Roger Moore, Ian Hendry. While vacationing in Italy, Simon Templar comes across a mysterious man who claims to be from an aristocratic family-the Mafia. 1969/color/95 min/NR/fullscreen.
Roger Moore starred as novelist Leslie Charteris's globe-trotting, mercenary adventurer Simon Templar in a 1963-67 television series
, as well as the subsequent, agreeable TV feature Vendetta for the Saint
. Set against an appealingly sunny Sicilian backdrop, Vendetta
finds Templar, an elegant thief and ethical busybody, outraged when a British banker is murdered after he recognizes an old colleague-turned-Mafia kingpin. The ruthless crime boss, Alessandro Destamio (Ian Hendry), having faked his death during a staged bank robbery, makes several attempts on Templar's life while the latter probes the villain's business and family. (Of course, being Templar, he also dates Destamio's innocent niece and shares a kiss with the bad guy's beleagured mistress.) Vendetta for the Saint
is full of small pleasures, including a nice supporting role by Marco Ponti as a police detective who confides in Templar, and Aimi MacDonald as a lost soul trying to escape Destamio's reach. --Tom Keogh