The Saint News: February 2007

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.

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Monday, February 26, 2007

The Return of the Saint's Jaguar XJ-S

LeslieCharteris.com reports:
The current owner of a certain Jaguar XJ-S, registration no. PWK 530R, has been in touch with us to let us know that he owns the car and that he has plans to restore it to its former glory.

This is splendid news, for this is the primary car that was used in the making of Return of the Saint and although for many years it was owned by Saint fan (and Saint Club member) Alisdair Stewart we lost track of it when it was sold in the early 21st Century.

The current owner has promised us more pictures so keep checking www.lesliecharteris.com to see what happens to this classic car.
For more information about The Return of The Saint's Jaguar XJ-S, as driven by Ian Ogilvy, please visit The Saint's Jaguar page.

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Roger Moore and the Hat Industry

Gorilla Sushi is holding Roger Moore to account for the death of fashionable men's hats.
I've been watching the 007 marathon they had on Starz ("007 in '07"), and the thing that strikes me most from the earlier episodes (most notably the opening gunshot scene), and I realized that the hat in the opening gunshot barrel vanished when Roger Moore took over as Bond.

So I'm blaming Roger Moore's term as James Bond, and his dislike for hats (he never wore a hat as The Saint, either) for killing the entire hat industry.

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Be a Saint on Valentine's Day

Be a true Saint and send flowers in honor of Saint Valentine!

Saint Valentine's Day or Valentine's Day is on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other; sending Valentine's cards, candy, or donations to charities, often anonymously. It is very common to present flowers on Valentine's Day. The holiday is named after two men, both Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines". Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

In the second half of the 20th century, the practice of exchanging cards was extended to all manners of gifts in the United States, usually from a man to a woman. Such gifts typically include roses and chocolates.

Valentine's Gifts From $19.99 at ProFlowers!

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Review of Return of the Saint DVD Set

FilmJournal.net's samdvd1 has a review of the Return of the Saint DVD set that was just released in the UK.

Overall the set got an A- with the best part of the package being all the special extras, including commentary by Ian Ogilvy and others.

If you haven't already ordered your copy, you can get one directly from Amazon UK.

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

The Saint made Volvo big bucks

The South Coast Today of Southern Massachusetts published on February 7 has a good article about how Volvo's connection with The Saint has been good for their business.


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Saturday, February 03, 2007

The Val Kilmer Saint Movie Ten Years Later

The Saint, staring Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Rade Serbedzija, and Valeri Nikolayev was released on April 4, 1997. That means the 10th anniversary is coming up in a few months. Yes indeed, it would be great if Paramount would release a special anniversary edition with all the extras we have been looking forward to for many years now.

One of the most discussed missing features of the current DVD and VHS editions is the original ending. In fact Director Phillip Noyce has said that he hopes that one day he will be present the original version on a new DVD.

Here are some details about the original plot and ending from Wikipedia's entry for The Saint (Film):
Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

When the final film was test screened, audiences reacted badly to the death of Dr. Emma Russell.

In the original version of the film - as in the original Jonathan Hensleigh script - Dr. Russell, having escaped Russia via the American embassy, collapses while giving a lecture and dies in The Saint's arms. Watching the videotape back, he sees Tretiak, Jr. stabbing her in the leg with the tip of his cane. The final half-hour has the Saint returning to Moscow to destroy the villains' plans and avenge her death. With Dr. Botvin's help, he switches the formulas around and humiliates Tretiak during his show trial of the Russian president. The Tretiaks shoot their way out of the crowd and escape back to their mansion, with The Saint and the Russian army in pursuit. Tretiak shoots the treacherous Dr. Botvin. The Saint arrives and finds the bodies of Botvin and Tretiak, killed by his own son. The Saint battles Dr. Russell's killer on the stairwell as Russian tanks pound the mansion walls, exposing and setting fire to the vast stockpile of heating oil in the basement. With the stairwell disintegrating around them, the fight spills out on to the chandelier, suspended above the blazing oil. The Saint teases Treatiak, Jr. with the disc containing the formula for cold fusion. As he reaches out for it, The Saint cuts the rope and Tretiak, Jr. plummets to a fiery death. Returning to Dr. Russell's home, the Saint finds a letter from her, a tear fills his eye and he vows from now on to use his skills only for good.

Test audiences didn't like the way Dr. Russell died three-quarters of the way into the film; it was a little confusing as to what had happened to her. The novelization features an alternate version in which Dr. Russell lives and The Saint and Tretiak, Jr. still battle on the chandelier. In the end, however, the producers decided to cut Dr. Russell's death scene, chopped off the action-packed climax, inserted footage of the Tretiak's being arrested and filmed a new epilogue at Oxford. (Footage from the original ending features prominently in the film's trailer.) Director Phillip Noyce hopes one day to be able to restore the original version for DVD.

If you don't already own a copy of the DVD, it's currently selling on Amazon for less than $10!

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Friday, February 02, 2007

The Saint in Movies and Films

From Louis Hayward, to George Sanders, to Hugh Sinclair, to Felix Marten, to Jean Marais, along to Roger Moore, then Ian Ogilvy, and finally on to Val Kilmer, The Saint has appeared in a large number of movies. In fact Simon Templar, alias The Saint, by Leslie Charteris was recently named the #2 spy movie hero of all-time, just behind James Bond.

The page on this site about The Saint in movies and films has been updated to include a large number of movie posters.

If you know of any other versions of the movie posters, especially if you have any in your own private collection, we'd be very interesting in seeing them.

A couple of these posters are available in reprint form from the moviegoods.com website.

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

The Latest Statistics Are Here!

The saint.org website devoted to Leslie Charteris, Simon Templar, and The Saint has been up and running for over 4100 days (more than 10 years), and the log file contains close to 20.6 million entries! Using Analog 6.0 for Macintosh, I have compiled and posted a complete statistical usage report for www.saint.org from October 18, 1995 through January 31, 2007.

There are annual statistical reports for 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, and 1995.

I have also posted single-month reports to get better insight into the month-to-month differences and trends:
2007: Jan
2006: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

For extra credit, please comment below on any special insights you might have into what these statistics actually mean!

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