Simon Templar
The Saint Character

The Sign of The Saint Simon Templar
The Sign of The Saint
First Appearance Meet The Tiger
Created By Leslie Charteris
Portrayed By Louis Hayward
George Sanders
Vincent Price
Roger Moore
Ian Ogilvy
Simon Dutton
Val Kilmer
Tom Conway
Edgar Barrier
Brian Aherne
Hugh Sinclair
Adam Rayner
Gender Male
Occupation Thief
Amateur Detective
Occasional Police Agent
Nationality British

Simon Templar is a fictional character also known as (aka) The Saint. Simon Templar featured in a long-running book series by Leslie Charteris published from 1928 to 1963. After 1963, other authors collaborated with Charteris on books until 1983. Additionally, two additional works produced without Charteris’ participation were published in 1997. The character, Simon Templar, was also portrayed in motion pictures, radio dramas, comic strips, comic books, and 3 television series.


Simon Templar is a criminal similar to Robin Hood known as The Saint; however, the exact reason for his nickname is not known (although we’re told that he was given it at 19 years old). Simon Templar has aliases, often using the initials S.T. such as “Sugarman Treacle” or “Sebastian Tombs”. Blessed with boyish humor, Simon Templar makes humorous remarks and leaves a “calling card” or “signature” at his “crimes”, which is a stick figure of a man with a halo. This is the logo of the books series, the movies, and the 1960s television series. Simon Templar is described as “buccaneer in the suits of Savile Row, amused, cool, debonair, with hell-for-leather blue eyes, and a saintly smile…”[1]

Simon Templar’s origin is still a mystery. He is explicitly British; however, in early books there are references, which suggest that he had spent some time in the United States battling bad guys. Assuming his acquaintance with The Bronx sidekick Hoppy Uniatz dates from this period. In the book series, his income is derived from the pockets of the “ungodly”, as he calls them! There are references to a “10% collection fee” to cover expenses when he extracts large sums from victims, the remainder being returned to the owners, given to charity, shared among Templar’s colleagues, or some combination of those possibilities.

His targets include corrupt politicians, warmongers, and other low lives. “Simon Templar claims he’s a Robin Hood”, bleats one victim, “but to me he’s just a robber and a hood”.[2] Robin Hood appears to be one of the inspirations for the character. Templar stories were often promoted as featuring “The Robin Hood of modern crime” and this phrase to describe The Saint appears in several books. A term used by The Saint to describe his procurements is “boodle” (a term also used in the short story collection).

Simon Templar has an evil side as he is willing to ruin the lives of the “ungodly” and even kill them if he feels that more innocent lives can be saved. Earlier in the book series, The Saint refers to this as murder; however, he considers his actions justified and righteous, a view usually shared by partners and colleagues. Several adventurerers center on his intentionality to kill (e.g., “Arizona” in The Saint Goes West has The Saint planning to kill a Nazi scientist).

During the 1920s and early 1930s, Simon Templar is fighting drug runners, white slavers, and European arms dealers while residing in his London home. The Saint’s battles with Rayt Marius mirror the ‘four rounds with Carl Petersen’ of Bulldog Drummond. During the early 1940s, Leslie Charteris cast The Saint as a voluntary operative of the American government fighting Nazi interests in the United States during the second World War.

Beginning with the “Arizona” novella, The Saint is fighting his own war on Germany. The Saint Steps In discloses that The Saint is working on behalf of a mysterious American government official known as Hamilton, who appears again in the next second Word War-era Saint story, The Saint on Guard, and The Saint is shown continuing to act as a secret agent for Hamilton in the first post-war book, The Saint Sees it Through. Future books move from murder mysteries, wartime espionage, and confidence games and places The Saint as a global journeyman.

According to Saint historian Burl Barer, Charteris made the decision to remove Simon Templar from his usual confidence-game trappings, not to mention his usual co-stars Holm, Orace, Uniatz, and Teal, as they weren’t appropriate for the post-war stories he was writing.[3]

Although Simon Templar functions as an ordinary detective in some stories, others depict ingenious plots to get even with vanity publishers and other rip-off artists, greedy bosses who exploit their workers, con men, etc.

Simon Templar has many partners, though none last throughout the series. For the first half, until the late 1940s, the most recurrent is Patricia Holm, his girlfriend, who was introduced in the first story, the 1928 novel Meet the Tiger, in which she demonstrates herself as a capable adventurer. Patricia Holm appeared erratically throughout the series, sometimes disappearing for books at a time. The Saint and Patricia Holm lived together in a time when common-law relationships were uncommon and, in some areas, illegal.

Leslie Charteris Simon Templar
Many Saint novels were reprinted in new editions in the 1960s to capitalize on the popular television series, starring Roger Moore.

