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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)
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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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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4 July 1966 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Modesty Blaise - Die tödliche Lady  »

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

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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

McWhirter: [after watching her strangle a man with her feet] Have you ever wondered about Mr. Fothergill?
Gabriel: I am Mr. Fothergill.
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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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All time favorite.
23 November 2003 | by (East London, UK.) – See all my reviews

This has to be my all time favourite film. I have watched it over and over again and cannot find fault with it (although if I do, I learn to love it too). I think it has something to do with the film's innate spontaneity. It creates a joyous sense of creativity and freeness on the actors and the film-makers part (with Vitti and Stamp at the high of their 'New Wave' popularity). Modesty Blaise is total fun and total filmatic glamour in all it's technicolour radiance. It is a sad fact that there is not a filmmaker alive today that could inject a film with this sort of cheeky decadence and lightheartedness and get away with it. A film of it's time that I personally hope with resonate through the ages.


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