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If less successful. Ian Ogilvy was The Saint in 1978 and 1979.
The show has become sort of a cult show nonetheless I think.
Luckily it got released years ago in Australia on DVD in 2004.
Some years later there was another release on DVD, this time from the UK, in 2007 I think.
There is a ton of special features on it:
-The Saint Steps In To The 70s: Narrated by Roger Moore with Ogilvy contributing.
-Cast and Crew Commentaries
also there is a great booklet included.
The famous titles:
and now prepare for shock: the infamous alternative titles for the continental market like France and Germany :blush:
The Saint And The Brave Goose theme music:
By the way if you want to see more of Ian:
Ogilvy has starred several times in Murder, She Wrote.
- Murder of the Month Club (1994) ... Wade Foster
- Murder in White (1993) ... Lawson Childress
- The Monte Carlo Murders (1992) ... Peter Templeton
- The Sicilian Encounter (1990) ... Peter Baines
- Appointment in Athens (1989) ... Harold Baines
I thought it was as good,and Ogilvy was as good...we beg to differ herr Doctor Thunderfinger..
He was frequently mentioned as a possible new Bond back then, even by Moore himself. Glad that didn t happen.
It's been a long time since I've watched this show even though I have the box set. I must get to it sometime. The score is just superb (not just the title track, but more the incidental music). 70's UK shows have incredible scores.
Too bad that "raise the Titanic" sank any chances of more Ogilvy saintly outings.
Sadly Simon Duttons Saintly movies are mostly hurt by average to poor scripts, even if the movies all have their great moments. The Australia episode is actuallly quite fun while "The Blue Dulac" harks back to the older days of the bookish Saint.
The Simon Dutton The Saint TV movies, I remember them.
I suspect that oversized Halo was intentional ;)
In 2016, they released it on region 1 for US/Canada viewers (through Acorn):
Oh, good to hear. I must collect them at some point. I have most of the Moore series on DVD.
Are they based in any way on Charteris's stories?
I must also correct my previous remark about the ability of the Umbrella Australian version to play on UK players. The Amazon page says that it will, but I noticed on my dvd copy that it is region 4, which is Australia only. I can play it because I have a region free dvd player, but I'm not sure if it will work on a standard UK player.
I'm not that big of a fan of them to be honest. They have that distinctly 80's chintzy made for tv miniseries flavour, and Dutton isn't as charismatic as Moore or Ogilvy.
As for the series, I enjoyed it. I discovered it back when I was becoming a big Bond and anything spy/action related fan. CBS TV in the U.S. would broadcast repeats of The Avengers, the original Saint as well as the New Avengers and Return of the Saint in their late night slots. Avengers and Return were actually shown back to back on Friday nights.
Sadly, the series has never been released in Region 1. I'd definitely own it if it were.
I wish it would be released in Region 1. I haven't seen an episode of ROTS since 1989. I loved it and always thought Ogilvy might have made a dashing Bond. More of a Pierce GE era physical type. Also I loved his work in Witchfinder General and And Now The Screaming Starts among others.
I remember watching them on TV..had a real false look to it,even thought the money is obviously put into it...and no,they are all new stories @Dragonpol .