Based on the literary works of Leslie Charteris, The Saint starred Roger Moore as Simon Templar and ran for six seasons (118 episodes) between 1962 and 1969. The Saint began life on TV as a straightforward mystery series but later developed into secret agent type adventures, the kind that Moore would be more well known for in later years. Ironically in the episode “Luella” Simon templar is actually mistaken for James Bond!
The show is well known for its switch from black and white to colour during its run and the pop culture style influence that had on its audience especially due to the fact that Moore wore his own wardrobe in each episode, as well as his white Volvo P1800 with the number plate ST1.
Another distinguishing factor to the show, in the earlier episodes especially, was Moore as Templar’s ability to break the fourth wall and speak to the audience (long before Deadpool!).
In each episode Templar proceeds to help someone whom conventional agencies are powerless or unwilling to protect, often using methods that skirt the law. Chief Inspector Claud Eustace Teal (Ivor Dean) is on Templar’s case and considers him a criminal, but often grudgingly tolerates his actions for the greater good.
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