They have an easy, non-binding relationship, as The Saint is shown flirting with other women from time to time; However, his heart remains true to Patricia Holm in the early books, culminating in him considering marriage in the novella The Melancholy Journey of Mr. Teal, only to have Patricia Holm say she had no interest in marriage. Patricia Holm disappeared in the late 1940s and according to Barer’s history of The Saint, Charteris refused to allow Simon Templar a steady girlfriend or for Patricia Holm to return (although according to the Saintly Bible website, Charteris did write a film story that would have seen Templar encountering a son he had with Patricia Holm).

Holm’s final appearance as a character was in the short stories IrisLida, and Luella contained within the 1948 collection Saint Errant, which is the next direct reference to her and does not appear in print until the 1983 novel Salvage for the Saint.

Another recurring character, Scotland Yard Inspector Claud Eustace Teal, could be found attempting to put Simon Templar behind bars, although in some books they work in partnership. In The Saint in New York, Teal’s American counterpart, New York Police Department (NYPD) Inspector John Fernack, was introduced, and he would become, like Teal, an Inspector Lestrade-like foil and pseudo-nemesis in a number of books, notably the American-based World War II novels of the 1940s.

Simon Templar had a band of fellow citizens, including Roger Conway, Monty Hayward, Norman Kent, Peter Quentin, Archie Sheridan, Richard “Dicky” Tremayne (a name that appeared in the 1990s TV series, Twin Peaks), and his ex-military valet, Orace.

In later stories, the dumb-founded and constantly soused but reliable American thug Hoppy Uniatz was at The Saint’s side. Out of The Saint’s companions, only Norman Kent was killed during an adventure (he sacrifices himself to save The Saint in the novel The Last Hero); the other males are assumed to have settled down and married (two to former female criminals: Dicky Tremayne to “Straight Audrey” Perowne and Peter Quentin to Kathleen “The Mug” Allfield; Archie Sheridan is mentioned to have married in “The Lawless Lady” in Enter the Saint, presumably to Lilla McAndrew after the events of the story “The Wonderful War” in Featuring the Saint).

Charteris gave The Saint interests and quirks as the book series went on. Early talents as an amateur poet and songwriter were displayed, often to taunt villains, though the novella The Inland Revenue  established that poetry was a hobby. The Inland Revenue revealed that The Saint wrote an adventure novel featuring a South American hero not far removed from The Saint himself.

The Saint also on occasion would break the fourth wall in an almost meta-fictional sense, making references to being part of a story and mentioning in one story how he cannot be killed so early on; the 1960s television series would also have The Saint address viewers. Leslie Charteris in his narrative also frequently breaks the fourth wall by making references to the “chronicler” of Simon Templar’s adventures and directly addressing the reader and in one instance (the story “The Sizzling Saboteur” in The Saint on Guard) uses his own name. Additionally, in the 1955 story The Unkind Philanthropist, published in the collection The Saint on the Spanish Main, Simon Templar states outright (in his fictional universe) that his adventures are indeed written by a man named Leslie Charteris.

Publishing History of Simon Templar

Leslie Charteris King of the Beggars Simon Templar
A novella published in The American Magazine in May 1947, “The King of the Beggars” was collected in Call for the Saint (1948)

The origins of Simon Templar can be found in early works by Leslie Charteris, some of which predated the first Saint novel, 1928’s Meet the Tiger, or were written after it but before Leslie Charteris committed to writing The Saint series. Burl Barer reveals that an ambiguous early work, Daredevil, not only featured a heroic lead who shared “Saintly” traits; however, also shared his adventures with Inspector Claud Eustace Teal—a character later a regular in The Saint books. Barer writes that several early Saint stories were rewritten from non-Saint stories, including the novel She Was a Lady that appeared in magazine form featuring a different lead character.

Leslie Charteris utilized three formats for delivering his stories. Besides full-length novels, he wrote novellas for the most part published in magazines and later in volumes of 2 or 3 stories. He also wrote short stories featuring the character, again mostly for magazines and later compiled into omnibus editions. In later years these short stories carried a common theme, such as the women The Saint meets or exotic places he visits. Except for Meet the Tiger, chapter titles of The Saint books generally contain a descriptive phrase describing the events of the chapter; for example, Chapter 4 of Knight Templar is titled, “How Simon Templar dozed in the Green Park and discovered a new use for toothpaste”.

