The Saint News: March 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.

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

Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Saint Around The World

The Saint by Leslie Charteris was first written in English and published in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada for all those English-speaking readers around the world. Due to The Saint's popularity, most of The Saint stories were translated into a number of languages, including: French, Hebrew, Spanish, German, Dutch, Japanese, Greek, Portuguese, Polish, Chinese, Italian, Afrikaans, Czech, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Hungarian, Serbo-Kroat, Arabic, Norwegian, Finnish, Braille, and perhaps even others!

The success of the Roger Moore series led to a number of TV-tie-in editions in Spanish, Polish, English, and Hebrew, to name a few. When the Val Kilmer Saint movie came out, the Burl Barer novelization of the film was translated into quite a number of languages and might possibly be the most-translated title of all The Saint stories, next to The Saint in New York.

Another interesting fact is that some of the "translations" were never published in English at all. The French translator wrote many stores from radio scripts and comic strips, and while some of these novels were translated into Dutch, and perhaps other languages, they have never been translated back to English.

More details and cover scans are available at The Saint Around The World page of this website (www.saint.org), and your help is greatly appreciated in finding additional languages and book cover artwork.

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Friday, March 30, 2007

The Saint Artwork of Dick Bruna

Dick Bruna is one of the few living Dutch artists to have achieved worldwide fame among young and old. He started drawing in 1940 and among the books he illustrated was the series entitled Zwarte Beertjes (Little Black Bears), which published a very large number of The Saint books by Leslie Charteris in Dutch.

Bruna has spent his later career developing his skills within the picture book genre, creating characters such as miffy. The work of Dick Bruna is distinguished by its simple and direct draughtsmanship. Not only has Bruna made more than a hundred picture books, he has also designed more than two thousand book covers, over one hundred posters, postcards and prints. Aged 78, he still works every day in his studio in Utrecht - this year he published his 114th title. The Dick Bruna collection of the Centraal Museum comprises more than 1,200 works. The Centraal Museum holds the collection on long-term loan.

The offical Dick Bruna website can be found at www.dickbruna.com

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

This eVolvo 1800 Ain't No Saint!

Rob Ida Concepts has created what they call the eVolvo, which is a highly modified version of a 1971 Volvo 1800E.

The eVolvo is an especially unique and stunning automobile, and showcases just how far the original Volvo body style could go with just a few subtle and tasteful modifications. If you feel the need for Swede then this is the ultimate car. Once owned by Ron Dutton (who recently traded it away for a 1961 'Vette), this coupe surely ain't no Saint! It has a 2.3L Ford Duratec engine, with a turbo charger and intercooler, backed by a 5-speed manual transmission. The reshaped body with wider quarter panels, sharpened grill with frenched headlights, flush-mount tailights, and 18" billet wheels give this street legal car an exteme look unlike any other Volvo on the road today. The down-in-the weeds stance is due to lowering springs, extra heavy sway bars, and Bilstein gas shocks -- perfect for keeping a low profile.

Surely when this car was shown at the 2004 SEMA show with Volvo of North America, people must have thought that The Saint was back! Visit RobIdaConcepts.com for a full set of high-quality photos of the eVolvo.


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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Watching The Detectives on TCM

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has been showing some really great detective movies every Tuesday and Wednesday this month in their 53 movie celebration called, Watching The Detectives. The movies have included, The Saint with George Sanders, The Thin Man, Dick Tracy, The Lone Wolf, Sherlock Holmes, and Philip Marlowe. This week they are showing a number of Boston Blackie films, as well as Chinatown, and the James Garner Marlowe from 1969.
This collection of whodunits follows Van Dine’s rules in highly suspenseful and entertaining fashion. Our Detective All-Stars include Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep (1946) — both given definitive readings by Humphrey Bogart in his best wry, burned-out style. We present four films each devoted to The Lone Wolf (all TCM premieres), Sherlock Holmes, Dick Tracy, Nancy Drew, The Saint and The Falcon — plus the TCM debut of no less than eight Boston Blackie mysteries! Among our Police Detectives are Lt. Vincent Hanna, played by Al Pacino in Heat (TCM premiere, 1995), which also stars Robert De Niro as his nemesis, a master thief who calls himself “double the worst trouble you’ve ever seen.” Perhaps the most famous of all Society Sleuths are Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) in The Thin Man (1934), which took its title not from Powell’s character but from that of Edward Ellis, who plays the murder victim.

