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Templar needs to be a tough man of stature. An alpha male gentleman who's sophisticated, enjoys the finer things in life, and is a troubleshooting adventurer. Not a mercenary, not a spy, not a burglar. He needs to look like just stepped out of the 1940s, looking rugged and handsome at the same time, a man you can respect and feel intimidated by. Same way with Bond.
Nowadays, we lack those kind of actors. So, it'd be preferable to start hiring the type over casting effeminate actors or nightclub bouncers in roles as such. I don't need an Eddie Redmayne or a boy band member playing a hero I looked up to, nor do I need a Tom Hardy or a Jason Statham picking up on it.
From what I remember it did well and ran for 2 or 3 series..my family loved it !
Exactly.....there needs to be a balance with Templar,between playboy dandy and tough guy.
That's why I think Hiddleston is the obvious choice,charm wise and physique wise.
Typcasting is a sin in Hollywood, these days.
That's the problem,and that's why these films/productions flop,by trying to be too clever.
Look at Dr Who for an example of that atm.
And an excellent burglar at that,indeed @Ludovico !!
He does love his jewellery does our Mr Templar !
Inspector Teal would require some comical relief about it considering how he’s got a friendly rivalry of a relationship with Templar... Can’t think of one right now, but here’s bit of an unusual choice: Hugh Laurie?
Yes is is and was the Robin Hood that robbed the wicked and the criminals.
He still stole from the wicked he deemed fit for a visit and was a very accomplished cat burglar as well. There are some early tales in which he deemed wealth enough of a reason to do a visit to its owner.
He is a burglar even if he steals for the Ungodly and the wicked.
The Saint was a hero to the masses and a terror for the wicked. Whenever he showed his face people were sure to think he was there for them en hence made the mistake to engage him on his turf. He loved the conman especially if he could trick them.
A lot of his gentleman ways were in sense borrowed for the early 007 movies, the Saint being a far more quintessential Englishman with a razorsharp sense of humor that was sorely missed by Flemings original hero.
As a side note, was anyone aware that Charteris also created the famous "eight-note theme" tune that has been used throughout the Moore and Ogilvy years?
Ogilvy, next to Roger is my favorite Templar. Suave, dashing and humorous. I thought he was a great Saint. I'd love to get his Saint episodes on DVD or Blu-ray, but they're not available in Region 1.
I also remember Simon Dutton's version vaguely. His 6 Saint films were released on DVD a few years back. Wouldn't mind seeing those again as well.
Yes, I liked Ogilvy as well. Though it's my understanding that none of his episodes where based on any of Charteris' own stories. Possibly because Roger Moore had used them all up during his stint? Whilst, I think Simon Dutton looked great facially, apart from his hideous hairstyle which was even dated back in the Eighties, he was no match for Ogilvy. His series was also saddled with less favourable production values and a far-less glamorous car, a Jensen Interceptor. Oh, and the most godawful theme tune imaginable. Awful, truly awful.
Charteris created the theme that is heard in the George Sanders and Hugh Sinclair films, the radio show, and Seasons 5-6 of the Roger Moore TV show (Seasons 1-4 used a different theme by Edwin Astley).
Just to correct @bondsum -- it was Sanders who appeared in the films and his brother Tom Conway in the radio show (replacing Vincent Price).
The radio episodes, by the way, used original stories -- none of them written by Charteris or based on his work -- and some of them were devised by actor Dick Powell (Philip Marlowe in MURDER, MY SWEET), who had his own excellent radio program, Richard Diamond: Private Detective.
Ton Conway also did a stint as the Saint on old time radio.
Leslie Charteris did initially tried to start the radio show the Saint and actually there is one show in which he actually voices the Saint. Many early shows were adaptations of published stories, although Charteris wrote several storylines for the series which were novelised as short stories and novellas.
The Saint radio show was at his most successful in the Vincent Price incarnation, there have been released several boxsets of the Saint radioshows with an extra booklet written by Ian Dickerson as well as a book The Saint on the Radio. A very interesting book for Saintly fans.
@SaintMark Leslie never voiced the Saint. The episode I suspect you're thinking of, which was an unaired pilot, featured his good friend Denis Green as Simon.
@Escalus5 Actually Leslie produced the first two series of the Saint on the radio and many of the episodes were based on his original stories. And he often shared writing credit on some of the scripts.
... on the Edgar Barrier and Brian Aherne radio shows, but have any of those episodes survived?
I was referring to the Vincent Price / Tom Conway iteration of the program, which people here are far more likely to have heard. To my understanding, Charteris had nothing to do with the program by then (collecting the checks, that's about it).
I was probably thinking of Mickey Spillane playing his own gumshoe Mike Hammer. Thanks Hoppy.
i am the only one who does aren't i
I am looking forward to this as long as its good
Cant be any worse than the Val Kilmer film!!
I am more of fan of the old B/W movies with George Sanders to name one name, and I do hope we get a period piece instead of a new modern Saint. Even if I enjoyed the last tv attempt.