There will not be another Saint movie from Paramount however they are considering a possible Saint TV show...
Honorary Secretary, The Saint Club
I've only read two Saint novels, but I enjoyed them (and the one episode of the old TV series that I saw), I even, heretically liked the movie - it wasn't the Saint, but it was enjoyable. (I know, I know, I'll get stoned off the page now.) Anyway, a new TV series sounds good (there certainly isn't much on worth watching these days). As to earlier questions about why no reprints - I have two suggestions, the aformentioned long word bias (a how-to write-a-mystery-book I read said "never use polysilabic words", besides the publishers probably can't figure out how to pronounce his name (Charteris, that is).
'Never use polysyllabic words'? the guy broke its own rule. Still, I suppose SOMEONE has to cater for Algy.
Gervase Charmley - 11:15am Oct 15, 1998 PST (#1 of 5)
Spy!?! The saint was never a spy. That's the mistake the writers of the 'Saint' film
made. You can find out about Charteris' other books at www.saint.org. But they are
very, very difficult to find. An old lag on the second hand trail, I have only found
one, it was entitled 'X-esquire' I didn't have the money to buy it and when I
returned it was gone. For most of his life, Charteris devoted himself to The Saint. If
you want a good introduction to The Saint, I would recconmend highly the
following books. -The Saint Meets The Tiger. The first ever Saint Book. -Enter The
Saint: In which The Saint's gang is introduced. -The Last Hero (aka The Saint
Closes The Case): This book is referred to several times in following volumes of
The Saint Saga. -The Holy Terror (aka The Saint vs Scotland Yard): This one is one
of the best. -The Saint in New York: I just happen to think the romantic interest in
this one is, after Pat Holm, The nearest anyone ever got to being The Saint's equal.
-The Saint Sees it Through: In which The Saint kills his first woman. Again, it's
simply a cracking good read. And I could go on all night. But by then I would have
reccommended to you everything Charteris ever wrote.
Hugh Drummond - 07:08am Nov 13, 1998 PST (#2 of 5)
I'll always answer a nice request. Leslie Charteris' other novels are actually
relatively few. 'White rider' and 'Lady on a train' are two titles that spring to mind.
Mr. Charmley's list of reccommended Saint books looks pretty complete, though I'd
add 'The Brighter Buccaneer' to it.
Hugh Drummond - 07:23am Nov 13, 1998 PST (#3 of 5)
A trip to The Saint's website and back furnished me with this information. Charteris
wrote only five other major books besides The Saint. Namely, X-Esquire, The
White Rider, Daredevil, The Bandit and Juan Belmonte, killer of bulls, which is
alluded to in one of the later Saint books.
Jean Malone - 01:43pm Nov 29, 1998 PST (#4 of 5)
I watched the movie The Saint in Geography class (long explanation of why). It was
the one with Val Kilmer, and I loved it. I assumed it was based on a book, and my
mom knew the author. I'm looking for any of these books. I just finished Vendetta
for the Saint (the only copy my local library had) and I've put these books on my
Christmas list. After Christmas I will probably begin a thorogh search of ever used
book store and library in and out of the area.
Hugh Drummond - 10:33am Dec 7, 1998 PST (#5 of 5)
Thou wilt be nicely surprised. That manicured excrescence (Val Kilmer, but don't
tell him 'cos he's apt to sue) didn't have the brains or the guts to play the REAL
Saint. The REAL Saint (whom you shall discover if you read any of the early
books, or the later ones, had the nack of smiling when he'd just been beaten up, of
humor, and good looks (And I'm talking REAL good looks here). Fortunately the
film wasn't based on a book. Go find 'The Last Hero' Then you will know The
Saint (sorry, I forgot, the publishers changed the title to 'The Saint Closes The
Case', I have an early edition.