Amateur Detectives include the elderly British spinster Miss Jane Marple, played for the first time by the indomitably droll Margaret Rutherford in Murder She Said (1961). The actress has become so closely associated with the role that it is sometimes forgotten that the Miss Marple of the Agatha Christie novels is quite a different character — far less funny and eccentric than the jut-jawed Rutherford.
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Monday, March 26, 2007

Who Will Be The Saint?

The question on everyone's mind is, who will star as Simon Templar in the new series of The Saint on TNT?

Roger Moore's son, Geoffrey Moore is co-producing the show with Producer William J. MacDonald, and while there was some initial speculation that Geoffrey might take the role on himself, it appears that they are still casting for the role.

Who will be The Saint? Who do you think would make a great Saint for 2007? Please comment below!

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French Saint Website Update

Jean-Marc Lofficier reports:
Thanks to the help of Dan Bodenheimer (of www.saint.org) and Ian Dickerson (of www.lesliecharteris.com), the French Saint website has just undergone a massive update:

- Four new pages are now devoted to the French edition of LE SAINT DETECTIVE MAGAZINE which feature all 154 issues and index all the Leslie Charteris et al. stories published therein (with the same information then added to the Bibliography page), with more cover scans to come.

- It turns out that there were FOUR stories published in LSDM not collected in book form: (i) The Noble Sportsman, (ii) Le Saint et les Prospecteurs, a Michel-Tyl adaptation of a NYHT strip, (iii) Amours, Gadgets et Colonel, of which nothing is known at this time, and (iv) The Power Artist, a Fleming Lee collaboration, which was, however, later retranslated in the Livre de Poche Saint on TV collection. In particular, (ii) and (iii) are the first time these stories have come to the attention of Saint fans everywhere!

- It also turns out that the Charteris original The Uncritical Publisher was never translated after all, although there is a 1945 French-Canadian edition of The Saint Intervenes.

- Our Cover Gallery Page 7 now includes additional covers of rare 1950s Saint reprints, the Fayard "Omnibus" volumes, and the Lefrancq reprints of the mid-1990s.

- Finally, fans of French cover artist Bernad will enjoy additional cover scans of the Fayard NERO WOLFE and TOFF series.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

1967 Volvo 1800 ST1 at Carlisle Import Festival

From Bill Krzastek, owner of one of the white Volvo 1800's used in The Saint with Roger Moore:
Hello to all,

Just wanted to let everyone know that "ST1", the 1967 Volvo 1800S from "The Saint" television series has been invited back to the Carlisle Import Festival this coming May. The car will again be part of the "Invitational Display" and will be located inside Building "Y" which means you will be able to see it and take photos no matter the weather! I willl also be bringing my display items including new photographs of Sir Roger Moore with "ST1".

This really is unprecedented as this is the first time that a vehicle has been selected to be part of the "Invitational" two years in a row! Of course, we all know that "ST1" is a special automobile!

I look forward to seeing everyone at Carlisle and I have attached the online brochure of the event (which includes "ST1"!)

Best Regards,
Bill Krzastek
From the Carlisle Import Kit/Replicar Nationals brochure:
The focus of the import side of the show this year will be on our friends from Sweden... Volvo. Translated to English, Volvo means "I roll." This Scandinavian favorite will be coming to Carlisle in droves. The Volvo Club of America will be hosting their East Coast meet at the Import-Kit/Replicar Nationals this year. Additionally, Volvo Cars of North America is bringing six of their antique Volvos from their superb collection. They'll be bringing a 1927 Jakob, Volvo's first car; 1956 P1900 - only 67 ever built; a 1953 PV444, once owned by Colin Powell; a 1953 PV444 pickup truck; a '55 PV444 and a 1961 P210 hearse. In the spirit of the Volvo spotlight, "The Saint" car will return to Carlisle. This '67 Volvo 1800S, was originally owned by Sir Roger Moore, and driven by him on the show of the same name.

