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Modesty Blaise (1966)

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A spy spoof in the 60s tradition featuring the comic book heroine Modesty Blaise set in the Italian Mediterranean.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Modesty Blaise
... Willie Garvin
... Gabriel
... Sir Gerald Tarrant
... McWhirter / Sheik Abu Tahir
... Minister
... Mrs. Fothergill (as Rosella Falk)
... Melina
... Weng
... Crevier
... Basilio (as Saro Urzi)
... Nicole (as Tina Marquand)
Oliver MacGreevy ... Tattooed Man
Jon Bluming ... 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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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph Losey found it difficult to work with Monica Vitti, as she would invariably be accompanied onto the set by director Michelangelo Antonioni, in whose films she had become famous. Antonioni would often whisper suggestions to her, and she would take direction from him rather than Losey. Eventually, Losey asked Antonioni, whom he greatly admired, to keep away from the studios during filming. Antonioni complied. See more »

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Modesty's large leg tattoo is missing in the pre-credits sequence. See more »

Quotes

Gabriel: [to Pacco] If the girl is alive tomorrow night, you won't be.
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Referenced in The Witches (1967) See more »

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The End (We Should've)
Music by John Dankworth
Lyrics by Evan Jones and Benny Green
Sung by Monica Vitti and Terence Stamp
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classic 60's fun
15 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

I disagree quite strongly with those users who have given this film such a low billing. It is more than a bit unusual, of course, sort of like The Avengers done in Michaelangelo Antonioni's style. The music, costumes, and overall style are lighthearted and fun in a campy way, sometimes even dreamy. If you liked this film, you would like Antonioni's "Blowup".


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