Although Leslie Charteris’ novellas and novels had more conventional thriller plots than his confidence game short stories, both novels and stories are well liked. The appeal lies in the vitality of the character, a hero who can go into a brawl and come out with his hair combed and lights a cigarette while taunting his enemy with the signature phrase “As the actress said to the bishop…”

The period of the books begins in the 1920s and moves to the 1970s as the 50 stories progress (the character appearing to be ageless). In the earlier stories most activities are illegal; however, aimed at villains. This happens less frequently in later books. In books written during the second World War, Simon Templar was recruited by the government to help track spies and similar undercover work.[4] Later, The Saint became a cold warrior fighting Communism. The quality of writing also changes. Earlier stories have a freshness, which becomes replaced by doubt in later books. A few Saint books crossed into science fiction and fantasy such as, The Man Who Liked Ants and the early book The Last Hero being examples. One Saint short story, The Darker Drink, was even published in the October 1952 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction[5]. When early Saint books were republished in the 1960s to the 1980s, it was not uncommon to see freshly written introductions by Charteris apologizing for the out-of-date tone; according to a Charteris “apology” in a 1969 paperback of Featuring the Saint, he attempted to update some earlier stories when they were reprinted but gave up and let them sit as period pieces. The 1963 edition of the short story collection The Happy Highwayman contains examples of abandoned revisions; in one story published in the 1930s (“The Star Producers”), references to actors of the 1930s were replaced for 1963 with names of current movie stars; another 1930s-era story, “The Man Who Was Lucky”, added references to atomic power.

Leslie Charteris started retiring from writing books following the 1963’s The Saint in the Sun. The next book to carry Charteris’ name, 1964’s Vendetta for the Saint, was written by science fiction author Harry Harrison, who had worked on the Saint comic strip, after which Charteris edited and revised the manuscript. From 1964 to 1983 another fourteen Saint books would be published, credited to Leslie Charteris; however, written by others. In his introduction to the first, The Saint on TV, Charteris called these volumes a team effort in which he oversaw selection of stories, initially adaptations of scripts written for the 1962–1969 TV series The Saint, and with Fleming Lee writing the adaptations (other authors took over from Lee).

Leslie Charteris and Fleming Lee teamed up on 2 Saint books in the 1970s, The Saint in Pursuit  (based on a story by Leslie Charteris for the Saint comic strip) and The Saint and the People Importers. The “team” writers were usually credited on the title page, if not the cover. One later volume, Catch the Saint, was an experiment in returning The Saint to his period, prior to World War II (as opposed to recent Saint books set in the present day). Several volumes in the future adapted scripts from the 1970s revival television series, Return of the Saint.

The last Saint volume in the line of books starting with Meet the Tiger in 1928 was Salvage for the Saint, published in 1983. According to the Saintly Bible website, every Saint book published from 1928 to 1983 saw the first edition issued by Hodder & Stoughton in the United Kingdom (a company that originally published only religious books) and The Crime Club (an imprint of Doubleday that specialized in mystery and detective fiction) in the United States. For the first 20 years, the stories were first published in Britain with the United States editions following up a year later. By the late 1940s to early 1950s, this situation had been reversed. In one case—The Saint to the Rescue—a British edition did not appear until nearly two years after the American one.

French language books published over 30 years included translated volumes of Leslie Charteris originals as well as novelizations of radio scripts from the English-language radio series and comic strip transformations. Many of these books credited to Leslie Charteris were written by others, such as Madeleine Michel-Tyl.[6]

Leslie Charteris passed away in 1993. Two additional Saint novels appeared around the time of the 1997 film  starring Val Kilmer: a novelization of the film (which had little connection to the Charteris stories) and Capture the Saint, a more faithful work published by The Saint Club and originated by Charteris in 1936. Both books were written by Burl Barer, who in the early 1990s published a history of the character in radio, television, and books.

Leslie Charteris wrote fourteen novels from 1928 to 1971 (the last two co-written), 34 novellas, and 95 short stories featuring Simon Templar. From 1963 to 1997, an additional 7 novels and 14 novellas were written by others.

In 2014, all the Saint books from Enter the Saint to Salvage for the Saint (but not Meet the Tiger nor Burl Barer’s Capture the Saint) were republished in both the United States and United Kingdom.

On Radio

Several radio drama series were produced inBritain, Ireland, and North America. The earliest was for Radio Éireann’s Radio Athlone in 1940 and starred Terence De Marney. Both NBC  and CBS produced Saint series during 1945, starring Edgar Barrier and Brian Aherne. Many early shows were transformations of published books; however, Leslie Charteris wrote several storylines for the series, which were novelized as short stories and novellas.

The longest-running radio incarnation was Vincent Price, who played the character in a series from 1947 to 1951 on 3 networks: CBS, Mutual, and NBC. Like The Whistler, the program had an opening whistle theme with footsteps. Some sources say the whistling theme for The Saint was created by Charteris, while others credit RKO composer Roy Webb. Price left in May 1951, to be replaced by Tom Conway, who played the role for several more months; his brother, George Sanders, had played Templar on film.

