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|The Saint Set 7|
Actor: Roger Moore
Directors: Roger Moore, John Ainsworth, Robert S. Baker, Anthony Bushell, John Paddy Carstairs
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
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A strong finish for The Saint
trebe | 01/21/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Roger Moore returns as Simon Templar, alias "The Saint" in the seventh boxed DVD set of his exploits. Templar, the suave "Robin Hood of Modern Crime" is featured in the final adventures of the long running 60's TV series. Here are summaries and/or comments for the episodes in this set. Episode ratings are on a scale from one to five (best).Volume 13: (Disc 1)Where The Money Is (Episode 112): Rating (4) - An obnoxious film producer enlists The Saint to help get his kidnapped daughter back. Simon is off to Paris to act as the go between, and deliver the ransom. The Saint's wits are put to the test as he roams the French countryside pursued by a band of desperate men, in this episode directed by Roger Moore. Vendetta for the Saint (Episodes 113 and 114): Rating (5) - This two part adventure is based on Saint creator Leslie Charteris's last novel. While in Naples, Simon comes to the aid of an English tourist. When the man turns up dead, The Saint begins to investigate into the mysterious past of a Mafia don. The trail leads to Sicily, where the Saint becomes the marked for death, eventually becoming a prisoner of the Mafia. After a daring escape, The Saint returns with a vengeance to save the day, in one of the finest adventures in the series. Volume 14: (Disc 2)The Ex-King of Diamonds (Episode 115): Rating (4) - On the Riviera, a deposed king intends to use a rigged card game to raise funds to buy a shipment of weapons. The Saint teams with a wealthy Texan, and an expert in gambling probabilities, to foil the bold and daring gambit. The Man Who Gambled With Life (Episode 116): Rating (3) - A rich industrialist is dying, and has selected Simon Templar to participate in a dangerous experiment. The Saint, never one to be made a pawn, looks to take control of the situation, and derail the masterplan, in this slightly off the wall episode. Portrait of Brenda (Episode 117): Rating (4) - In London, Simon discovers a murdered artist, and begins investigating his death. Mystery revolves around a portait, a spiritual guru, and a dead singer, with a couple of lovely ladies thrown into the mix. Ivor Dean makes his final appearance as police inspector Claude Eustace Teal, lending a helping hand in this adventure that maintains the suspense until the very end. The World Beater (Episode 118): Rating (3) - The final episode of the series finds Simon Templar behind of wheel of a rally racing car. Intrigue and sabotage abound, as The Saint prepares to drive in a high stakes road rally. A woman from his past makes an appearance, bringing excitement into his life. The episodes in this collection feature some excellent writing and acting, taking this long running series to a conclusion strongly. After this, Roger Moore would again return to television, teaming with Tony Curtis, in The Persuaders. He would then assume his most famous role, after being chosen to succeed Sean Connery as the new James Bond, debuting in Live and Let Die in 1973."
Everything One Could Want of a Saint and Moore...
trebe | 02/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Set 7 features seven episodes, of which only one is based on a story by Saint author Leslie Charterlis. Three of the other six use scripts contrived from the writers' perceptions of Charterlis' basic plot: Templar encounters a gentleman with daughters who dote on Daddy who need to be rescued from evildoers or evildoing with their evil Daddy. After watching these three, I concluded that one needs the Charterlis' touch to truly make the Charterlis' ingredients work. Nevertheless I believe the overall quality of the acting and directing talents of The Saint cast make up for any lack in these scripts.(As an Avengers' fan, I could not help but note how Set 7, like the other color episodes, feature several also The Avengers' co-stars, hereafter identified with an asterisk.*)In particular Volume 13 features two episodes that each has two unique treats. The first, "Where the Money Is," features Moore as actor-director. (As a music performer-educator, I became intrigued by Moore's directing philosophy that music should enhance, and not overshadow, action and dialogue.) Kenneth G. Warren* does an excellent job playing a bossy American film director. Sandor Elis* plays the head of a kidnapping trio that includes Derek Newark*. These actors are among the many superior co-stars who made this episode work - in spite of Templar's cheesy last line that perhaps could have been scratched.Episodes 2 and 3, the Leslie Charterlis-based "Vendetta for the Saint," stars the late Ian Hendry*, who played "Dr. Keel" of The Avengers 1961-62 season. "Vendetta" gives us Avengers' fans, who feel loss over having only two of Hendry's episodes available, an entertaining look at this dynamic actor. In "Vendetta" Hendry plays the Italian-American Mafia don Alessandro Gestamio. Templar, upon reading about the death of a British banker at Gestamio's hands, sets out on a one-man war against the Mafia itself, and discovers Gestamio himself has a secret he dare not let the Mafia know. Look for star performances from several actors including Aimi MacDonald*, Steven Plytas*, and a young Rosemary Dexter.Volume 14 begins with "The Ex-King of Diamonds" (Willoughby Goddard) whose baccarat skills have a sinister core and even more sinister purpose. In this episode Templar is assisted by a mathematical genius (Ronald Radd*), his available daughter (Isla Blair), and a Texas oil billionaire (Stuart Damon). Helpful to me was the explanation by the math professor of baccarat to an inquisitive American tourist (Araby Lockhart). Jeremy Young* continues his excellent character work as a chauffeur/co-conspirator."The Man Who Gambled with Life," millionaire scientist-megalomaniac Keith Longman (Clifford Evans*), seeks to lure Templar into a chilling (no-pun intended) experiment. This episode features a hilarious nod to the Emma Peel Avengers' era by Templar and Longman's younger daughter Stella (Jayne Soffiano). It is also the weakest in Set 7 due to its rushed ending. In addition, the timing during the dialogue between Templar and Longman is rather slow. If the producers had made this a two-part, two-hour movie, I believe it would have flowed better.
