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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Craig ...
Paul Hagan
McWhirter / Sheik Abu Tahir
Rossella Falk ...
Mrs. Fothergill (as Rosella Falk)
Scilla Gabel ...
Michael Chow ...
Joe Melia ...
Tina Aumont ...
Nicole (as Tina Marquand)
Oliver MacGreevy ...
Tattooed Man
Jon Bluming ...


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 <>

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diamond | spy | spy spoof | spoof | sheik | See All (56) »


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


Adventure | Comedy


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Release Date:

4 July 1966 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Modesty Blaise - Die tödliche Lady  »

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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many scenes set in London did not make it to the final print. Among those performers featured in these deleted scenes was Maureen Pryor. See more »


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 »


Sir Gerald Tarrant: [Advising Modesty] A woman amongst Muslims has to be particularly careful.
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »


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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All time favorite.
23 November 2003 | by (East London, UK.) – See all my reviews

This has to be my all time favourite film. I have watched it over and over again and cannot find fault with it (although if I do, I learn to love it too). I think it has something to do with the film's innate spontaneity. It creates a joyous sense of creativity and freeness on the actors and the film-makers part (with Vitti and Stamp at the high of their 'New Wave' popularity). Modesty Blaise is total fun and total filmatic glamour in all it's technicolour radiance. It is a sad fact that there is not a filmmaker alive today that could inject a film with this sort of cheeky decadence and lightheartedness and get away with it. A film of it's time that I personally hope with resonate through the ages.

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