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Modesty Blaise
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Director:
Writers:
Evan Jones (screenplay)
Peter O'Donnell (comic strip) ...
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Release Date:
4 July 1966 (Norway) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination See more »
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(30 articles)
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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)

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)
Adrian Hughes .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Bill Brodie .... draughtsman (uncredited)
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)
David Allen .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Peter Dukelow .... boom operator (uncredited)
Ernest Webb .... sound camera 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)
Douglas Milsome .... clapper loader (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)
Malcolm Craddock .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Mike Le Mare .... 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
Barbara Allen .... production secretary (uncredited)
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
Country:
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The 'Modesty Blaise' comic-strip itself makes two appearances of note in this movie. There is a close shot of a painting of the comic strip when the character of Willie Garvin is introduced and in another shot, Modesty Blaise herself is seen looking at copies of the comic strip.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:
Modesty Blaise:[Speaking of Gabriel's criminal career] The Royal Box at Ascot... picking pockets.
Gabriel:One has to start somewhere, you know.
Modesty Blaise:Your first mistake.
Gabriel:[Pointing his finger reprovingly] My last!
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Soundtrack:
The End (We Should Have)See more »

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23 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
All time favorite., 23 November 2003
Author: bojkowski from East London, UK.

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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