[[caption-width-right:350:[-"Baby I can see your halo, you know you're my saving grace..."-] ]]
->''"You're the famous Simon Templar!"''
-->-- The end of [[OncePerEpisode every]] pre-credits sequence
The series started in 1962. Its hero is charming, intelligent, British and ready to fight the bad guys -- [[Film/JamesBond not to mention played by]] RogerMoore. We're talking, of course, about '''''The Saint'''''.
Created by Leslie Charteris in a series of books Simon Templar, nicknamed The Saint ([[DontExplainTheJoke because of his initials]]), is a world-famous amateur detective who operates as a modern-day Robin Hood. Many episodes of the Moore series adapted short stories and novels from the book series.
After it finished in 1969, it was followed by the TV show ''TheReturnOfTheSaint'' in 1978 starring Ian Ogilvy.
!!''The Saint'' provides examples of the following tropes:
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Early seasons began each episode with Simon Templar talking directly to the audience to set the scene for the episode. When the series moved to color production, this was dropped in favor of off-screen narration.
** Upon people recognising him, The Saint will often look upwards (and then often at the camera - see the illustration on this page for an example) as an animated halo appears to segue into the credits.
* ColdOpen: Home of the aforementioned fourth wall breaking.
* CoolCar: The white Volvo P1800.
* CreatorBacklash: To hit the hour-long runtime, some of Charteris's stories would have extra plot or padding (all the black-and-white episodes are based on short stories, novellas or even novels; the colour episodes featured more original scripts, but some were still based on published works). Harry Junkin, the script editor, would find that Charteris had left notes on the scripts saying "Fit for junkin".
** Despite this, however, Charteris would later oversee the novelisations of several TV episodes, which would be written by staff writers but published (initially) under Charteris' name.
* DirectedByCastMember: Roger Moore did several episodes (and as pretty much the only regular cast member, he's the only candidate here).
* DisguisedInDrag: [[spoiler:The villain of the first episode drags up as an old woman so he can murder his wife.]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Most episodes, especially in the black-and-white episodes, are called The Adjective Noun. ("The Careful Terrorist", "The Covetous Headsman", "The Romantic Matron", and so on.)
* InspectorAntagonist: Chief Inspector Teal.
* SettingUpdate: The stories are contemporary, despite being based on a book series that started in the 1920s.
* ShoutOut: one early black and white episode features a rare case of a ''predictive'' shout out. At the end of an epsiode, a middle-aged woman tells Templar she knows who he really is: Franchise/JamesBond. After this, Templar breaks the fourth wall as the Saint halo appears above his head (a rare case of this happening at the ''end'' of an episode). Moore, of course, would go on to play Bond in the 1970s, though he ''did'' appear as Bond in a spoof for a British TV show during his time as the Saint.
** Moore was also the first choice to play Film/JamesBond in ''Film/DrNo'', but he was tied in to his contract to play The Saint, and they had to go with SeanConnery instead.