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Hi ... **shy wave.** [Jan. 25th, 2016|09:21 pm]
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insaneladybug
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Hello, fellow Saint fans. I've been a fan for a couple of years or more and have gone through the post archives several times. I decided now that I would go ahead and join, even though there hasn't been much activity for a while. But I have to admit, I'm more a fan of the television series than the books, so I generally feel a little blasphemous!

I offer a Saint fanfiction story I just finished. I had the idea for it a year and a half ago. I wasn't sure if it would ever come together, but when I started to write, it flowed. It is TV show-based and not book-based. It took me a while to think of a title that might not immediately get me flame-throwed, but I like the one I finally chose. If anyone is interested, it's here:

Swan Song for The Saint


The summary goes as follows: Simon Templar appears to be dead. What could have led up to this, and is everything really the way it seems to be?

In any case, I look forward to hopefully talking with fellow Saint fans and maybe waking up the community a bit. :) Thank you!
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New TV series in the works [Dec. 11th, 2012|07:13 pm]
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swordznsorcery
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A new TV series has been mooted for some time, but this time it looks set to go ahead. Set in the modern day (they tried to go for a period piece, but couldn't get a broadcaster interested), it's to star Adam Rayner as Templar, and Eliza Dushku as Patricia. Ian Dickerson, a big Saint fan - who did actually know Leslie Charteris - is serving as creative consultant. Could work. LJ is absolutely refusing to allow me to post a link to the news site that broke the story, so hopefully a second-hand source will suffice (here). Most reports are making it sound like a remake of the old TV series, with no mention at all of the books, but Ian Dickerson has himself denied that it's a remake. I'm not sure what to make of the casting of Simon. Not an actor I've heard of before, and to me he doesn't have that "Saintly" look, but we'll see. I'm very pleased that they're including Patricia this time though! A great character. I can see Eliza Dushku doing a good job.

The books are set to be republished next year as well, so that should be good news, however the TV series turns out! Not including "Meet The Tiger", as that's still forbidden by Charteris's own request.
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1936 Film Footage of Leslie Charteris [Jan. 31st, 2011|01:27 am]
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suededsilk
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Interested in seeing (and hearing) a relatively young Leslie Charteris on film?  I recently stumbled across this 30-second clip from May 1936, of Charteris being interviewed about his experience on the Hindenburg's first voyage to the United States.

Side note for the history/zeppelin buffs: hitting the "previous/next video" buttons will take you to commentary from other Hindenburg passengers.


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Saintly Stickfigure Sighting [Jan. 29th, 2011|08:42 pm]
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nuranar
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I just concluded a Saint book swap of a couple duplicates on Paperback Swap, and the other participant sent me an old news story.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38339576/ns/world_news-africa/

I vaguely remember hearing about it before - a couple in a small sailboat off South Africa aggravated a whale into leaping onto the boat itself - but take a look at pictures 1 and 5:



Looks very photoshopped to me - if not, staged - but look at the sail!

And here, on the front of the cabin:



I'm just surprised that the boat is named "Intrepid" instead of something a little more obviously Saintly.  A giant haloed stickfigure on the sail isn't exactly subtle!
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Help finding a quote [May. 12th, 2010|08:32 pm]
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suededsilk
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I'm afraid I don't have an interesting review or discussion topic, but I do have a question.  A phrase from one of the Saint books has been running around in my head, but I can't remember the exact wording or what book it's in.  So I'm posting here, in hopes that it might ring a bell with somebody.

There's a passage in one of the stories - and I'm 99% sure it was one of the *very* early, Saint gang-era adventures - that talks about the Saint's ritzy new apartment in London, and the fact that he doesn't have any money (at the moment) to pay for the rent, but the Saint isn't worried about it in the least.  (Presumably because they'll find somebody to rob something will turn up.)  The sentence I'm thinking of says something about "better to be hanged for a dead lion than a foot-and-mouth diseased lamb"...or something roughly along those lines. :P

I was certain I originally read it in Enter the Saint, but I've flipped through said book and found nothing...as well as a few other books with early Saint stories It's not life-or-death, but if it rings a bell with anyone, I'd love to know where to look!


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Programming note and a photo [May. 8th, 2010|09:45 am]
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jordannamorgan
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For June 8th, TCM has scheduled a primetime/overnight marathon of the RKO Saint films--and for that reason, their latest Now Playing guide includes a picture I hadn't seen before.

A scan for my fellow Saint fansCollapse )
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Saint Icons [Nov. 30th, 2009|09:27 am]
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jordannamorgan
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Well, actually, these are two dozen icons of George Sanders. Only about half of them specifically concern his role as the Saint, but many of the general ones could pass as Saintly too, so I thought I might as well share them all here. :)

Under certain conditions, I simply can't resist the temptation to be a cad.Collapse )
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A review of the Saint's later career [Sep. 17th, 2009|12:17 am]
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suededsilk
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I know most of us prefer the original, Charteris-written Saint stories, but when there is a dearth of them at the library, what is one to do? Bite the (metaphorical) bullet and read the adaptations, of course!

The Saint on TV, The Saint Abroad, The Saint Returns, and Catch the Saint were all collaborations with Fleming Lee, starting with The Saint on TV, written in 1968. With the exception of Catch the Saint, every story was an adaption of an episode from the Roger Moore TV show. Not having seen the show, the plots were entirely new to me; I don't know whether they were seriously altered from their TV form.

On the whole, I wasn't immensely impressed; the collaborations have their own flavour, and the whimsical humour that I so love about the older Saint books seems to be missing. (The heroines, too, aren't anything special. I am of the humble opinion that the quality of Charteris' - or his ghostwriters' - heroines declined steadily after the 1950s. How on earth does Simon tolerate flighty, clueless, abominably ignorant females after the likes of Pat Holm and Loretta Page?) But they're still Saint stories, and Fleming Lee certainly did a good job writing about another author's character. I probably won't be adding these to my collection anytime soon, but they're pleasant light reading. :)

And now for a very long review...Collapse )

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I also found a full-length novel, this one not written by Lee, but by Christopher Short.

The Saint and the Hapsburg NecklaceCollapse )
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Here there be monsters - The Fantastic Saint [Jul. 28th, 2009|10:25 pm]
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suededsilk
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Hello, fellow Saint fans!

I've been busily reading new-to-me Saint books, and thought I'd share a review. The latest two on my list were The Saint in Europe and The Fantastic Saint. I know someone's reviewed The Saint in Europe already, so I won't bother. But I haven't seen any mention of The Fantastic Saint, a collection of 6 short stories featuring Simon Templar in out-of-the-ordinary situations. I should say, even more out of the ordinary, even for the Saint. :)

Trouble is one of the things that sort of happen to me, like other people have colds.Collapse )

Anyone else read The Fantastic Saint, or any of the stories by themselves?
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Charteris and the Hindenburg [Nov. 24th, 2008|08:06 pm]
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jordannamorgan
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For anyone who gets the Weather Channel (of all things): you can catch a tiny glimpse of our favorite globe-trotting crime writer this week.

Their series "When Weather Changed History" is rerunning an episode on the crash of the Hindenburg. About seven minutes into it, they show some newsreel clips of passengers talking about the zeppelin's maiden voyage--and one of them is Leslie Charteris, monocle and all. :) It's only a couple of seconds long, but it's quite fascinating to see and also hear the genius behind the Saint.

The episode will air a couple of times a night through Saturday.
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