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Modesty Blaise (1982)

The plot, set in what appears to be Los Angeles, involves Modesty and Willie preventing the kidnap of a young girl who turns out to be a computer genius and has been working for Tarrant's ... See full summary »

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Jack Fraser
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Debbie DeFarge
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Leo Bazin
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Emma Woodhouse
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Placido
Jan Van Reenen ...
Narvick
Leonard Bremen ...
Sun Bather
Jeff Chayette ...
Bartender
Richard Marion ...
Solitary Man
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Mrs. Turner
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The plot, set in what appears to be Los Angeles, involves Modesty and Willie preventing the kidnap of a young girl who turns out to be a computer genius and has been working for Tarrant's agency. Although both Modesty and Willie's back stories are given as described by O'Donnell, no explanation is provided for their North American accents or presence in California. Tarrant, as an operative of an American secret service, naturally does not have his knighthood. The super-computer they have been developing has been stolen by Debbie Defarge to use to make a killing on the New York stock exchange. Willie's knife-throwing skills and Modesty's habit of ripping off the lower part of her dress when called to action are faithfully reproduced, as is much of the banter between Willie and Modesty, but in other ways, the characters bear little resemblance to O'Donnell's literary creations. Another attempt to adapt the comic strip took place in 2003 with the release of My Name is Modesty. Written by Sahib Dino Jr.

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Pilot for a never-made TV series based upon the popular comic strip character. This version of the story is more serious than the 1966 film (Modesty Blaise (1966)). See more »

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[Emma refuses to provide any information to Modesty and Willie]
Modesty Blaise: Shall we try torture?
Willie Garvin: Miss Woodhouse, if you do not provide the information we require, you will be sent to bed without dinner.
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Strike two!
14 September 2003 | by (Xanadu) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this when it premiered on tv. It was the pilot for a potential series, adapting the Modesty Blaise comic strips. At that point, I had read about the Modesty Blaise strips, but hadn't seen any full stories and was aware of the campy 60's film. Thankfully, I was able to eventually read the comic strips and novels and erase the poor taste this film left in my mouth.

I only saw the film once, but I mainly remember a scene, early on, where Ann Turkel rips off part of her skirt to fight a thug. She had great legs, so no problem there; and, it was something Modesty did quite often in the strips. My only other memories are of the low budget look and rather lackluster story. I can't even recall the details, but it seems like it revolved around a criminal attempting to blackmail the government (I don't even think it was the British government, like the comics).

Turkel may have been a great model, but she wasn't much of an actress. Keene Curtis was seen in numerous tv shows of the period, usually as authority figures. He was a good, workman-like actor. Lewis Van Bergin was especially miscast as Willie Garvin, as he didn't come across as particularly tough. Van Bergin would later star in another short-lived attempt at adapting a comic series, Sable, based on Mike Grell's Jon Sable, Freelance. He always seemed to deliver his dialogue out of the side of his mouth.

All I can say is that I hope the third time is the charm. Modesty Blaise was a great series with terrific characters. It deserves better than this.


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