The next English-language radio series aired on Springbok Radio in South Africa from 1953 to 1957. These were fresh transformations of the original stories and starred Tom Meehan. Between 1965 and 1966, the South African version of Lux Radio Theatre created a single dramatization of The Saint. The English service of South Africa produced another series radio adventures for six months in 1970–1971. The most recent English-language incarnation was a series of three one-hour-long radio plays on BBC Radio 4 in 1995, all adapted from Charteris novels: Saint OverboardThe Saint Closes The Case and The Saint Plays With Fire, starring Paul Rhys as Templar.

In Film and on Television

Not long after creating The Saint, Leslie Charteris began a long association with Hollywood as a screenwriter. He was successful in getting a major studio, RKO Radio Pictures, interested in a film based on one of his works. The first, The Saint in New York in 1938, based on the 1935 novel of the same name, starred Louis Hayward as Templar and Jonathan Hale as Inspector Henry Farnack, the American counterpart of Mr Teal.

The film was a success and 7 more films followed in quick succession. George Sanders took over the lead role from Hayward and did it for five of those films, while Hugh Sinclair portrayed Templar in the two last. Several of the films were original stories, sometimes based upon outlines by Charteris while others were based loosely on original novels or novellas.

In 1953, British Hammer Film Productions produced The Saint’s Return (known as “The Saint’s Girl Friday” in the United States), in which Hayward returned to the role. This was followed by an unsuccessful French production in 1960.

Roger Moore in The Saint 1969 Simon Templar
Roger Moore as The Saint in 1969.

In the 1960s, Roger Moore revived the role in a long-running television series The Saint. According to the book Spy Television by Wesley Britton, the first actor offered the role was Patrick McGoohan of Danger Man and The Prisoner. The series ran between 1962 and 1969, and Roger Moore remains the actor most closely identified with the character.

Since Roger Moore, other actors played The Saint in later series, notably Return of the Saint (1978 to 1979) starring Ian Ogilvy; the series ran for one season, although it was picked up by CBS network. In the mid-1980s, the National Enquirer and other newspapers reported that Roger Moore was planning to produce a movie based on The Saint with Pierce Brosnan as Templar, but it was never made. (Ironically Brosnan almost became Roger Moore’s immediate successor as James Bond).

A television pilot for a The Saint in Manhattan series starring Australian actor Andrew Clarke was shown on CBS in 1987 as part of the CBS Summer Playhouse; the pilot was produced by Don Taffner, but it never progressed beyond the pilot stage. Inspector John Fernack of the NYPD, played by Kevin Tighe, made his first film appearance since the 1940s in that production, while Templar (sporting a mustache) got about in a black Lamborghini  bearing the ST1 licence plate. In 1989, six movies were made by Taffner starring Simon Dutton. These were syndicated in the United States as part of a series of films titled Mystery Wheel of Adventure, while in the United Kingdom they were shown as a series on ITV.

In 1991, as detailed by Burl Barer in his 1992 history of The Saint, plans were announced for a series of motion pictures. Ultimately; however, no such franchise occurred.

The Saint starring Val Kilmer was made in 1997 but diverged far from Leslie Charteris’ books, although it did revive The Templar’s use of aliases. Kilmer’s Saint is unable to defeat a Russian gangster in hand-to-hand combat and is forced to flee; this would have been unthinkable in a Charteris tale. Whereas the original Saint resorted to aliases that had the initials S.T., Kilmer’s character used Christian saints, regardless of initials. This Saint refrained from killing, and even the main villains live to stand trial, whereas Charteris’ version had no qualms about taking another life.

Kilmer’s Saint is presented as a master of disguise, but Charteris’ version hardly used the sophisticated ones shown in this film. The film mirrored aspects of Charteris’ own life, notably his origins in the Far East, though not in an orphanage as the film portrayed. Sir Roger Moore features throughout in cameo as the BBC Newsreader heard in Simon Templar’s Volvo.

Since the Val Kilmer film, there have been several failed attempts at producing pilots for potential new Saint television series:

On March 13, 2007, TNT said it was developing a one-hour series. The series was to be executive produced by William J. MacDonald and produced by Jorge Zamacona.[7] James Purefoy was announced as the new Simon Templar.[8] [9] Production of the pilot, which was to have been directed by Barry Levinson, did not go ahead. Another attempt at production was planned for 2009 with Scottish actor Dougray Scott starring as Simon Templar. Roger Moore announced on his website that he would be appearing in the new production, which is being produced by his son, Geoffrey Moore, in a small role.[10] This production also did not proceed.

It was announced in December 2012 that a 3rd attempt would be made to produce a pilot for a potential television series. This time, English actor Adam Rayner was cast as Simon Templar and American actress Eliza Dushku as Patricia Holm (a character from the novels never before portrayed on television and only once in the films), with Roger Moore producing.[11] Unlike the prior attempts, production of the Rayner pilot did commence in December 2012 and continued into early 2013, with Roger Moore and Ogilvy making cameo appearances, according to a cast list posted on the official Leslie Charteris website[12] and subsequently confirmed in the trailer that was released.[13] The pilot, which was completed, did not sell and as of 2017 has yet to be officially released.

