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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 »
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Tagline:
Nothing can faze Modesty Blaise, the world's deadliest and most dazzlingly female agent!
Plot:
Modesty Blaise, a secret agent whose hair color, hair style, and mod clothing change at a snap of her... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination See more »
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(30 articles)
'Pulp Fiction,' A to Z
 (From Rolling Stone. 21 May 2014, 9:00 AM, PDT)

11 Comic Book Characters Who Shouldn’t Have Had A Movie (And The Alternatives Who Should)
 (From Obsessed with Film. 1 April 2014, 1:57 AM, PDT)

Dennis O’Neil: Go Know?
 (From Comicmix. 26 September 2013, 5:00 AM, PDT)

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The burlesque dramatization of Modesty 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:
One of five films that actor Dirk Bogarde made with director Joseph Losey.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Gabriel:Suffragette!
Modesty Blaise:Psychopath!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
The End (We Should Have)See more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The burlesque dramatization of Modesty, 7 May 2007
Author: Juha Hämäläinen from Finland

Surprisingly light work coming from a director like Joseph Losey. I guess he just wanted to make fun of the numerous agent movies of the sixties and maybe insert a little comment on the values of storytelling in them. If he does, he luckily makes it in a most entertaining way and with technical ability, that certain slackening is easy to forget. Everything is made up into ultra-light eye candy and silly fun to be enjoyed in the right frame of mind. There is not even much of a plot to be mentioned about. Stolen diamonds, secret agents, dangerous missions and nice locations all in a fine mess, like the films this kind usually have. For fans of the original Modesty Blaise comic strip this naturally is a pity, because almost nothing of its real characteristics appear here. The characters are drawn very far from how they appear as originals and everything else is just about all changed too. The Modesty Blaise most of us readers know would deserve a more appropriate movie treatment. And I'm still waiting for it.

So, to enjoy this version more one should maybe forget the original Modesty Blaise completely. This is a child's play, a very cruel child's, and a play for adult children. A movie like a box of crayons, really. Scenes seem to change for the sake of sets, clothes and props. And for hair color, as it is with Modesty and Willie Garvin, his male sidekick. Monika Vitti and Terence Stamp look right for their roles, but doesn't seem to have much to act and both handle the job perfectly. Dirk Bogarde, familiar from a few other Losey's films a bit deeper than this, almost steals the show as Gabriel, the bored, neurotic, gay arch criminal. A movie best recommended for a rainless brainless day.

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