeling its going to sell a lot of the white/cream version quickly. Don't be fooled by the low price of £19.99 as it's a really good detailed model and many of us would have paid a lot more for this.

The model is based on the rare B20 version of the Volvo 1800S of which only 1,693 were produced between Aug 1968 and Aug 1969. There is a B20 emblem on the front grill, and from the details in the engine compartment you can see the dual Stromberg carburetor set-up with the large single air filter. The next year, Volvo moved to the 1800E with electronic fuel injection.
  • Revell 1:18 scale diecast Volvo 1800S in cream/white
  • As used by "The Saint"
  • Features Opening Doors and Hood
  • Model No. 08894
  • Approx 9" Long

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Latest Web Statistics for www.saint.org

The saint.org website devoted to Leslie Charteris, Simon Templar, and The Saint has been up and running for over 4050 days (more than 10 years), and the log file contains almost 20.1 million entries! Using Analog 6.0 for Macintosh, I have compiled and posted a complete statistical usage report for www.saint.org through November 30, 2006.

I have also posted a shorter versions of just the statistics for the months of November 2006, October 2006, September 2006, and August 2006 to see what the near-term trends look like.

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