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Saint on German DVD

Roger Moore is Simon Templar, Collector's Box I
Selected episodes from The Saint TV series starring Roger Moore are now available on DVD in Germany. The first set contains 8 discs, encoded in Region 2 format. The first set was originally released on April 21, 2006 and it has sold well enough to bring out a second set.

Studio: Koch Media Deutschland GmbH - DVD
Running Time: 1170 Minutes
Format: Dolby, HiFi Sound, PAL
Languages: English, German
Region: Region 2
Viewing Format: 4:3
Number of Disks: 8

You can buy the German DVD Set 1 from Amazon.de today.

Roger Moore is Simon Templar, Collector's Box II
The second set will be released on April 27, 2007. It will contain 16 colour (2 of them never before shown in Germany - with subtitles) and 6 b/w uncut episodes.

As extras the second box set will have the documentaries, "The Saint Steps In... To Television," and "The Saint Steps In... To Colour," as well as an audio commentary for "The Ex-King of Diamonds." The total number of DVD discs in the box is 7.

Studio: Koch Media Deutschland GmbH - DVD
Running Time: 900 Minutes
Format: Dolby, HiFi Sound, PAL
Languages: English, German
Region: Region 2
Viewing Format: 4:3
Number of Disks: 7

Order the German DVD Set 2 from Amazon.de today!

There will only be these two DVD box sets in German, and many thanks to Martin Metzler of SimonTemplar.de for writing the booklets for both sets and informing us of these important foreign language releases.

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Plot Summaries for Roger Moore Series

The Saint on TV page has been updated to include a number of the original plot summaries that were supplied by ITC to publicize the Roger Moore TV series of The Saint.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

New Volvo S60 fit for a Saint?

Volvo Design Chief Steve Matten has not rested on his laurels after bringing the XC60 Concept into the world. Steve has been working on the next S60, and these first renderings by our neighbours Auto Motor & Sport from Sweden look very promising indeed. Perhaps even sharp enough for The Saint to drive in the new TV series on TNT? The Saint has a long tradition with Volvo, what with Roger Moore driving the Volvo P1800 and Val Kilmer's red C70 coupe!

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

One Pound Note signed by Leslie Charteris on eBay

Ian Dickerson of the Saint Club has posted an English pound note (remember them?) signed by the author (and creator of The Saint) Leslie Charteris to an auction on eBay.

This unique one pound note signed by Charteris is being sold by The Saint Club on behalf of Compass Counselling, a New Forest based charity that provides counselling services. Assuming it hits the reserve figure, all the money from this sale is going straight to charity!

Visit eBay and bid on this unique item today!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Help Needed in finding French Saint Magazines

With the upcoming TNT series of The Saint currently in pre-production, I suddenly have a deadline to finish the print version of The Saintly Bible -- The Exhaustive Bibliography of the Immortal Works of Leslie Charteris and his Saint Books.

To that end, I need to quickly get copies of a number of the French Saint Detective Magazines that I am missing from my collection. Please view the last section at the very end of my want list, and let me know if you can offer any assistance. I'm not reposting all the numbers here, as then I'd have to maintain my want list in two places.

Jean-Marc Lofficier has a great site dedicated to the Saint novels in French, and it is sadly missing a detailed section on The Saint Detective Magazine.
UPDATE March 24: Jean-Marc has just added a new section about the magazines, and we've been working together on getting it finished.

I have already scanned eBay and ABE Books for the missing issues, and need your help in finding other sources.

