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Vincent Price Blogathon: The Saint

It’s the day of the Vincent Price Blogathon, when we celebrate one of the most iconic, elegant and versatile actors ever to grace the silver screen, Vincent Price. Most of us know him for his huge catalog of horror movies, but Price was also a star in film noir and in costume dramas, he had a fine comic spirit and one of the most distinctive voices in Hollywood.

He worked in movies, TV and radio, and outside of his acting career, he was an art expert and an excellent cook.

The blogathon is hosted by Realweegiemidget Reviews and Cinematic Catharsis, so point your browser in that direction, for a huge selection of posts about Vincent Price, his life and his art.
And then come back here, because we are going to take a look at a side of Price’s work hat is often overlooked, and we’ll explore Price’s own take on one of the great iconic characters of classic thriller fiction… Simon Templar, aka The Saint.

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One that got away: The Saint (2017)

Yesterday I found out a friend of mine is a long time fan of Simon Templar, both in the Leslie Charteris novels and the Roger Moor TV series from the ’60s. Something I’d have never suspected, knowing her.
This led to this and that and I found out the aborted pilot movie for the planned reboot of the series, that was announced in 2012, is now available on Youtube, for less than four bucks – the price of a big serving of ice cream.

So I served myself a big bowl of dark chocolate ice cream, and I sat down for 90 minutes to watch what might have been.

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The Saint that didn’t happen

Here’s something that should have happened, but did not.
I am so very sorry and frustrated about this.
The Saint.
Produced by Sir Roger Moore, featuring Moore himself and Ian Ogilvy.
With Adam Rayner as Simon Templar.
And Eliza Dushku (beautiful talented actress, I’d pay to watch her breathe1) as the Saint’s partner in crime.

But apparently the series is on indefinite hiatus – and it’s been since 2014.

  1. does this sound creepy? It does, doesn’t it?