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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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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Peter O'Donnell complains that of his original screenplay, only one line remains: "What do you know about Wilberforce?" However, he accepted the invitation to write a novelization of this film. The book, based upon O'Donnell's original screenplay rather than this film, was a huge success and spawned a series of best-selling novels until 1996. See more »

Goofs

When Modesty shoots an arrow at the guard on the island, when watched in slow motion you can follow the arrow as it flies over the arch to the right as the guard is "hit" by an arrow from the left. See more »

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Sir Gerald Tarrant: [Advising Modesty] A woman amongst Muslims has to be particularly careful.
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Referenced in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) 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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Stunningly gorgeous beauty in a fun romp
8 January 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Many people consider Monica Vitti to have been the most appealing movie actress of the 60s-70s. Some of us would consider her to be the most radiantly beautiful, magnetically winsome film actress of all time. Modesty Blaise was her only English-language movie and it's a wonderful romp through the swinging-London era of the 60s. I don't believe there has been a film with more exuberant pop-art set decor and the movie would be worth seeing for the sets alone. L'Eclisse is considered to be her overall best film, but (1) it is in b/w, and (2) it is not currently available on DVD. Modesty Blaise is in gorgeous color and is very well transferred to DVD. Dirk Bogarde is also very good as the suave, James-Bond type villain.


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