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Modesty Blaise (1966)

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A spy spoof in the 60s tradition featuring the comic book heroine Modesty Blaise set in the Italian Mediterranean.

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Gabriel
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Paul Hagan
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McWhirter / Sheik Abu Tahir
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Minister
Rossella Falk ...
Mrs. Fothergill (as Rosella Falk)
Scilla Gabel ...
Melina
Michael Chow ...
Joe Melia ...
Crevier
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Basilio
Tina Aumont ...
Nicole (as Tina Marquand)
Oliver MacGreevy ...
Tattooed Man
Jon Bluming ...
Hans
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Modesty Blaise, a secret agent whose hair color, hair style, and mod clothing change at a snap of her fingers is being used by the British government as a decoy in an effort to thwart a diamond heist. She is being set up by the feds but is wise to the plot and calls in sidekick Willie Garvin and a few other friends to outsmart them. Meanwhile, at his island hideaway, Gabriel, the diamond thief has his own plans for Blaise and Garvin. Written by Dean Harris <hepcat@inch.com>

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Nothing can faze Modesty Blaise, the world's deadliest and most dazzlingly female agent!

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Adventure | Comedy

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4 July 1966 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Modesty Blaise - Die tödliche Lady  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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About a year before this picture premiered, writer Peter O'Donnell wrote a novelization of his draft of this film's screenplay. This novel was called 'Modesty Blaise' and the book was successful both critically and commercially and led O'Donnell to write a series of 'Modesty Blaise' novels alongside the comic-strips that would continue for thirty years. See more »

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Modesty's body double in the knife fight scene between her, Willy and the two villains is obviously much bulkier and taller than she is. See more »

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Gabriel: You know, you really are very beautiful.
Modesty Blaise: I haven't been dead for 42 years.
Gabriel: Very good for one's image.
Modesty Blaise: Mmmm.
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References Stiefbeen en zoon (1963) See more »

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The End (We Should Have)
Written by John Dankworth, Evan Jones and Benny Green
Sung by Monica Vitti and Terence Stamp
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Great spoof, lame adaptation.
12 March 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I have been a fan of the Modesty Blaise comic for as long as I can remember, so when I stumbled across this movie adaptation a few years back, I just had to see it. I did, and I liked it a lot. Not as an adaptation, because it's nothing as it's comic and novel counterparts, but as an hilarious spoof of the whole sixties spy movie phenomena.

Terrence Stamp as Willie Garvin is funny and cute, but he wouldn't stand a chance against the original. The same goes for Monica Vitti's Modesty who lacks the strenght of the real Modesty, but makes up for it in quirkiness.

This movie is perfect for everyone who like the concept of a Bond-parody, but was disappointed with the crudeness of Austin Powers. It will also appeal to Modesty Blaise fans with a sense of humor, and of course to lovers of pop art.


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