The Saint (1962–1969)
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The Sporting Chance 

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With his wife and daughter being used as leverage, the inventor of a satellite guidance system is coerced to defect to the Russians.


Jeremy Summers


Leslie Charteris (by), John Kruse (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »





Episode complete credited cast:
Roger Moore ... Simon Templar
Derren Nesbitt ... Netchideff
Gerard Heinz ... Prof. Otto Mueller (as Gerrard Heinz)
Godfrey Quigley ... Julius Pavan
Carol Cleveland ... Marion Kent
Brandon Brady ... Don Cleaver
Harry Webster Harry Webster ... Beaver Johnson
Bruce Boa ... Jack Williams
Nicholas Stuart ... Inspector Hackett
Nan Marriott-Watson Nan Marriott-Watson ... Mrs. Whicker (as Nan Marriot-Watson)
William Buck ... Detective Gorman
Evan Thomas Evan Thomas ... Dr. Beamish


Whilst on a fishing trip in Canada, the Saint encounters Professor Mueller, who's being tricked and lief to in order to defect to the Russians with a satellite system he's invented. Using the release of his family, as bait, the professor's taken to a remote cabin where a sea-plane, piloted by an agent named Netchideff, if the professor boards that plane, he'll never see his family nor freedom again. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

12 December 1963 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Inspector's credited surname is Hackett, but just Hacket on his office door. See more »


Simon Templar: I think you'll agree I had nothing to do with this.
Inspector Hackett: I guess we'll have to give you the OK Templar. There's no need to keep you any longer.
Simon Templar: No hanging party?
Inspector Hackett: Not tonight!
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not a great episode, but I give it an "eh"t for the cast
12 January 2019 | by dburton2See all my reviews

An adventure in Canada that is watchable despite the fact that the person the Saint is helping, a physicist who defected to the West, is not played (or written) as particularly likable. Also, you'll groan at the plot contrivances and the conveniently stupid mistakes of the villains, and Canadians may shake their heads at how their home and native land is depicted as consisting mostly of fishing lodges and lumber camps. Enjoyable nevertheless for a very cute Carol Cleveland (later on Monty Python) as a spunky secretary and for a typically eccentric, scene-stealing performance by Darren Nesbitt as one of the baddies.

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