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Writers:
Evan Jones (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 July 1966 (Norway) See more »
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Nothing can faze Modesty Blaise, the world's deadliest and most dazzlingly female agent!
Plot:
A spy spoof in the 60s tradition featuring the comic book heroine Modesty Blaise set in the Italian Mediterranean. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination See more »
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MODESTY BLAISE (Joseph Losey, 1966) **1/2 See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Monica Vitti ... Modesty Blaise

Terence Stamp ... Willie Garvin

Dirk Bogarde ... Gabriel

Harry Andrews ... Sir Gerald Tarrant
Michael Craig ... Paul Hagan

Clive Revill ... McWhirter / Sheik Abu Tahir

Alexander Knox ... Minister
Rossella Falk ... Mrs. Fothergill (as Rosella Falk)
Scilla Gabel ... Melina
Michael Chow ... Weng
Joe Melia ... Crevier

Saro Urzì ... Basilio
Tina Aumont ... Nicole (as Tina Marquand)
Oliver MacGreevy ... Tattooed Man
Jon Bluming ... Hans
Lex Schoorel ... Walter
Max Turilli ... Strauss (as Marcello Turilli)
Giuseppe Paganelli ... Friar
Wolfgang Hillinger ... Handsome
Roberto Bisacco ... Enrico
John Karlsen ... Oleg
Aldo Silvan ... Pacco (as Silvan)
John Stacy ... Tyboria Captain
Robin Hunter ... Pilot
Denys Graham ... Co-Pilot
Patrick Ludlow ... Under Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maureen Pryor ... (scenes deleted)
Tonny Eyk ... Pacco's pianist (uncredited)

George Fisher ... (uncredited)
Robin Fox ... Man Who Pushes the Doorbell (uncredited)
Jack Lambert ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Joseph Losey 
 
Writing credits
Evan Jones (screenplay)

Peter O'Donnell (comic strip) and
Jim Holdaway (comic strip)

Stanley Dubens  story (uncredited)
Peter O'Donnell  screenplay (uncredited)
Harold Pinter  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Michael Birkett .... associate producer
Stanley Dubens .... associate producer
Joseph Janni .... producer
Norman Priggen .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Dankworth 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Hildyard 
 
Film Editing by
Reginald Beck 
 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Richard Macdonald 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Shampan 
 
Costume Design by
Beatrice Dawson (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Marissa Martelli .... makeup artist: Monica Vitti
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
Pearl Tipaldi .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Mara Blasetti .... production manager
Ed Harper .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gavrik Losey .... first assistant director
Claude Watson .... first assistant director
Stuart Black .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Roger Cain .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Norman Dorme .... assistant art director (uncredited)
George Lack .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Gilbert Wood .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Buster Ambler .... sound recordist
John Cox .... sound recordist
Gordon Daniel .... sound editor
John Aldred .... sound editor (uncredited)
Peter Dukelow .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Davis Boulton .... photographer: Amsterdam (as Dave Boulton)
Gerry Fisher .... camera operator
Wally Fairweather .... focus puller (uncredited)
Norman Hargood .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Evelyn Gibbs .... wardrobe mistress
Douglas Hayward .... costumes: Terence Stamp
Marissa Martelli .... additional costumes: Monica Vitti
 
Editorial Department
Alan Bell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Jim Roddan .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Mike Round .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Roger Cook .... musician: "Modesty" (as David and Jonathan)
John Dankworth .... conductor
Roger Greenaway .... musician: "Modesty" (as David and Jonathan)
David Lindup .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carlo Lastricati .... personal assistant to director
Ann Skinner .... continuity
Graham Fowler .... production assistant (uncredited)
John Goldstone .... production assistant (uncredited)
Catherine O'Brien .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
119 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2010) (cut) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) | USA:Approved (cut) | West Germany:18 (nf)
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Trivia:
About a year before this picture premiered, writer Peter O'Donnell wrote a novelization of his draft of this film's screenplay. This novel was called 'Modesty Blaise' and the book was successful both critically and commercially and led O'Donnell to write a series of 'Modesty Blaise' novels alongside the comic-strips that would continue for thirty years.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The body of the mime killed by Mrs. Fothergill and thrown off the cliff is an obvious dummy.See more »
Quotes:
Gabriel:You know, you really are very beautiful.
Modesty Blaise:I haven't been dead for 42 years.
Gabriel:Very good for one's image.
Modesty Blaise:Mmmm.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Witches (1967)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ice Is NiceSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
MODESTY BLAISE (Joseph Losey, 1966) **1/2, 24 August 2006
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

Truth be told, I hated this movie on first viewing many years ago and, in fact, I only just now purchased the utterly bare-bones Fox DVD for three reasons: the disc is now out-of-print; I found it very cheaply (surprisingly) at a local retailer; and, most importantly perhaps, I was prepared to give it another chance thanks to my ongoing (and very rewarding) Losey-thon.

To say that Joseph Losey was a strange choice to helm this picture would be a massive understatement. In his previous films, very rarely (if at all) had he shown that he had any sense of humor, much less the kind of campy, knowing and irreverent one essential for successful comic strip adaptations. As it happens, the film was not well-received and both leads - Monica Vitti (who apparently phoned Michelangelo Antonioni everyday during the shoot) and Terence Stamp - were unhappy making it; there are those who even go so far as to consider it not just Losey's nadir but quite simply one of the worst films ever made! Well, based on that first TV viewing of it, I probably would have endorsed such sentiments myself...

However, my re-acquaintance with it proved something of a minor revelation: while still as uneven as I recalled, I couldn't now deny that there were some delightful elements which, on the whole, made the film palatable and, at times, even endearing: Evan Jones' script was occasionally quite witty, Losey's own trademark odd compositions (usually so overpowering in his melodramas) suited the "anything goes" mood of the material, Jack Hildyard's glossy cinematography of attractive Mediterranean locations, outrageous outfits and groovy production design was top-notch and Losey's frequent composer Johnny Dankworth provided an infectious score.

And what about that cast? Monica Vitti (who would have guessed that she could ever be as attractive and sexy as this judging by her work for Antonioni?), Terence Stamp (gleefully throwing knives, bedding women and engaging in a charming, impromptu singing duet with Vitti while driving up a mountaintop and reprising it for the action-packed finale), Dirk Bogarde (ironically named Gabriel, he was never campier - or gayer - than as the silver-wigged, self-proclaimed "villain of the piece"), Michael Craig (as Vitti's ex-lover and pursuing British agent), Harry Andrews (as a top British Secret Service official firing away bullets from his umbrella), Alexander Knox (as a bumbling British MP forever mispronouncing names and giving out the wrong information), Clive Revill (for no apparent reason in a dual role: as Bogarde's right-hand man who keeps the accounts even on the field of battle and as Vitti's "father", an Arabian Sheik!), Rossella Falk (as the lethal Miss. Fothergill, Bogarde's manly assistant, who keeps a regiment of mostly aging men in shape through arduous physical exercise), Saro Urzi (as a lowly, opera-singing henchman of Bogarde's), Tina Aumont (as an ill-fated conquest/informer of Stamp's) and real-life magician Silvan (as a duplicitous circus performer).

Ultimately, while the plot is too convoluted to follow at times and the film itself may not be in the same league as Mario Bava's DANGER: DIABOLIK (1968) or even Roger Vadim's BARBARELLA (1968), it's certainly an engaging spy spoof and far better than its reputation suggests.

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