Many thanks for any help you can offer.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Aston Martin Rapide: Safety by Volvo

Aston Martin will be procuring Volvo’s help to develop the Aston Martin Rapide 4-door sedan’s safety system. Volvo’s safety engineering expertise was also used previously on the DB9 and V8 Vantage models. Volvo will develop a stiff aluminium structure for the Aston Martin Rapide.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

New series of The Saint coming to TNT

Lots of news last week about the new version of The Saint series that is in development for TNT. Roger Moore's son, Geoffrey Moore, has teamed up with producer William J. MacDonald to create a new series for television. Jorge Zamacona is working on the script for a 90-minute pilot, and they are getting consulting advice from such notable long-time Saints as Ian Dickerson and Burl Barer -- both who are huge fans of the Leslie Charteris books, and hopefully can exert some influence in keeping with the gentleman thief character of Simon Templar.

There is certainly some concern, as William (Bill) J. MacDonald was one of the producers (along with Robert Evans) of the Val Kilmer Saint film by Paramount back in 1997 – a movie so un-Saint-like, that Leslie Charteris’ name was removed from the credits. The Saint (1997) was a tough movie for die-hard fans as the character that they knew and loved didn’t actually show up until the end of the movie – such is the problem with “origin stories.” That said, Bill MacDonald has surrounded himself with some great Saint this time, including Roger’s son, and we are very hopeful for a clever gentleman with his own code of moral values to emerge without the need to spend any time telling the story of how Simon Templar became The Saint.

As yet, nobody has been cast as the Saint. There was some initial speculation that it might be Geoffrey Moore himself, and that option has not been completely taken off the table as they look for The Saint of 2007.

Your thoughts? Comment below.

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Rare Saint Script for sale on eBay

Up for auction on eBay is Director Roy (Ward) Baker's original script for the 1964 "The Saint" episode starring Roger Moore entitled "The Good Medicine". One of the guest stars in this episode is Jean Marsh. A very interesting piece of memorabilia from the show. Mr. Baker auctioned his scripts from "The Saint" a few years ago, and the seller purchased this one from Nigel Williams Rare Books in London with the intention of using it as part of an aborted book project. The seller really doesn't want to part with it, but they could use the money. The seller had originally intended to donate the script to Boston University, which houses Saint creator Leslie Charteris archives. Perhaps the new owner would consider doing this.

This script features Mr. Baker's notes and sketches for set designs, as well as the addresses of each of the principal actors. It is kept in an original brown folder with the title of the episode.

The reserve price is $1,000.

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Roger Moore Saint Jacket on Auction

Bonhams Auction House in England had an auction of Sale 15337 - The Angels Star Collection of Film & TV Costumes on March 6th, 2007 in Knightsbridge.

Lot No: 4 was of a brown pinstripe jacket as used by Roger Moore in The Saint, 1962-1969.

Roger Moore from The Saint, 1962-1969
A brown pinstripe jacket,of wool with satin effect lining, having brown plastic buttons, labelled inside pocket "Howard Trent (inc A.R Wall & Sons), Bespoke Tailors, 213 High Street, Bromley, RAV 1778", inscribed in blue ink in an unknown hand "R.MOORE R", having further label inside inscribed "R.MOORE 1968 11th AUG"

The estimate was from £1,200 to 1,500 and it appears that it might still be available.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! And for a little time travel excerpt from Time Magazine, around the time of St. Patrick's Day in 1948:
Gregory Peck and Whodunit Writer Leslie (The Saint) Charteris, with their wives, were safe & sound in Miami after weathering a mild (46 m.p.h.) blow. Battling through rough water in their cruiser Tonga they had to anchor offshore and radio the Coast Guard to come and get them.

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Friday, March 16, 2007

Burl Barer to Consult on TNT Saint Show

Noted Saintly author, Burl Barer, has posted some interesting news about his part in the new series of The Saint on TNT. This show is really going to be great, and follow in the footsteps of Roger Moore, Ian Ogilvy, and Simon Dutton.
If I have anything to say about it, and supposedly I do, the new SAINT TV project for TNT will retain the flavor of Charteris' original.