A new film is currently in preproduction at Paramount Pictures with Dan Stevens cast as The Saint.


Since 1938, a number films have been produced in the United States, France, and Australia based to varying degrees upon The Saint. A few were based, usually loosely, upon Charteris’ stories, but most were original.

This is a list of the films featuring The Saint and of the actors who played Simon Templar:

  • The Saint in New York (1938 – Louis Hayward)
  • The Saint Strikes Back (1939 – George Sanders)
  • The Saint in London (1939 – Sanders)
  • The Saint’s Double Trouble (1940 – Sanders)
  • The Saint Takes Over (1940 – Sanders)
  • The Saint in Palm Springs (1941 – Sanders)
  • The Saint’s Vacation (1941 – Hugh Sinclair)
  • The Saint Meets the Tiger (produced in 1941, released in 1943 – Sinclair)
  • The Saint’s Return (1953 – Hayward) – aka The Saint’s Girl Friday
  • Le Saint mène la danse (1960 – Félix Marten)
  • Le Saint prend l’affût (1966 – Jean Marais)
  • The Fiction Makers (1968 – Roger Moore) – edited from episodes of The Saint
  • Vendetta for the Saint (1969 – Roger Moore) – edited from episodes of The Saint
  • The Saint and the Brave Goose (1979 made for TV – Ian Ogilvy) – edited from episodes of Return of The Saint
  • The Saint in Manhattan (1987 made for TV – Andrew Clarke)
  • The Saint: Wrong Number (1989 – Simon Dutton)
  • The Saint: The Software Murders (1989 – Dutton)
  • The Saint: The Brazilian Connection (1989 – Dutton)
  • The Saint: The Blue Dulac (1989 – Dutton)
  • The Saint: The Big Bang (1989 – Dutton)
  • Fear In Fun Park (1989 – Dutton)
  • The Saint (1997 – Val Kilmer)

In the 1930s, RKO pictures purchased the rights to produce a film transformation of Saint Overboard; however, no such movie was ever produced.

Television Series

This list only includes productions that became TV series and does not include pilots.
  • The Saint (1962 to 1969 – Roger Moore)
  • Return of the Saint (1978 to 1979 – Ian Ogilvy)
  • The Saint – six 100-minute television films, all starring Simon Dutton. Made for London Weekend Television (LWT) in the United Kingdom, it was postponed due to poor rating, but went out as part of The Mystery Wheel of Adventure in the United States:
    • The Brazilian Connection (September 2, 1989)
    • The Blue Dulac (September 9, 1989)
    • Fear in Fun Park, a.k.a. The Saint in Australia) (July 14, 1990, postponed from September 16, 1989 and July 7, 1990)
    • Wrong Number (July 21, 1990, postponed from July 14, 1990)
    • The Big Bang (July 28, 1990)
    • The Software Murders (August 4, 1990)

Three of the most recent actors to play The Saint — Roger Moore, Ian Ogilvy, and Simon Dutton — were appointed vice presidents of “The Saint Club”, which was founded by Leslie Charteris in 1936.

On the Stage

In the late 1940s, Leslie Charteris and sometime Sherlock Holmes’ scriptwriter Denis Green wrote a stage play titled, “The Saint Misbehaves“.

It was never publicly performed as soon after writing it Leslie Charteris decided to focus on non-Saint work. For many years it was thought to be lost; however, two copies are known to exist in private hands, and correspondence relating to the play can be found in the Leslie Charteris Collection at Boston University.

In the Comics

Bob Lubbers' The Saint Comic Simon Templar
Bob Lubbers’ The Saint (October 4, 1959).

The Saint appeared in a long-running series starting as a daily comic strip September 27, 1948 with a Sunday added on March 20, 1949. The early strips were written by Leslie Charteris, who had previous experience writing comic strips, having replaced Dashiell Hammett as the writer of the Secret Agent X-9 strip. The original artist was Mike Roy. In 1951, when John Spranger replaced Roy as the artist, he altered The Saint’s appearance by depicting him with a beard. Bob Lubbers illustrated The Saint in 1959 and 1960. The final two years of the strip were drawn by Doug Wildey before it came to an end on 16 September 1961.

Concurrent with the comic strip, Avon Comics published twelve issues of a The Saint comic book from 1947 to 1952 (some of these stories were reprinted in the 1980s). Some issues included uncredited short stories; an additional short story, “Danger No. 5”, appeared as filler in issue 2 of the 1952 war comic Captain Steve Savage[14].

The 1960s television series is unusual in that it is one of the few major programs of its genre, which was not adapted as a comic book in the United States.

