Wednesday, 6 August 2008
BOYHOOD IDOLS - THE SAINT
The Saint, created in 1928 by Leslie Charteris, but first glimpsed by these eyes during the early seventies in the dashing guise of Roger Moore in the long running ITC TV series. Course I remember one or two of the old black and white movies playing on BBC2 with George Sanders as The Saint but these were too dark for me at that time.
It took me years for me to come out of the comfort zone of the TV series but when I did I was delighted. And a study of the old movies led me to the original books which I devoured as a teenager, even sending my few quid off to join the world famous Saint Club.
These days I think I know the character pretty well and have read most of the original novels and several of those written by other hands under the Charteris byline. I recently re-read The Saint in New York and was amazed to rediscover how hardboiled it was and how brilliant a concept was the character of Simon Templer. I've even managed to buy the entire run of the old radio series, starring Vincent Price as Templer from an Old Time Radio Dealer.
Posted by Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin at 03:06