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The Saint - Set 5
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SAINT, THE: SET 5
From the Back Cover
He is a man of means with a past shrouded in mystery. A crusader for justice who is not averse to crossing the law. He is Simon Templar, better known as THE SAINT, and his adventures are now available on DVD for the first time.
Since his debut in Leslie Charteris' 1928 novel Meet the Tiger, The Saint has appeared in over 100 books, on radio, in movies, and even in comic strips. But it was Roger Moore's portrayal of the debonair adventurer on TV that made THE SAINT a household name. Racing toward trouble in his trademark white Volvo, THE SAINT was always too close for the comfort of villains, and just beyond the reach of Scotland Yard's Chief Inspector Teal.
The Gadic Collection: The treasures of an Istanbul museum go missing, and The Saint is the prime suspect. The Best Laid Schemes: A sea captain drowns, but was his death really an accident? Only The Saint can find out. Invitation to Danger: A blonde beauty picks Simon up in a casino. But exactly what game is she playing? Legacy for the Saint: A murder caper, with a Saintly twist.... The Desperate Diplomat: A friend of Simon's in the diplomatic corps disappears--along with $1,000,000. The Organisation Man: Simon enlists as a mercenary in order to stop a hijacking. The Double Take: A businessman claims he is being ruined, and the perpetrator looks very familiar....
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I'm in total agreement with "Trebe," the other reviewer, whose episode reviews are perfect; I'll just add this. "The Saint" series is not to be confused with "The Avengers," or other contemporary shows that went increasingly over-the-top as they progressed. I won't say "The Saint" ALWAYS kept his feet on the ground, but like "Mission Impossible" or "To Catch a Thief," the emphasis was always on a clever caper. Some capers were more clever than others, but for '60s caper entertainment, The Saint almost always trumps the competition!
Considered as a DVD collection, though, this is pretty slight. The recordings of the seven episodes are fine, but the extras are just a gesture. You get each episode's original tv trailers (for the U.S., apparently), a photo gallery of stills from each episode (why?) and a "History of The Saint" section that is just a little bit of text description. If you're just spending a couple of bucks trying to decide whether or not to buy the full collection, though, this is a decent introduction to the series.
Volume 9: (Disc 1)
The Gadic Collection - Episode 98: Rating (4)
This tale is set in Istanbul, and unfolds in classic "Saintly" fashion. While observing an assortment of museum pieces know as the "Gadic Collection", a beautiful young woman catches the Saint's eye, leading to an investigation into the collection's authenticity. Soon, Simon is up to his neck in murder, intrigue and deception. Except for some contrived silliness involving moving spiked walls, this a solid well-written story that holds together. Dark-haired beauty, Nicole Shelby is a plus.
The Best Laid Schemes - Episode 99: Rating (3)
In contrast to his "jet set" type adventures, from time to time The Saint would also become embroiled in more run of the mill "domestic" concerns. Here, Simon is in an English fishing village, when a dead body washes up on shore, apparently that of a cantankerous local sea captain. The Saint looks into the matter, and finds no shortage of suspects. The investigation is further complicated by evidence that the good Captain may still be alive. Who is the dead man, and how did he die? Sylvia Syms guest stars.
Invitation To Danger - Episode 100: Rating (4)
Once again, The Saint is set up to be the fall guy, in this instance he is suspected of robbing the casino of one Brett Sunley, a broker in international espionage. A victim of "the neatest piece of framing since the Mona Lisa", (to use the Saint's own words) Simon is backed into a corner, and forced to come out fighting hard. Featured in this episode is Shirley Eaton, the striking actress who had a golden finish as Jill Masterson, in the movie "Goldfinger". A complicated story with twists and turns aplenty.
Volume 10: (Disc 2)
Legacy For The Saint - Episode 101: Rating (4)
When Ed Brown, an ex-criminal leader is killed, The Saint gets involved with his daughter Penny, and in the execution of the dead man's will. The will challenges four of Brown's former criminal rivals to raise a sum of money, in order to receive a matching amount from Brown's estate. The deceased mobster has also left behind a plan for a criminal caper, one that could provide a payoff big enough for someone to claim the prize. All this, and Claude Eustace too, as the intrepid Inspector Teal from Scotland Yard is also on the case. A young and beautiful Stephanie Beacham guests as daughter Penny. This episode is the first to feature the new theme and closing music for the program.
The Desperate Diplomat - Episode 102: Rating (3)
Jason Douglas an old comrade of the Saint, and a diplomat to an African country, is suspected of stealing a fortune, and has now disappeared. Suspecting that he is in Geneva, Simon Templar arrives there with the missing diplomat's daughter Sara, looking to make contact. Also present is a group of criminals looking to get their hands on the loot. Suzan Farmer guests as Sara, the Saint's resourceful partner. Robert Hardy makes a most dislikable villain.
The Organization Man - Episode 103: Rating (3)
Set in England, The Saint goes undercover for the Queen, infiltrating a paramilitary organization training mercenaries for an unknown mission. Of course Simon's task is to find out just what they are up to. A rather implausible story with a lazy conclusion, that indulges someone's desire to see men in kilts. Why would the Saint ever become a mercenary?
The Double Take - Episode 104: Rating (2)
A fairly ridiculous tale, as the Saint is dragged into helping a Greek shipping tycoon who claims he is being impersonated by a perfect double. A dubious Simon Templar reluctantly agrees to help recover a code book, vital to the control of the tycoon's shipping empire. The screenwriting here is scraping bottom, bordering on the absurd, where irrational behavior by the Saint nearly gets him killed.
The Saint Set 5 starts out very strong, but finishes with some lackluster episodes. Still the collection is one of the better ones in the series. The best of the episodes have a no-nonsense approach, with a harder edge, solid action, and some excellent fight scenes. Overall, the writing is good, and not played for laughs. The bevy of beauties is better than average too, with a few ladies below age thirty for a change. As usual, look for Roger Moore's double in most second unit (location) shots.
One note about the episode numbers. Though there are a few different listings for the program, the listing used is one that most closely matches the "broadcast order" sequence that A&E is issuing them in. Episodes were not always released in the order they were produced or filmed. Fans of the Saint, are invited to view my other reviews of the series.
Jags are cool while Volvos are dowdy.
Oh well, the situation was remedied with James Bond and his Aston DB 5 ( EXTREMELY Cool Machine ).
Look for Italian Secret Agent Marcello Moncasso and his Ferrari ' La Ferrari ' soon at a Theatre near you ( 760 HP'S - MAROOOOOOOONE !! ).