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Laura
Don Powell ...
Lomax
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Vidal
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Sheik Kemal
Roger Browne ...
Hendricks
Gigi Reder ...
Valerio
Heidy von Salversberg ...
Contessa Fardango
Karin Skarreso ...
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Roberto Messina ...
Mario
Raffaele De Paolo ...
Assassin
Sergio Doria ...
Brown
Marco Stefanelli ...
Pietro
Mario Novelli ...
Gunman
Donald Tesdahl ...
Journalist
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The Saint is approached by the C.I.A. to work undercover in order to prevent the anticipated assassination of the powerful but unpopular oil sheik Kemal. He is to infiltrate and expose the leader of an international ring of killers known as 'the Murder Cartel'. He arrives in Rome to begin his mission, meeting the attractive but lethal Laura. Written by don @ minifie-1

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28 January 1979 (UK)  »

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The Saint Turns Evil
9 September 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Leslie Charteris complained when he read the script for this episode that it appeared to have been 'written by committee'. Certainly it has an unusually large number of writers - story by Moris Farhi and John Kruse, final script by John Goldsmith - but all were top pedigree and, as a result, this is easily 'Return's' second finest episode ( the first being 'The Armageddon Alternative' ).

Powerful oil baron Sheik Kamal ( Marne Maitland ) ventures outside his hotel in Rome when someone on a motorcycle tries to shoot him. The would-be killer speeds off. Templar gives chase. He then witnesses the gun-man being executed. Behind the murder attempt is a cartel of international assassins - trained killers ready to kill important targets for a high price. Although the attempt on Kamal failed, it is reasonable to assume the cartel will strike again.

Templar, in collaboration with the Italian police, arranges to have a known assassin called Brown involved in a car accident, so that he can then take his place. Looking cool in smart suit and dark shades, the Saint is about to have one of the most dangerous adventures of his life...

Bearing a strong plot similarity to an episode of 'The Champions' entitled 'The Fanatics', this gives Ogilvy the chance to have fun by impersonating a villain. He not only looks cool but is cool. You almost find yourself wishing he would stay in character! There's a great scene

  • almost Bond-like in fact - where he breaks into a safe during a


party, and it culminates in him climbing onto a roof to elude security guards.

As 'Laura', the leader of the organisation, we have the lovely Britt Ekland, tabloid fodder for much of the '70's thanks to her highly publicised affair with Rod Stewart. She co-starred with an earlier 'Saint' - Roger Moore - five years earlier in the Bond film 'The Man With The Golden Gun'. Unlike 'Mary Goodnight', her character here is a ruthless, scheming woman, not a bimbo. The late Marne Maitland appeared in countless films and television series, ( usually cast as villains ). He too appeared in 'The Man With The Golden Gun' ( as 'Lazar' ).

Slickly directed by Tom Clegg, who made the movie 'McVicar', starring Roger Daltrey.


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