Set against an appealingly sunny Sicilian backdrop, this movie finds Simon Templar, an elegant thief and ethical busybody, outraged when a British banker is murdered after he recognizes an old colleague-turned-Mafia kingpin.
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Although the release date of this feature length version was December 1968, the fashions and style suggest that it was filmed a lot earlier. The title sequence indeed shows a copyright year of 1966, indicating that this was filmed during the period of the first colour series of The Saint. However, the two part episode of The Saint that made up this feature length version, was not aired until the latter part of the final season. In the rest of those episodes for that final series, Roger Moore's hair is noticeably longer, darker and with longer sideburns. See more »
Mildly Entertaining and a feint tribute to 60s heist and spy films
This feature length British spy film adventure, which dovetailed with the successful TV series of "The Saint", had a limited release and departed slightly from the drama of the series by showcasing the talents of, by then, the light comedy talents of stars, Roger Moore and Sylvia Sims.
Technically, it has a flat TV look with full screen ratio because of its release previously as a two-part TV format. As a flick it works better.
It has an interesting and ingenious plot, and the action, while not particularly suspenseful, is enjoyable and the third act holds up quite well.
Despite it's low budget and a TV stage feel, the film has good production values and is well produced.
The film pays tribute in a small way to a burgeoning new genre of fantasy spy and heist films, and as an aside, several scenes and motifs in the film resemble other such films: Goldfinger (1964), Pink Panther (1964) and Entrapment (1999).
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