In Sweden, Simon Templar had a long-running comic book published between 1966 and 1985 under the title Helgonet.[15] It originally reprinted the newspaper strip, but soon original stories were commissioned for Helgonet. These stories were also later reprinted in other European countries. Two of the main writers were Norman Worker and Donne Avenell; the latter also co-wrote the novels The Saint and the Templar Treasure and the novella collection Count on the Saint, while Worker contributed to the novella collection Catch the Saint.

A new American comic book series was launched by Moonstone Comics in the summer of 2012; however, it never went beyond a single promotional issue.[16]

Saint Magazine Simon Templar
One of the final issues of The Saint Magazine from 1967 featured reprints of the Saint stories “The Five Thousand Pound Kiss” and “The Export Trade”.

In Magazines

Leslie Charteris also edited or oversaw several magazines that tied in with The Saint. The first of these were anthologies titled The Saint’s Choice that ran for seven issues from 1945 to 1946. A few years later Charteris launched The Saint Detective Magazine (later titled The Saint Mystery Magazine and The Saint Magazine), which ran for 141 issues between 1953 and 1967, with a separate British edition that ran just as long but published different material. In most issues of Saint’s Choice and the later magazines Charteris included at least one Saint story, usually previously published in one of his books but occasionally original. In several mid-1960s issues, however, he substituted Instead of the Saint, a series of essays on topics of interest to him. The rest of the material in the magazines consisted of novellas and short stories by other mystery writers of the day. An Australian edition was also published for a few years in the 1950s. In 1984 Charteris attempted to revive the Saint magazine, but it ran for only three issues.[17]

Leslie Charteris portrayed The Saint in a photo play in Life magazineThe Saint Goes West.

Book Series

Most Saint books were collections of novellas or short stories, some of which were published individually either in magazines or in smaller paperback form. Many of the books have also been published under different titles over the years. The titles used here are the more common ones for each book.

Between 1964 and 1983, the Saint books were collaborative works; Leslie Charteris acted in an editorial capacity and received front cover author credit, while other authors wrote these stories and were credited inside the book. These collaborative authors are noted.

America-only edition combining Featuring the Saint and Alias the Saint (only US edition of these books until the 1960s) Avon paperback has only “The Story of a Dead Man” and “The Impossible Crime” from the previous book.

