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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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McWhirter / Sheik Abu Tahir
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Mrs. Fothergill (as Rosella Falk)
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Basilio (as Saro Urzi)
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Nicole (as Tina Marquand)
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Tattooed Man
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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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Trivia

First ever 'Modesty Blaise' movie. The film is the first of three 'Modesty Blaise' movies, all made separately in different decades and each made around twenty years apart. The others are My Name Is Modesty: A Modesty Blaise Adventure (2004) and Modesty Blaise (1982). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994) 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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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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