The Saint (TV series)

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The Saint is a British ITC mystery spy thriller television series that aired in the United Kingdom on ITV between 1962 and 1969.wikipedia
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Roger Moore

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He was played by Roger Moore.
His most notable television role was playing the main character, Simon Templar, in the British television series The Saint from 1962 to 1969.

ITC Entertainment

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The Saint is a British ITC mystery spy thriller television series that aired in the United Kingdom on ITV between 1962 and 1969.
ITC is best known for being the company behind many successful British cult TV filmed series during the 1960s and 1970s, such as The Saint, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Danger Man, The Baron, Gideon's Way, The Champions, The Prisoner, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Stingray, Joe 90, Man in a Suitcase, Strange Report, Department S, The Persuaders!, Jason King, The Adventurer, The Protectors, Space 1999, and Return of the Saint. It was also the production company for The Muppet Show and Julie on Sesame Street which were both made at ATV's Elstree Studios and distributed in the UK by ATV and in the US by ITC.

The Saint (Simon Templar)

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It was based on the literary character Simon Templar created by Leslie Charteris in the 1920s and featured in many novels over the years.
In his introduction to the first, The Saint on TV, Charteris called these volumes a team effort in which he oversaw selection of stories, initially adaptations of scripts written for the 1962–1969 TV series The Saint, and with Fleming Lee writing the adaptations (other authors took over from Lee).

Ivor Dean

Moore had a few recurring co-stars, especially Ivor Dean, who played Templar's nemesis, Inspector Teal.
With his lugubrious demeanour he was often cast as world-weary police officers or butlers, and indeed it is for the role of Chief Inspector Claud Eustace Teal in the 1960s series The Saint, opposite Roger Moore, that he is best remembered.

Arnold Diamond

When in France, Templar had a similar relationship with Colonel Latignant (Arnold Diamond).
Indeed, his most remembered role is probably that of Colonel Latignant in the 1960s ITC series The Saint with Roger Moore.

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It was based on the literary character Simon Templar created by Leslie Charteris in the 1920s and featured in many novels over the years.
In 1962–1969 the British-produced television series The Saint went into production with Roger Moore in the Simon Templar role.

Return of the Saint

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The black-and-white series were first syndicated in the US by NBC affiliate stations in 1967 and 1968, and 32 of the 47 colour episodes were broadcast by NBC from 1968 to 1969, and have since played in syndication in the US for many years after (the '70s sequel Return of the Saint aired to high ratings on CBS in 1979–80).
Return of the Saint is a revival/updating of The Saint, a programme based upon the stories of Leslie Charteris that had originally aired from 1962 to 1969, and starred Roger Moore as Simon Templar (the character, in turn, had been introduced by Charteris in a series of novels and short stories dating back to 1928).

Volvo P1800

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Templar's car, when it appeared, was a white Volvo P1800 with the number plate ST1.
Marketed as a stylish touring car rather than a sports car, the P1800 became widely known when driven by future James Bond actor Roger Moore in the hit television series The Saint which aired from 1962-1969.

The Saint and the Fiction Makers

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Some of the later scripts were novelised and published as part of the ongoing series of The Saint novels, such as The Fiction Makers and The People Importers.
The novel is credited to Leslie Charteris, who created the Saint in 1928, but the book was actually authored by Fleming Lee and is adapted from a teleplay by John Kruse written for a two-part episode of The Saint, "The Fiction Makers", which first aired in December 1968 and was later released as a theatrical film.

The Saint and the People Importers

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Some of the later scripts were novelised and published as part of the ongoing series of The Saint novels, such as The Fiction Makers and The People Importers.
It is a novelization of the 1968 episode "The People Importers" from the 1962-69 TV series, The Saint, originally written by Donald James.

Corgi Toys

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This model Volvo is still often referred to as "the Saint's car", with miniature versions made by Corgi which have proved popular.
The Carrimore Car Transporter Mark IV using the recently introduced Scammell cab was also released in April 1969 and a gift set (GS48) featuring the new transporter and six cars; MGC GT (345), Mini Cooper Monte Carlo 1967 (339), Sunbeam Imp Monte Carlo 1967 (340), Mini Cooper S Magnifique (334), Morris Mini Minor (226) and The Saint's Volvo P1800 (258) soon followed.

Claud Eustace Teal

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Moore had a few recurring co-stars, especially Ivor Dean, who played Templar's nemesis, Inspector Teal. Chief Inspector Claud Eustace Teal is his nominal nemesis who considers Templar a common criminal, but often grudgingly tolerates his actions for the greater good.
On television, Ivor Dean played Teal as a recurring character in the 1962–69 British series, The Saint.

The Saint on TV

The first of these books, which gave cover credit to Charteris, but were actually written by others, was The Saint on TV, and the series of novelisations continued for several years after the television programme had ended.
This was the first of several volumes of stories novelising episodes of the 1962-69 television series The Saint.

The Avengers (TV series)

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With almost 120 episodes, the programme is exceeded only by The Avengers as the most productive show of its genre produced in the UK.

Vendetta for the Saint

The novel Vendetta for the Saint, credited to Charteris but written by Harry Harrison, was one of the last Saint stories to be adapted.
Vendetta for the Saint was adapted as a two-part episode of The Saint, and was broadcast during the programme's final season on January 5 and 12, 1969.

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In the UK, ITV4 has broadcast colour episodes.

The Saint (1997 film)

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The Saint character has also featured in a series of Hollywood movies made between 1938 and 1954, a 1940s radio series starring Vincent Price (and others) as Templar, a popular British television series of the 1960s which starred Roger Moore, and a 1970s series starring Ian Ogilvy.

Edwin Astley

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His best known works are British television themes and scores, most notably the theme to The Saint, and Danger Man.

The Saint (2017 film)

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This was Sir Roger Moore's final film appearance and the film was dedicated to his memory; Moore portrayed Templar in a 1960s TV series of the same title.

James Purefoy

Producer William J. MacDonald announced that James Purefoy would play Simon Templar in a new TV series of The Saint.

Monty Berman

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In 1962, Berman and Baker obtained the television rights to Leslie Charteris's The Saint.

ITV (TV network)

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The Saint is a British ITC mystery spy thriller television series that aired in the United Kingdom on ITV between 1962 and 1969.

NBC

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NBC picked up the show as a summer replacement in its evening schedule in 1966 because of the strong performance in the United States of the first two series in first-run syndication.

Robert S. Baker

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Moore eventually became co-owner of the show with Robert S. Baker when the show moved to colour and the production credit became Bamore Productions.

James Bond

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He was reportedly offered the role of James Bond at least twice during the run of the series, but he had to turn it down both times due to his television commitments.