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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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Mrs. Fothergill (as Rosella Falk)
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Weng
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Basilio (as Saro Urzi)
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Nicole (as Tina Marquand)
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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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1.66 : 1
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Although Dirk Bogarde was very complimentary about Monica Vitti when this film was being made, he also claimed, in a radio interview of twenty-five years or so later, that she was the only one of his leading ladies whom he had disliked, saying that she was "beastly". See more »

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The body of the mime killed by Mrs. Fothergill and thrown off the cliff is an obvious dummy. See more »

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Sir Gerald Tarrant: [Advising Modesty] A woman amongst Muslims has to be particularly careful.
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The End (We Should've)
Music by John Dankworth
Lyrics by Evan Jones and Benny Green
Sung by Monica Vitti and Terence Stamp
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Expectations high, results poor
31 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

A spy satire from Joseph Losey? Losey's films are always rich in texture but are completely alienating. His askewed vision--usually defended by the intelligentsia set--leaves viewers out of the mix, and one is left to ponder what the hell he was trying to say. "Modesty Blaise" is, sadly, no different. Loosely-structured (to say the least), the plot has something to do with curvy thief-turned-secret agent protecting diamond shipment from a mama's boy villain. James Bond fanatics won't find much to bond with here: film's trick cuts and mod settings cannot detract from limply-staged, perplexing puzzle of a "comedy". In the lead, Monica Vitti is an intriguing presence but she has no music in her voice (in fact, she sounds dubbed). Director Losey was in way over his head here, and he drags everyone down with the ship. * from ****


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