|A review of the Saint's later career
||[Sep. 17th, 2009|12:17 am]
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 )
I also found a full-length novel, this one not written by Lee, but by Christopher Short.
( The Saint and the Hapsburg NecklaceCollapse )