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Modesty Blaise (1966)

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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McWhirter / Sheik Abu Tahir
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Minister
Rossella Falk ...
Mrs. Fothergill (as Rosella Falk)
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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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Storyline

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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diamond | spy | spy spoof | spoof | sheik | See All (54) »

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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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Release Date:

4 July 1966 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Modesty Blaise - Die tödliche Lady  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Sidney Gilliatt was announced as director in 1964. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sir Gerald Tarrant: [Advising Modesty] A woman amongst Muslims has to be particularly careful.
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Connections

Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Modesty Blaise
Music by John Dankworth
Lyrics by Benny Green
Sung by Roger Cook (as David and Jonathan) and Roger Greenaway (as David and Jonathan)
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Clive Revill as Mc Whirter makes this movie.
16 May 2004 | by (Toms River, NJ) – See all my reviews

Clive Revill as the Scottish book keeper is superb. His depiction of the stereotypical penny-pinching Scot is a comic highlight of this film. In one scene, he and Gabriel sit at a table while Mrs Featherstone is hanged in the background. Gabriel is self absorbed in soliloquy and McWhirter is lost in his financial analysis. Neither sees the action behind them. Later, he even tells one of Gabriel's men not to waste ammunition in the midst of a gun battle! And in the closing scene of the movie, his loyalty to Gabriel is comically both touching and courageous. While Gabriel, staked out in the sun cried out for "champagne", McWhirter, dressed in a kilt, sneaks up indian-fashion on the arab camp to rescue him. Sure the film was disjointed, but Clive Revill's McWhirter made it all worthwhile.


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