The Roger Moore series that began in 1962 used the "glob trotting celebrity" character found in Charteris later short stories, and due to the restrictive TV codes of the time, Charteris lamented that the Saint on TV bore as much similarity to his creation as Winnie the Pooh did to Captain Blood.

Times have changed -- restrictions have relaxed. Soooo...this version of The Saint will be the more dangerous and picaresque adventurer, having way too much fun as he takes on recalcitrant and contumacious oppressors while bedding the requisite bevy of beauties -- including the mercurial and romantic Ms Patricia Holm. As all Saint fans know, Simon Templar parks his shoes in numerous international locales, but Holm is where he hangs his hat -- or halo.

Bill Macdonald asked me to serve as "consultant" to the project, and has honestly taken my suggestions to heart (and page). The show should be really cool, faithful to the character, and won't have Charteris getting what he termed Graveyard Torque from spinning in his metaphoric grave. What I like best about the project, of course, is that I'm supposedly getting paid for my wit and wisdom. As with any TV or film project - or publishing for that matter -- I will be 100% convinced when the check clears the bank. As Bill has never deceived me in the past, I trust it will all come out in the wash, even if the spin cycle makes me crazy.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

TV Guide on TNT remake of The Saint

From today's TV Guide web page:
TNT's development slate includes Leverage, a Mission: Impossible-like action series; Mrs. America, about a woman valiantly juggling career and family; a remake of the 1960s series The Saint; and a family drama tentatively titled A.D.
TNT is Turner Network Television, and their website is http://www.tnt.tv/

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Ed Gorman Reports: The Saint on TNT

Author Ed Gorman reports on his blog:
Glenn Hauman of ComicMix has news about a new TNT series in development:

The Saint? Again?

Simon Templar debuted in 1928 and Leslie Charteris continued writing about him until1960 when he began using ghosts to help him. Movies, TV, comic books, radio, pulps, slicks over and over in various countries...This is one durable dude.

My favorite Charteris story dates back to when George Sanders was playing the Saint at the RKO B-movie unit. Charteris bombarded the suits with letters insisting that they try getting Cary Grant for the part. Grant was by then an enormous international star...and he was going to do a series of B movie? Doubtful.

When Sanders left his younger and more vulnerable brother Tom took over. Fifteen years later Tom was aboard a bus taking him to a body pile where indigent alcoholics went to die. He didn't make it. He died en route.

The Saint may not be Tarzan or Superman or Sherlock Holmes...but he's certainly a creation who adapts well to each generation.

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ComicMix reports that The Saint is coming back to TV

Glenn Hauman of ComicNews reports:
TNT drama series in development

They may know drama, but do they know genre?

TNT has a new series in development that could be of interest to us all:

The Saint – a new one hour series based on the Leslie Chateris classic character – the famous Simon Templar. From executive producer William J. MacDonald and producer Jorge Zamacona. The Saint was featured in movies dating back to the late 1930s (starring the great George Sanders) and the British television series from the 1960s starring Roger Moore. I can hear the theme song now...

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New Show Will Be Loyal to Leslie Charteris

Lee Goldberg, the author of a number of Monk and Diagnosis Murder books, reports on A Writer's Life that:
Variety reports today a bit of news that I've known for months: TNT is developing a new, TV series version of THE SAINT. The producer is William J. McDonald and even though he was involved in the horrendous movie version with Val Kilmer a few years ago, I'm told by sources in-the-know that this project will be more loyal to the character immortalized in the novels by Leslie Charteris. Jorge Zamacona (HOMICIDE, WANTED) is writing the script.

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Add a Saint Search Provider to Internet Explorer 7

In the new Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 the search architecture has been redesigned and replaced by the Toolbar Search box, which is located to the right of the Address bar. Sites can now advertise search providers, making it much easier for users to perform searches on sites directly from the Microsoft Internet Explorer frame without first having to navigate to that site.

