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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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Gabriel
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Michael Craig ...
Paul Hagan
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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
Tina Aumont ...
Nicole (as Tina Marquand)
Oliver MacGreevy ...
Tattooed Man
Jon Bluming ...
Hans
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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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Adventure | Comedy

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Release Date:

4 July 1966 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Modesty Blaise - Die tödliche Lady  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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When Modesty shoots an arrow at the guard on the island, when watched in slow motion you can follow the arrow as it flies over the arch to the right as the guard is "hit" by an arrow from the left. See more »

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Sir Gerald Tarrant: I don't know how much you know about Arab etiquette, but the thing that must be avoided above all is familiarity. These chaps are as proud as Lucifer, and a woman among Muslims must be particularly careful.
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Modesty
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View it on it's own, not as a spoof or adaptation, and you might enjoy!
20 September 2002 | by (Kitchener, Ontario) – See all my reviews

I've never read the Modesty Blaise comics. What inspired me to rent this DVD was a love of 60's kitsch fashions, and an immense respect for Monica Vitti. And while I was baffled by the events in the film -- it didn't seem to make a DAMN bit of sense the first time around -- I still found myself loving it. And on repeated viewings I love it even more.

What's to love? Primarily, the quirkiness of EVERYTHING in the film: the direction is off-kilter (so many things happen in parts of the screen that you're not looking at, and the pacing is bizarre to say the least: a constant string of anticlimaxes that I found refreshing), the acting is deadpan and weird (Bogarde's shifty, psychopathic, and slightly flaky villain...Stamp's disgruntled but cheerful anti-hero...Rosella Falk's twitchy, wide-eyed, barely-restrained violence -- she is a stand-out highlight in the movie...and Monica Vitti, expressing herself mostly through strangely-timed gestures and facial expressions...just check out her "How do you get this off?" routine), the sets are gorgeously dressed (Gabriel's atmospheric island, and the fantastic cell with the spiral staircase), and the plotting is all over the place. Who's double-crossing who? Why are they doing that? WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON? On first impression, I felt the film was just "winging it," making it up as it went along. But far from it...it's elaborately plotted, just strangely presented.

Really, I love this film, and I'm so glad it's seen re-release. It's sloppy, crazy, irreverent, and fun. If you view it as a weird little film -- not as a spoof, or an adaptation of the comic, or a reflection of the times, or as an attempt to be hip or strange -- I think you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

And yes, the clothes ARE fantastic.


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