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Cult | News | 21 April 2005

Return of the Saint

The Saint coming back to the big screen, again?

The disaster that was the 1997 film version of The Saint starring Val Kilmer hasn't deterred another unnamed production team from trying to bring back the gentleman thief to the multiplex.

The official site of Roger Moore - the TV Simon Templar - recently posted: "There are moves afoot to make a new Saint TV movie. Inspector Teal will be central to it, and the characters will be very faithful to the original stories - it will actually be set in the 1930s, though with a contemporary twist bringing in an ageing Simon Templar. Who will play him I wonder?"

Saint creator Leslie Charteris' site followed up the post with a report confirming the news.

"We can do is confirm that there are moves afoot. If it comes off in line with what Sir Roger's said and in line with some of the material we've seen, then we think Saint fans will be very, very happy but things such as this have a long way to go before they get in front of a camera and all it needs is some cocky American producer to pick up on Val Kilmer's recent comments that he'd like to return to the role for it all to go horribly wrong."

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mark livesey
Personally I havent yet seen the Val Kilmer version the one that put me off was the tv movie done in the late 80's, possibly the worst version of the Saint ever done. However if the new film is going to be based on Leslie Charteris books I look forward to it with worms on my tongue. Obviously I mean with baited breath. Cheers Mark.

Alison Jacobs
It's about time someone actually filmed the books, which are the best of their genre. I hope it goes well. I always thought Pierce Brosnan would be perfect casting and this description sounds like it might be him.

Colin John Francis
I'd like to hear more Radio plays starring Paul Rhys as the Saint. The three that came out nearly ten yaers ago on BBC Radio were fairly faithful to Leslie's books. Even better, they were set in the correct period. I'm surprised thes haven't been issued on CD yet by the BBC Radio Collection. P.S. I also wonder why the BBC have yet to release Michael Jayston's 007 Radio play "You Only Live Twice". This too is worthy of CD release.



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