ROGER MOORE tours famous back projection blue screens of the world in-between exchanging fisticuffs with fat-necked bug-eyed heavies, opening secret panels, coaxing a mini-skirted moll to change sides and shooting a pistol out of the reach of a struggling evil henchman. Also suffered unlikely medical condition when constant recognition in crowded continental piazza caused tell-tale Colgate ring of confidence to appear over head, instantly blowing undercover operation. Rog later bought up the rights to the Leslie Charteris-created louche gadabout Simon Templar, mounting repeated attempts at relaunches in subsequent decades. Most notable was IAN OGILVY’s stint, replete with ace quasi-singalong theme tune (“It’s the re-TURN of the SAINT!”). SIMON DUTTON donned the halo for a hopeless and shortlived 1989 re-return.
1962 to 1969 and 1978 to 1979 on ITV