Year First Publication Title Stories Alternative titles
1928 Meet the Tiger novel Meet – the Tiger!
The Saint Meets the Tiger
Scoundrels Ltd.
Crooked Gold
The Saint in Danger
1930 Enter the Saint “The Man Who was Clever”
“The Policeman with Wings”
“The Lawless Lady”
(Some editions contain only two stories, in different combinations)
1930 The Last Hero novel The Creeping Death
Sudden Death
The Saint Closes the Case
The Saint and the Last Hero
1930 Knight Templar novel The Avenging Saint
1931 Featuring the Saint
(originally published UK only)
“The Logical Adventure”
“The Wonderful War”
“The Man Who Could Not Die”
1931 Alias the Saint
(originally published UK only)
“Story of a Dead Man”
“The Impossible Crime”
“The National Debt”
Avon paperback contains only “The National Debt” and “The Man Who Could Not Die” from the previous book.
1931 Wanted for Murder
(US only)
Paging the Saint
1931 She Was a Lady novel The Saint Meets His Match
Angels of Doom
1932 The Holy Terror “The Inland Revenue”
“The Million Pound Day”
“The Melancholy Journey of Mr. Teal”
The Saint Vs. Scotland Yard
1932 Getaway novel The Saint’s Getaway
Property of the Deceased
Two Men from Munich
1933 Once More the Saint “The Gold Standard”
“The Man from St. Louis”
“The Death Penalty”
The Saint and Mr. Teal
1933 The Brighter Buccaneer “The Brain Workers”
“The Export Trade”
“The Tough Egg”
“The Bad Baron”
“The Brass Buddha”
“The Perfect Crime”
“The Unpopular Landlord”
“The New Swindle”
“The Five Thousand Pound Kiss”
“The Blind Spot”
“The Unusual Ending”
“The Unblemished Bootlegger”
“The Appalling Politician”
“The Owner’s Handicap”
“The Green Goods Man”
1934 The Misfortunes of Mr. Teal “The Simon Templar Foundation”
“The Higher Finance”
“The Art of Alibi”
The Saint in London
The Saint in England
1934 Boodle “The Ingenious Colonel”
“The Unfortunate Financier”
“The Newdick Helicopter”
“The Prince of Cherkessia”
“The Treasure of Turk’s Lane”
“The Sleepless Knight”
“The Uncritical Publisher”
“The Noble Sportsman”
“The Damsel in Distress”
“The Loving Brothers”
“The Tall Timber”
“The Art Photographer”
“The Man Who Liked Toys”
“The Mixture as Before”
(some editions omit the stories “The Uncritical Publisher” and “The Noble Sportsman”)
The Saint Intervenes
1934 The Saint Goes On “The High Fence”
“The Elusive Ellshaw”
“The Case of the Frightened Innkeeper”
1935 The Saint in New York novel none
1936 Saint Overboard novel The Pirate Saint
The Saint Overboard
1937 The Ace of Knaves “The Spanish War”
“The Unlicensed Victuallers”
“The Beauty Specialist”
The Saint in Action
1937 Thieves’ Picnic novel The Saint Bids Diamonds
1938 Prelude for War novel The Saint Plays with Fire
The Saint and the Sinners
1938 Follow the Saint “The Miracle Tea Party”
“The Invisible Millionaire”
“The Affair of Hogsbotham”
1939 The Happy Highwayman “The Man Who was Lucky”
“The Smart Detective”
“The Wicked Cousin”
“The Well-Meaning Mayor”
“The Benevolent Burglary”
“The Star Producers”
“The Charitable Countess”
“The Mug’s Game”
“The Man Who Liked Ants”
(some editions omit the stories “The Charitable Countess” and “The Mug’s Game”; story order also varies between editions)
1940 The Saint in Miami novel none
1942 The Saint Goes West “Arizona”
“Palm Springs”
(Some editions omit “Arizona”)
1942 The Saint Steps In novel none
1944 The Saint on Guard “The Black Market”
“The Sizzling Saboteur”
(Some editions omit the second story, which is often published on its own)
The Saint and the Sizzling Saboteur(single story reprint)
1946 The Saint Sees it Through novel none
1948 Call for the Saint “The King of the Beggars”
“The Masked Angel”
1948 Saint Errant “Judith: The Naughty Niece”
“Iris: The Old Routine”
“Lida: The Foolish Frail”
“Jeannine: The Lovely Sinner”
“Lucia: The Homecoming of Amadeo Urselli”
“Teresa: The Uncertain Widow”
“Luella: The Saint and the Double Badger”
“Emily: The Doodlebug”
“Dawn: The Darker Drink”
1953 The Saint in Europe “Paris: The Covetous Headsman”
“Amsterdam: The Angel’s Eye”
“The Rhine: The Rhine Maiden”
“Tirol: The Golden Journey”
“Lucerne: The Loaded Tourist”
“Juan-les-Pins: The Spanish Cow”
“Rome: The Latin Touch”
1955 The Saint on the Spanish Main “Bimini: The Effete Angler”
“Nassau: The Arrow of God”
“Jamaica: The Black Commissar”
“Puerto Rico: The Unkind Philanthropist”
“Virgin Islands: The Old Treasure Story”
“Haiti: The Questing Tycoon”
(some editions contain only 4 stories)
1956 The Saint Around the World “Bermuda: The Patient Playboy”
“England: The Talented Husband”
“France: The Reluctant Nudist”
“Middle East: The Lovelorn Sheik”
“Malaya: The Pluperfect Lady”
“Vancouver: The Sporting Chance”
1957 Thanks to the Saint “The Bunco Artists”
“The Happy Suicide”
“The Good Medicine”
“The Unescapable Word”
“The Perfect Sucker”
“The Careful Terrorist”
1958 Señor Saint “The Pearls of Peace”
“The Revolution Racket”
“The Romantic Matron”
“The Golden Frog”
1959 The Saint to the Rescue “The Ever-Loving Spouse”
“The Fruitful Land”
“The Percentage Player”
“The Water Merchant”
“The Gentle Ladies”
“The Element of Doubt”
1962 Trust the Saint “The Helpful Pirate”
“The Bigger Game”
“The Cleaner Cure”
“The Intemperate Reformer”
“The Uncured Ham”
“The Convenient Monster”
1963 The Saint in the Sun “Cannes: The Better Mousetrap”
“St. Tropez: The Ugly Impresario”
“England: The Prodigal Miser”
“Nassau: The Fast Women”
“Florida: The Jolly Undertaker”
“Lucerne: The Russian Prisoner”
“Provence: The Hopeless Heiress”
1964 Vendetta for the Saint
(Harry Harrison, Leslie Charteris)
novel none
1968 The Saint on TV
(Fleming Lee, John Kruse)
“The Death Game”
“The Power Artist”
(novelization of TV scripts)
1968 The Saint Returns
(Fleming Lee, John Kruse, D.R. Motton, Leigh Vance)
“The Dizzy Daughter”
“The Gadget Lovers”
(novelization of TV scripts)
1968 The Saint and the Fiction Makers
(Fleming Lee, John Kruse)
novelization of TV script none
1969 The Saint Abroad
(Fleming Lee, Michael Pertwee)
“The Art Collectors”
“The Persistent Patriots”
(novelization of TV scripts)
1970 The Saint in Pursuit
(Fleming Lee, Leslie Charteris)
novelization of comic strip none
1971 The Saint and the People Importers
(Fleming Lee, Leslie Charteris)
novelization of TV script none
1975 Catch the Saint
(Fleming Lee, Norman Worker)
“The Masterpiece Merchant”
“The Adoring Socialite”
1976 The Saint and the Hapsburg Necklace
(Christopher Short)
novel none
1977 Send for the Saint
(Peter Bloxsom, John Kruse, Donald James)
“The Midas Double”
“The Pawn Gambit”
1978 The Saint in Trouble
(Graham Weaver, John Kruse, Terence Feely)
“The Imprudent Professor”
(Return of the Saint episode novelization)
“The Red Sabbath”
1979 The Saint and the Templar Treasure
(Graham Weaver, Donne Avenell)
novel none
1980 Count on the Saint
(Graham Weaver, Donne Avenell)
“The Pastors’ Problem”
“The Unsaintly Santa”
1983 Salvage for the Saint
(Peter Bloxsom, John Kruse)
(Return of the Saint episode novelization)
1997 The Saint
(Burl Barer, Jonathan Hensleigh, Wesley Strick)
film novelization none
1997 Capture the Saint
(Burl Barer)
novel none

