Originally Posted by A Harris
Hmmm, maybe the Count of Monte Cristo? (From the book, not that pathetic excuse of a movie.)
Which one? There've been at least 30. The Robert Donat one is a classic, but the 1975 Richard Chamberlain one is amusing and is a copy almost shot-by-shot of a French one with Louis Jourdain (who appears as de Villefort in the Chamberlain version). The Depardieu one left me cold. The Jim Caviezel one (The Passion of the Count) was actually not bad; it certainly reflected some of the low-ish humor sometimes present in Dumas' writing.
Monte Cristo was a fictional hero, but an adolescent one. I rather like Danger Man John Drake, Mr Miracle Scott Free, the John Constantine of Dangerous Habits, Groundskeeper Willie, John Steed and Bryan Ferry.