The Saint

Season 5 Episode 18

The Art Collectors

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Aired Unknown Jan 27, 1967 on ITV
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Simon meets several people who are after 3 lost Da Vinci's.

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  • A return to a top-notch Saint story after a series of Season 5 disappointments.

    9.5
    After the disastrous prior episode ("The Death Game"), I had my doubts whether the writers of The Saint could return to anything resembling the charm (or mere sense) of the earlier seasons. I'm very glad to say that they didn't disappoint in the least with The Art Collectors; yet another wonderful entry in the genre of a crime mystery (arguably the best format for the show as opposed to the spy/espionage episodes, and certainly superior to any of the ridiculous oddballs that delve into science fiction or voodoo).



    As usual, we're treated to the excellent array of imposers, false identities, and "good guys" who don't appear to be so. The episode is a class act, with a fantastic quarry of missing da Vinci paintings that are perfectly suited for Roger's sophisticated Templar character; much better than roughshod plots such as "The Reluctant Revolution" - that's what the A-Team was invented for.



    Everything is well done, though I find it a bit irritating that the writers insist on sticking ex-Nazis wherever they can - it's as if they cannot form a plot without them - and if all else fails, they substitute the USSR. It's nevertheless excusable in this case, and the Nazi factor is less prominent than in Little Girl Lost.



    Trust me, you'll enjoy this one - and the bit where Ann Bell explodes at Templar is priceless; especially Moore's reactions.

    Some of the cues in this episode bear a surprising resemblance to John Barry's score for Diamonds are Forever.moreless
Ann Bell

Ann Bell

Natasha Ivanova

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Peter Bowles

Peter Bowles

Serge

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Nadja Regin

Nadja Regin

Lucille Legrand

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