The Saint (1962–1969)
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Vendetta for the Saint: Part 1 

Templar is having a drink at a bar in Naples when he witnesses a mêlée between two of the customers. It appears that one of them has mistaken the other for an old colleague. Templar's ... See full summary »


Jim O'Connolly


Leslie Charteris (by), Harry W. Junkin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Moore ... Simon Templar
Ian Hendry ... Alessandro Destamio
Rosemary Dexter ... Gina Destamio
Aimi MacDonald Aimi MacDonald ... Lily
George Pastell ... Marco Ponti
Marie Burke ... Donna Maria
Fulton Mackay ... James Euston
Peter Kristof Peter Kristof ... Giorgio
Peter Madden ... Lo Zio
Guy Deghy ... Maresciallo
Eileen Way Eileen Way ... The Maid
Edward Evans ... The Bank Manager
Malya Nappi Malya Nappi ... The Bank Clerk
Charles Houston ... Hotel Reception Clerk
Salmaan Peerzada ... Airline Clerk (as Salmaan Peer)


Templar is having a drink at a bar in Naples when he witnesses a mêlée between two of the customers. It appears that one of them has mistaken the other for an old colleague. Templar's suspicions are raised the next morning when he reads in the newspapers that one of the men has been murdered. He begins to investigate only to find himself thrown into the world of the Sicilian Mafia, and that few people are willing to help him. Written by Sebastian Tombs <>

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One man against the mighty mafia!


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Release Date:

5 January 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die sizilianische Mafia See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


For some fans, "Vendetta for the Saint" was a return to basics after some of the more fanciful storylines. See more »


The newspaper article of the assassination seen at about 6:30 has the picture and headline pasted on over a different article. See more »


Referenced in Return to the Edge of the World (1978) See more »

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Must see for saint fans
10 April 2008 | by james-1752See all my reviews

Nice to see Simon Templar out of the studio for a change. Most of the 1960s ITC TV series looked pretty glossy for the time, having the budget to be shot on film, and latterly in colour. Even so, they didn't spend much time on location, often faking exteriors in the studio, and only using location establishment shots, many of them looking like library footage. By that measure, Vendetta for the Saint really does look like a proper movie, with great use of the Italian locations, and only a few obvious studio shots. As it was also intended to be shown as a TV double bill, it is possibly a bit over-extended for its material (a fault shared by some of Leslie Charteris's novels). That said, the pace doesn't let up too often. Good solid performances from the main cast, Ian Hendry is interesting as the ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to get to the top of the mafia (despite slipping in and out of his New York mobster accent a bit erratically), but this is Roger Moore's film, and he is rarely off screen, so if you are looking for a masterclass in eyebrow acting, this is the film to watch. A fitting end (more or less) to the series.

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