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    What would Simon Templar drive today? (Or in 2016.)

    http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-...rama-the-saint



    Given how iconic the P1800 became in the original television series, I'll be interested to see what they have 'The Saint' driving this time round.

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    My money would be on a Tesla.

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    Probably something PC like a Prius

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    Eagle low drag GT......... If he could get me out of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firesam View Post
    Eagle low drag GT......... If he could get me out of it!
    Now that is epic. The only E Type to beat that in my book would be one of Jaguars light weight continuation cars. Just.

    I'd probably put Templar in an F-Type though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groundrush View Post
    Now that is epic. The only E Type to beat that in my book would be one of Jaguars light weight continuation cars. Just.

    I'd probably put Templar in an F-Type though
    +1, although that new Volvo above looks rather stunning so would probably fit the new age Saint.

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    I seem to remember that S.T. drove a Volvo because he did not get an Aston.

    I would suggest an Alfa Romeo, possibly a Guiletta, not too sporty but beautiful and capable...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    I seem to remember that S.T. drove a Volvo because he did not get an Aston.
    Apparently in the Charteris books he drives a Hirondel. (No I hadn't either.) - http://www.saint.org/volvo.htm

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    Last time he drove a white XJS, didn't he?

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    A Friend of mine has just had a full rebuild on the same car,Looks superb too.

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    I think a white Alfa 4C Would be the one.

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    The Hirondel of the Saint books was a fictional, but expensive, and powerful, four seater. It's a French sounding name and its value and specification would put it on a par with a 1930's Bentley, Rolls or Bugatti. He was often accompanied by his various associates - so he needed 4 seats.

    So, what's today's equivalent of that, rather than of the pretty but not especially powerful Volvo P1800? (As an aside, my grandparents, before either the Bond movies or the Saint TV series came out, had an Aston DB4, and a Volvo P1800, respectively). I'd suggest that it has to be something large, beautiful and powerful, as well as expensive. This guy is a successful and wealthy gentleman thief, not an East End gangster with a modern MkII Jag.

    Modern equivalents? How about one of these?
    Porsche Panamera
    Aston Martin Rapide
    Maserati Quattraporte
    Ferrari FF
    Mercedes CLS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broussard View Post
    Last time he drove a white XJS, didn't he?
    No it was a Volvo C70 coupe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougair View Post
    No it was a Volvo C70 coupe.

    No, I'm sure in the Return of the Saint with Ian Ogilvy, Simon Templar used an XJS, reg "ST 1".

    Has there been another remake since?

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    It'll be interesting to see casting and to see how the characters relate to each other. There's never been a Patricia Holm (the Saint's girl) in the series, I vote Lucy Verasamy for that, and the relationship between the Saint and CI Teale has to be on par with with Poirot and Japp.

    As for cars I'd go for Maserati.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougair View Post
    Got to be this no?







    http://youtu.be/eFaIhXEt6hg
    What the Sam Hill is that??

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    Quote Originally Posted by vagabond View Post
    No, I'm sure in the Return of the Saint with Ian Ogilvy, Simon Templar used an XJS, reg "ST 1".

    Has there been another remake since?
    There has, 1997 with Val Kilmer...it was not so good :o)

    There definitely seems to be a bias towards Volvo in his on screen apprearences!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beaunidle View Post
    What the Sam Hill is that??
    Volvo Coupe Concept...me likey!

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    A white F-Type R Coupe. Surely.

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    Two jokey ideas on the "ST" front:

    Ford Focus ST.

    Subaru Impreza WRX STi.

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    I really hope they build that coupe! Gorgeous styling - kisses of American muscle cars, BMWs and modern Jags in there but so recognisably Scandiwegan. Love it!

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    The Return of the Saint starring Ian Ogilvy did indeed feature a Jaguar XJ-S.




    Jaguar, having apparently turned down a request for an E-Type to use in the original were not going to get caught out again.

    The eponymous film made in the late nineties starring Val Kilmer, which shared little other than the name with the television series or the books, featured a Volvo C70.




    Val Kilmer's performance was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award, but he was narrowly beaten by Kevin Costner in The Postman.

    And just so there is some relevance to this forum, bvlgari did a special edition to coincide with the film.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dougair View Post
    No it was a Volvo C70 coupe.
    Sorry. My mistake. I saw it was a Radio Times article and assumed that we were talking about the TV series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petethegeek View Post

    And just so there is some relevance to this forum, bvlgari did a special edition to coincide with the film.

    Interesting. Any more info by any chance? Auto?

    Thanks :)


    Edit: never mind, stopped being lazy and Googled it. Quartz.
    Last edited by Dave O'Sullivan; 25th February 2015 at 21:24.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petethegeek View Post
    The Return of the Saint starring Ian Ogilvy did indeed feature a Jaguar XJ-S.




    Jaguar, having apparently turned down a request for an E-Type to use in the original were not going to get caught out again.

    The eponymous film made in the late nineties starring Val Kilmer, which shared little other than the name with the television series or the books, featured a Volvo C70.




    Val Kilmer's performance was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award, but he was narrowly beaten by Kevin Costner in The Postman.
    Is that true? I didn't mind that film.

    The Kilmer one was bizz, I might still have a few limited edition promotional postcards produced by Volvo from that film - I think I went to the NEC Motor Show that year.


    Anyway, back on topic - it should be a Volvo or a Jag really, the vision was always to have him in a white Jag, but after failing to get their hands on an e-type that Volvo really suited the character.
    Anything quirky anyway. It would be a travesty to have The Saint in a little mid-size runabout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petethegeek View Post
    http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-...rama-the-saint



    Given how iconic the P1800 became in the original television series, I'll be interested to see what they have 'The Saint' driving this time round.
    A Volvo P1800 with over a million miles on it?


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