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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 (as Saro Urzi)
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Nicole (as Tina Marquand)
Oliver MacGreevy ...
Tattooed Man
Jon Bluming ...
Hans
Lex Schoorel ...
Walter
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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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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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1.66 : 1
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Terence Stamp turned down " Alfie " to make this. His friend and former flatmate, Michael Caine, made the role his own, won his first Oscar nomination, and embarked on a major international career due to its huge success. See more »

Goofs

Modesty's large leg tattoo is missing in the pre-credits sequence. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Fothergill: [Noticing a tattoo scorpion on Modesty's leg when she grabs it] Ah... Scorpio.
Modesty Blaise: There's a sting in my tail. Mmm-hmm.
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Referenced in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) See more »

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Ice Is Nice
Written by John Dankworth and Evan Jones
Sung by Bob Breen
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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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