Thursday, 4 May 2017
Dominic Flandry And Simon Templar?
I do not see any Templar-Flandry connection. In Charteris' books, Templar, a private operator, was a sort of privateer or buccaneer. The Saint made sure that the cops caught the bad guys but also made sure that he kept the bad guys' loot as a sort of reward for himself and his friends. Thus, he too broke the law. (Another series character in popular books, Blackshirt, written by Bruce Graeme, was a talented cat burglar and, before them, there was Raffles.)
On TV, the Saint was an unreservedly good guy although inexplicably suspected of wrongdoing by a police detective. Police suspicion was an unwarranted hangover from the books where the suspicion had been justified. But, in any case, none of this seems to be remotely connected with Flandry.
I am too tired to look this up in the books and cannot find it by searching the blog, but David Falkayn uses the alias, "Sebastian Tombs," I think. This is Anderson acknowledging Simon Templar but still doesn't connect Templar with Flandry.