This change in Internet Explorer means that you can add Saint.org's new search engine (powered by Google) as a search provider by following a few easy steps.

1) The first step is to click on the magnifying glass at the upper-left hand corner, and choose the "Find More Providers..." option.

2) Fill in the gold "Create Your Own" box with a Search URL of (make sure to remove any spaces first):

http://www.saint.org/search/?domains=www.saint.org%3Bwww.lesliecharteris.com &q=TEST&sitesearch=www.saint.org&client=pub-8591498453215281&forid=1 &channel=3396009147&ie=ISO-8859-1&oe=ISO-8859-1&flav=0000&sig=SDCg4pOB4j-YBZZt &cof=GALT%3A%23008000%3BGL%3A1%3BDIV%3A%23336699%3BVLC%3A663399 %3BAH%3Acenter%3BBGC%3AFFFFFF%3BLBGC%3A336699%3BALC%3A0000FF%3BLC %3A0000FF%3BT%3A000000%3BGFNT%3A0000FF%3BGIMP%3A0000FF%3BFORID%3A11&hl=en

3. Type in a Search Provider Name of "Saint.org" in the second box.

4. Click on the "Install" button and try your new search by selecting "Saint.org" from the magnifying glass menu.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

William J. MacDonald to produce The Saint on TNT

Variety reports that William J. MacDonald will be producing a new series of The Saint for TNT.
Two other one-hour projects emerged in the upfront, presided over by Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, and Michael Wright, senior VP of original programming for TNT and TBS: "The Saint," from the exec producer William J. McDonald ("Rome"), a remake of the 1960s British series that starred Roger Moore as a debonair international thief; and "A.D." (working title), a family drama from Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh ("Hoosiers," "Rudy").

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TNT Announces new TV series of The Saint

Release Date: 3/13/2007

TNT Boasts Oscar®, Emmy® and Golden Globe® Winners in Dynamic Original Programming Slate

Steven Bochco, Dean Devlin, THE CLOSER’s Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin, William J. McDonald and Jorge Zamacona, Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh Developing New Drama Series for TNT

The network’s high-profile development slate boasts the limited series THE TALISMAN, from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Spielberg, as well as an as-yet-untitled legal drama from Bochco; LEVERAGE, a new action drama from Devlin; an untitled series from THE CLOSER executive producers Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin, as well as Michelle Ashford; THE SAINT, an updated version of the popular 1960s series; and A.D. (working title), a new family drama.

"Our strategy with original series is to provide an environment in which the industry’s best and brightest can work and be successful," said Wright. "The roster of top talent coming to work at TNT demonstrates our commitment to providing our viewers with the very best dramatic entertainment possible."

Wright also announced that TNT is creating extensive broadband content complementing its series.

The following are TNT’s original projects slated for premiere this summer or going into production or development:

In Development

THE SAINT - One-hour drama series in development
Classy, suave, debonair, charming international thief Simon Templar (AKA The Saint) makes an action-packed return in this updated version of the classic 1960s series. This series pilot comes to TNT from executive producer William J. McDonald (Rome) and producer Jorge Zamacona (Homicide: Life on the Street, Wanted).

Turner Network Television (TNT), television’s destination for drama and one of cable’s top-rated networks, offers original movies and series, including the acclaimed detective drama The Closer, starring Golden Globe winner Kyra Sedgwick; Saving Grace, a bold new drama starring Oscar winner Holly Hunter; Heartland, a powerful medical drama with Treat Williams and Kari Matchett; and this summer’s eagerly anticipated television event The Company, executive-produced by Ridley Scott and starring Chris O’Donnell, Michael Keaton and Alfred Molina. TNT is also home to powerful one-hour dramas, such as Without a Trace, Law & Order, Las Vegas, Cold Case, ER, Charmed and Judging Amy; broadcast premiere movies; compelling prime-time specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. TNT is also available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming to the cable industry.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Saint Sp@m Sp.am Sp(am)

The Saint's website has been up since 1997, and has been publishing and using the same e-mail address since that time. Therefore, we recieve a lot of e-mail spam telling us how we could "Make Money Fast", "Go Big", and make a fortune handling a banking transaction for a large number of dead general's widow. So much, if fact, that we had to route all our incoming mail to Postini a few years ago in order to handle it all.

