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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
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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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4 July 1966 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Modesty Blaise - Die tödliche Lady  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This film was entered into competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1966. See more »

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

Quotes

Amsterdam guide: [after a boat has blown up] Oh, I'm sorry about the explosion. It doesn't happen every day.
Modesty Blaise: I don't come every day.
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Featured in Al Murray's Great British Spy Movies (2014) See more »

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Ice Is Nice
Written by John Dankworth and Evan Jones
Sung by Bob Breen
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Travesty Blaise
6 July 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Fox pinned hopes on 'Modesty' becoming a franchise to rival Bond, but these were cruelly dashed as Joseph Losey's film played to mostly empty theatres in the U.K. and U.S.A. ( it did rather better on the Continent ). Taken on its own terms, its not too bad. Jack Shampan's production design is superb, as is John Dankworth's music, there are a couple of decent performances ( Clive Revill, Harry Andrews, and a wonderfully camp turn from Dirk Bogarde ) and some good moments such as Modesty finding herself trapped in an op art cell. But as an adaptation of Peter O'Donnell and Jim Holdaway's comic-strip, its a non-starter. Monica Vitti fails to project warmth and charm as Modesty, while Terence Stamp sounds like Michael Caine on an off-day. The scene where they sing a romantic duet whilst under fire is just painful. Losey was clearly not the right director for this project. Fox made a rather more successful 'girl power' Bond thriller a year later - 'Fathom', starring Raquel Welch.


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