Omnibus Editions

Year First Publication Title Stories From
1939 The First Saint Omnibus The Man Who was Clever
The Wonderful War
The Story of a Dead Man
The Unblemished Bootlegger
The Appalling Politician
The Million Pound Day
The Death Penalty
The Simon Templar Foundation
The Unfortunate Financier
The Sleepless Knight
The High Fence
The Unlicensed Victuallers
The Affair of Hogsbotham
Enter the Saint
Featuring the Saint
Alias the Saint
The Brighter Buccaneer
The Brighter Buccaneer
The Holy Terror
Once More the Saint
The Misfortunes of Mr Teal
The Saint Goes On
The Ace of Knaves
Follow the Saint
1952 The Second Saint Omnibus The Star Producers
The Wicked Cousin
The Man Who Liked Ants
Palm Springs
The Sizzling Saboteur
The Masked Angel
The Happy Highwayman
The Happy Highwayman
The Happy Highwayman
The Saint Goes West
The Saint On Guard
Call For The Saint
Saint Errant
Saint Errant
Saint Errant
Saint Errant

French Adventures

A number of Saint adventures were published in French over a thirty year period, many of which have yet to be published in English. Many of these stories were ghost written by Madeleine Michel-Tyl and credited to Charteris (who exercised some editorial control). The French books were generally novelizations of scripts from the radio series, or novels adapted from stories in the American Saint comic strip. One of the writers who worked on the French series, Fleming Lee, later wrote for the English-language books.[6]

Unpublished Works

Burl Barer’s history of The Saint identifies two manuscripts that to date have not been published. The first is a collaboration between Leslie Charteris and Fleming Lee called Bet on the Saint that was rejected by Doubleday, the American publishers of the Saint series. Leslie Charteris, Barer writes, chose not to submit it to his United Kingdom publishers, Hodder & Stoughton. The rejection of the manuscript by Doubleday meant that The Crime Club’s long-standing right of first refusal on any new Saint works was now ended and the manuscript was then submitted to other United States publishers, without success. Barer also tells of a 1979 novel titled The Saint’s Lady by a Scottish fan, Joy Martin, which had been written as a present for and as a tribute to Charteris. Charteris was impressed by the manuscript and attempted to get it published, but it too was ultimately rejected. The manuscript, which according to Barer is in the archives of Boston University, features the return of Patricia Holm.

According to the Saintly Bible website, at one time Charteris biographer Ian Dickerson was working on a manuscript (based upon a film story idea by Leslie Charteris) for a new novel titled Son of the Saint, in which The Saint shares an adventure with his son by Holm. The book has, to date, not been published.[18]

Pilot with The Saint icon Simon Templar
Pilot with The Saint icon.

In Popular Culture

In the 2003 BBC documentary series, “Heroes and Weapons of World War II” titled “The Man Who Designed the Spitfire” (Episode 2) at approximately 18 minutes in the film a Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot is seen at rest in his dispersal hut with a large ‘The Saint’ stick man logo on his flying gear (see image at right). He is perhaps showing some personal identification with The Saint’s own war against Germany in the novella ‘Arizona’.


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  2. Charteris, L., Dickerson, I., & Rayner, A. (29 July, 2014). The Sporting Chance. In The Saint Around the World. Seattle, WA: Thomas & Mercer. (Original work published 1956). ISBN 9781477842904.
  3. Barer, B. (2003). The Saint: a complete history in print, radio, film, and television of Leslie Charteris Robin Hood of modern crime, Simon Templar, 1928-1992. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. ISBN 9780786416806.
  4. Templar’s behind-the-scenes work for the war effort, only hinted at initially, is confirmed in The Saint Steps In (The Crime Club, 1942)
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