The Saint travels to the Italian ski resort of Cortina for a holiday. Here he is approached by American Diane Lang, who asks him to help her find her brother's killer. Diane runs a ski ... See full summary »

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The Saint travels to the Italian ski resort of Cortina for a holiday. Here he is approached by American Diane Lang, who asks him to help her find her brother's killer. Diane runs a ski school though the Saint is about to discover that it is really a front for more lethal activities. Written by don @ minifie-1

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21 January 1979 (UK)  »

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The Saint on skis!
9 August 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The Saint is on a skiing holiday in Cortina, Italy ( yes, there again! ) when he witnesses a murder. The deceased belonged to a club run by skiing instructor Diana Lang ( Rula Lenska ). Simon joins and discovers that she, along with a group of men, are plotting to hijack a gold bullion van and make off with the booty on sleds. The dead man was a part of the gang, but changed his mind about participating in the robbery, hence his death at the hands of Corey ( John Nolan ).

Simon inveigles his way into the gang, even sleeping with Diana ( the things this man does in the name of law and order! ), while waiting for an opportunity to thwart the scheme...

Written by the brilliant Tony Williamson, whose credits include episodes of 'The Avengers', 'Adam Adamant Lives!', and 'The Champions', this is not one of his best offerings, resembling as it does a cut-price 'Goldfinger' on skis. The Cortina location would be used two years later in the Bond movie 'For Your Eyes Only'. The gang's plan is to stop the van by starting a mini-avalanche. A risky strategy, surely? One miscalculation and the van - and the people robbing it - could have been buried.

As 'Diana', Rula Lenska's poor American accent is about as convincing as Felicity Kendal's was in 'Honey For Tea' ( 1994 ). John Nolan was 'Geoff Hardcastle' in the second season of the B.B.C.'s sci-fi drama 'Doomwatch'.

The sight of Templar in bed with a woman must have been a shocker in 1979. Amazing what snow does for some people...


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