Roger Moore's The Saint to be remade by the UK's ITV

edited February 2015 in Actors Posts: 1,552
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-02-24/itv-to-resurrect-classic-tv-drama-the-saint
 
The Saint – otherwise known as the Saville Row-clad righter-of-wrongs Simon Templar – is to be reborn.
An ITV pilot will revive the scourge of international bad guys, originally invented by Leslie Charteris and played from 1962 to 1969 by Roger Moore before he became James Bond.
In fact, the pilot episode should be ready to film next year, says Ed Whitmore who is writing the new drama with Chris Lunt – the writer behind the John Simm drama Prey.

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  • PropertyOfALadyPropertyOfALady Colders Federation CEO
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    Any word on who will be cast as Simon?
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy My Secret Lair
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    I'd love to see The Saint back on TV . =D>
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    Can't wait. They need a good actor for the role though. Maybe someone who can transition into Bond eventually :)
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    Be interesting to see how they attempt to reinvent this?
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Moderator
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    Cue sad trombone. Maybe this one will fare better.
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    Nothing mentioned in the article on cast etc. I think they're in the early stages of Pre-production
  • M_BaljeM_Balje Amsterdam, Netherlands
    edited February 2015 Posts: 4,182
    Casting idea. He wil turn 24 this year, but it take a whyle before this going to be made.
    Roger Moore whas 35, but those days some people look older already.

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    Toby Regbo http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2269396/

    He playing the younger version of Albus Dumbledore (Dutch: Perkamentus) in Harry Potter 7.

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  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    The child has potential.......in a few years.
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    JCRendle wrote: »

    Why do we need the a coloured man in the traditional role of Simon Templar, like with 007 I find the idea not to my liking and it will probably not work either. It has proven hard enough to get the Saint back on any screen so what use is it to annoy the sh&t out of its true fans?

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    JCRendle wrote:
    http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-02-24/itv-to-resurrect-classic-tv-drama-the-saint
     
    The Saint – otherwise known as the Saville Row-clad righter-of-wrongs Simon Templar – is to be reborn.
    An ITV pilot will revive the scourge of international bad guys, originally invented by Leslie Charteris and played from 1962 to 1969 by Roger Moore before he became James Bond.
    In fact, the pilot episode should be ready to film next year, says Ed Whitmore who is writing the new drama with Chris Lunt – the writer behind the John Simm drama Prey.


    Again? There were four actors who portrayed Simon Templar before Moore (including Louis Hayward and George Sanders). And there were seven actors who portrayed the actor after Moore (most memorably, Ian Ogilvy). So, who's next?


    Why do we need the a coloured man in the traditional role of Simon Templar, like with 007 I find the idea not to my liking and it will probably not work either.

    "Coloured man"? Are we still in the mid 20th century? As for a black man portraying Templar . . . why not? A black man is now portraying Nick Fury. A white woman is portraying a ethnically mixed character like Maria Hill.
  • DRush76 wrote: »

    Again? There were four actors who portrayed Simon Templar before Moore (including Louis Hayward and George Sanders). And there were seven actors who portrayed the actor after Moore (most memorably, Ian Ogilvy). So, who's next?
    Actually Roger was the seventeenth person to portray the Saint and young Mr Rayner was the twenty-seventh...
  • ClarkDevlinClarkDevlin Martinis, Girls and Guns
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    DRush76 wrote: »
    Why do we need the a coloured man in the traditional role of Simon Templar, like with 007 I find the idea not to my liking and it will probably not work either.

    "Coloured man"? Are we still in the mid 20th century? As for a black man portraying Templar . . . why not? A black man is now portraying Nick Fury. A white woman is portraying a ethnically mixed character like Maria Hill.

    I don't mean to spark a flame to a controversial subject, but I don't see a slight bit of relevance in changing the character's heritage. Nick Fury is explained in the comics for why he was African-American, he actually is the son of the original Nick Fury. His real name is revealed to be Marcus Johnson, who happened to be adopting his supposedly ancestral name, becoming 'Nick Fury Jr.' For more information, see this article.

    As for Maria Hill, she completely bears the Caucasian heritage if you look at her drawn outlines and has only been said to have had relation to a fictional Asian territory, not that she's completely of that country and not to mention, heritage. She is a Chicago-born American.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
    edited August 2015 Posts: 16,317
    DRush76 wrote: »

    Again? There were four actors who portrayed Simon Templar before Moore (including Louis Hayward and George Sanders). And there were seven actors who portrayed the actor after Moore (most memorably, Ian Ogilvy). So, who's next?
    Actually Roger was the seventeenth person to portray the Saint and young Mr Rayner was the twenty-seventh...

    Factoid of the Week
    there I think.

    I know that Vincent Price played The Saint on the radio too.
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    Excellent news Ian, I myself all already inquiring if ordering a copy is possible. Liked your "The Saint on the Radio".

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    Some of those actors on that Digital Spy list remind me of the lists about a new Bond... some may be a bit too old. If the new ITV show happens they'll probably go with a young newcomer.
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    If its a well conceived remake.............then the show could be very popular.
    Though i didnt think too much of the 'Return of the Saint' in the 1970's with Ian Ogilvy.

    ...........but with all these bleedin reality shows on TV nowadays, wouldn't it be refreshing to have another action/drama series on TV.

    Incidently, when i was a young lad in 1969, my father nearly moved us to a house next door to Leslie Charteris in Englefield Green, Surrey!
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    Bond and Saint reference in one:
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy My Secret Lair
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    :)) I remember first watching that.
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    I found Moore's Saint at times great, but Ian Ogilvy's reboot was a far more realistic series that brought some brilliant episodes and great location work which in the Moore series was somewhat poor.
    Weren't it for the stupid and ill advised movie with the name of "raise the Titanic" the series would have undoubtedly have more seasons than the two we got. They scraped the show due to money problems of the producers who made a totally shite movie.
  • ClarkDevlinClarkDevlin Martinis, Girls and Guns
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    Well, it was The Saint's nature to be unrealistic as much as it required. I mean, the Roger Moore series are completely down to earth compared to the series of books written by Leslie Charteris. Templar in the novels would just show up in the beginning at the villain's lair, tell them that he will beat them at a specified date and disappear. The rest is history. Did Roger Moore's Saint do that?

    Personally, I am not fond of Ogilvy's series, either.
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    I love the Early Leslie Charteris novels and while I love Roger Moore I truly enjoy the George Sanders movies and the Ogilvy series which was way too short for any Saint fan.
  • SzonanaSzonana Mexico
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    bondjames wrote: »
    Can't wait. They need a good actor for the role though. Maybe someone who can transition into Bond eventually :)

    Those were exactly my thoughts bring back the Saint so can latter be the next Bond.

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