Stylish ex-con Modesty Blaise and her partner Willie Garvin are tasked by the British Secret Service with preventing her rival Gabriel from stealing diamonds that are to be delivered to her adoptive father, a Sheikh.


Joseph Losey


Evan Jones (screenplay), Peter O'Donnell (original story) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Monica Vitti ... Modesty Blaise
Terence Stamp ... Willie Garvin
Dirk Bogarde ... Gabriel
Harry Andrews ... Sir Gerald Tarrant
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 (as Saro Urzi)
Tina Aumont ... Nicole (as Tina Marquand)
Oliver MacGreevy Oliver MacGreevy ... Tattooed Man
Jon Bluming Jon Bluming ... Hans
Lex Schoorel Lex Schoorel ... Walter


Modesty Blaise (Monica Vitti), 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 (Terence Stamp) and a few other friends to outsmart them. Meanwhile, at his island hideaway, Gabriel (Sir Dirk Bogarde), the diamond thief, has his own plans for Blaise and Garvin. Written by Dean Harris <>

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Nothing can faze Modesty Blaise, the world's deadliest and most dazzlingly female agent!


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Terence Stamp turned down Alfie (1966) to make this movie. His friend and former flatmate, Sir Michael Caine, made the role his own, won his first Oscar nomination, and embarked on a major international career due to its huge success. See more »


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 »


Willie Garvin: Here. We now have been through some scrapes together, have we? Funny how we always survived, isn't it?
Modesty Blaise: Survived... each other?
Willie Garvin: Well, we shared the fights.
Modesty Blaise: But never shared the nights.
Willie Garvin: Perhaps we should've.
Modesty Blaise: We could've.
Willie Garvin: [he starts singing] At Covent Garden, il Trovatore, we were shot at in the stalls.
Modesty Blaise: [she starts singing] They all believed it was in the story.
Willie Garvin: And we took nine curtain calls.
Modesty Blaise: Perhaps eight would have been enough.
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Alternate Versions

Although previously passed uncut for cinema and video the 2010 UK DVD was raised to a 12 certificate and cut by 2 secs to remove a horsefall. See more »


Version of My Name Is Modesty: A Modesty Blaise Adventure (2004) See more »


Modesty Blaise
Music by John Dankworth
Lyrics by Benny Green
Sung by David and Jonathan
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Clive Revill as Mc Whirter makes this movie.
16 May 2004 | by lurchmnstrSee all my reviews

Clive Revill as the Scottish book keeper is superb. His depiction of the stereotypical penny-pinching Scot is a comic highlight of this film. In one scene, he and Gabriel sit at a table while Mrs Featherstone is hanged in the background. Gabriel is self absorbed in soliloquy and McWhirter is lost in his financial analysis. Neither sees the action behind them. Later, he even tells one of Gabriel's men not to waste ammunition in the midst of a gun battle! And in the closing scene of the movie, his loyalty to Gabriel is comically both touching and courageous. While Gabriel, staked out in the sun cried out for "champagne", McWhirter, dressed in a kilt, sneaks up indian-fashion on the arab camp to rescue him. Sure the film was disjointed, but Clive Revill's McWhirter made it all worthwhile.

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Release Date:

4 July 1966 (Norway) See more »

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Modesty Blaise See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy See more »


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GBP1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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