In "Portrait of Brenda" Templar searches for the killer of an avant-garde artist, and takes a trip through "hip" 60's London that includes the recording scene and Far Eastern philosophy. Templar also gets to cross swords and words with his nemesis, Chief Inspector Teal (Ivor Dean), who, as always, ends up assisting him in spite of himself! Two additional treats are the songs written for this episode - "You Won't See Me No More" by Gary Osborne and "Out to Get You" by Chris Andrews - delightful spoofs of 60's rock-and-roll. Trevor Bannister* plays a very convincing record producer.Set 7 concludes with a bang as Templar drives "The World Beater" in a car rally with high stakes for a desperate father-son car-building team (James Kerry and Eddie Byrne), an auto mogul (George A. Cooper*), and a former girlfriend named Kay (Patricia Haines*), who has secret schemes behind her need for speed. As always, Templar wins the race that puts mogul, father and son in pocket, uncovers the truth, and beats the villains at their own game. Those who like racing will not be disappointed: the excitement on and off the road are for all to see, as well as some hilarious moments when Templar makes Kay push and dig his car out of the mud!For the 60's Simon Templar-Roger Moore fans, I believe Set 7 of The Saint is an overall good buy. In our day where acting talent seems based on violence, voyeurism and vulgarity, today's mass media producers should take note that companies like A&E can revive and sell these quality classic shows, and still profit substantially. For people like myself who seek alternatives, the rebirth of The Saint, The Avengers, and other like shows on video and DVD have granted us a welcome refuge, and provided us entertainment redemption."
Enough Good Deeds Already!
Junglies | Morrisville, NC United States | 09/01/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I grew up with the Saint, beginning with the Black and White episodes and even continued with the "Son of the Saint" for a little while afterwards, but only for a little while.
The television of the late fifties and early sixties, reflects the changing nature of the contempoary society and it's culture. Whereas the fifties in Britain at least, had shows which were loosely based on the expolits of literary characters or heroic exploits fictionalised they developed in part due to the nature of the developments in the commerical television area as well as the increasing technological capability to bring dreams to life.
Viewing this, the last volume of Roger Moore's portrayal of Leslie Charteris' fictional modern day Robin Hood with a twist, one is reminded of those early adventure yarns especially the appearance in the Ex-King of Diamonds of the actor who was renowned in children's television at least, by his portrayal of Lamburgher Gessler, the villain in William Tell. Also in the same episode is the actor who played the pilot and his double, Jaques Duvall in the Bond movie Thunderball, opposite the Sean Connery Bond.
The last set of the Saint is thankfully the last. The theme music, changed to reflect the televising of the Saint in colour was mutilated even further towards the end and is a horrible transfiguration of the original theme which graced the black and white sets.
The Saint, under Roger Moore's watch had a satisfying charm all of it's own. here was the bad guy turned good even though he had an edge and attitude but who could not stand by in the face of injustice. The fact that the show was sustained for seven years was a testimony to the strength of Charteris' original vision and his stories. No simple good versus evil here. There was much more grey in the world after all. The production team, relying for much of the strong shows on the strength of the stable of British television actors who made themselves available for this show including the redoubtable Ivor Dean as the long suffering Chief Inspector Claude Eustace Teale, were a consistent aspect to the shows.
The most noticeable feature of this last set is the clear view that the show had run out of ideas after it's lengthy run. The show seems flat and tired with Moore nonchalantly playing his part. Perhaps it was a sign of the times that the old guard was being eclipsed by the newer and refreshing team which brought the Avengers to our screens as well as some of the more adventurous productions such as the Prisoner which elbowed out the Saint or perhaps it was just that the world too was changing with growing affluence among the wider population inculcating changing viewer habits where the charm of the old society that characterised Charteris' books was replaced by the anti-heroes portrayed by Michael Caine, or by the much more realistic and sinsiter Callan so admirably developed by Edward Woodward.
Even so this little collection ends on quite a good note, and Moore moved on to take his place in the pantheon of James Bonds. Indeed he had been Flemmings first choice but in the event the final word on who Bond was was established with apparent ease by Connery who made the character his own and who still today is regarded as the epitomy of James Bond 007.
All of the Saint stories as portrayed by Moore are a grace to any collection, in my view particluarly the black and white espisodes, and this set too is a must. They sure do not make them like this anymore which in many ways is a shame. A reminder of more gentler times past to contemplate."