Additionally, about a year ago we removed all instances of our e-mail address from anyplace we could find it on this site and other sites. Only one problem: now people can't contact us! So, the e-mail address is back again -- this time as a graphic. Hopefully that will help?

Please e-mail any current news and rumors about The Saint to:

           'saint' at this domain (saint.org)

And no, this doesn't have anything to do with SPAM, the tasty canned precooked meat product made by the Hormel Foods Corporation.

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Val Kilmer, Poet

Bookride has some interesting information about a rare book of poetry by Val Kilmer, star of the 1997 Paramount movie, The Saint. The book, entitled, My Edens After Burns, was published by Blue Feather Press of Wildomar, California in 1987 (ISBN 0932482201). Apparently the book is so rare, that currently there is only one available on ABE Books, and it's priced at £3989.91!

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Michael Lanyard, alias The Lone Wolf

This evening Turner Classic Movies is showing a number of The Lone Wolf movies, starring Warren William. One of the classics being shown is The Lone Wolf Strikes from 1940. These movies are based on a series of books by Louis Joseph Vance, and some have said that they were in part an inspiration to Leslie Charteris for his Saint books. Vance's books feature Michael Lanyard, alias The Lone Wolf, as a charming gentleman rogue who was trained to be a jewel thief by a mysterious Irishman named Bourke. As with The Saint, The Lone Wolf also has a weakness for robbing from the rich and giving to the damsel in distress, all the while keeping a percentage to maintain his fine lifestyle.

Another interesting tie-in between The Lone Wolf and The Saint is that Louis Hayward played The Lone Wolf in seven TV episodes between 1954 and 1955, just one year after he starred as Simon Templar in The Saint's Girl Friday aka The Saint's Return (RKO 1953). Louis Hayward also played the title role in The Saint In New York (RKO 1938)

The Lone Wolf TV show is currently playing on GoodLife TV, with the next show airing Saturday, March 10 at 3:30AM.

The Lone Wolf is an important part of the Gentleman Thief genre, and for further information about The Lone Wolf, visit Thrilling Detective or read the novel, Alias The Lone Wolf, online for free from Project Gutenburg.

The Lone Wolf books by Louis Joseph Vance:
  1. The Lone Wolf (1914)
  2. The False Faces (1918)
  3. Alias The Lone Wolf (1921)
  4. Red Maquerade (1921)
  5. The Lone Wolf Returns (1923)
  6. The Lone Wolf's Son (1931)
  7. Encore The Lone Wolf (1933)
  8. The Lone Wolf's Last Prowl (1934)

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Saints Logo

Many people are looking for "saints logo" on this site. Are they looking for the classic Fleur de Lis logo of the New Orleans Saints professional American football team? The Fleur de Lis is a symbol from the Court of Louis XIV. It is a french word that stands for "flower of the lily". The Fleur de Lis is also a symbol for New Orleans, which was adopted during the French occupation of Louisiana from 1682-1762. Traditionally, it has been used to represent French royalty, and in that sense, it is said to signify perfection, light and life.

Or perhaps they are looking for the Southampton Saints British football club's logo? Back in 2002, the Southampton Saints Football Club launched an anti-racism campaign using The Saint's logo by permission from the Estate of Leslie Charteris.

Or perhaps they really are looking for the famous Saint stickman logo that Simon Templar, alias The Saint, used as a calling card in many of the adventures written by Leslie Charteris. In this case, Simon Templar.co.uk has a brief illustrated history of some of the various styles, adventures and artists humour of the famous Saint logo collected from books, film and other publications. Visit their Stickman Gallery for a great show of The Saint's logo through the years.

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