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Modesty Blaise (1966)

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A spy spoof in the 1960s tradition, featuring the comic book heroine Modesty Blaise (Monica Vitti) set in the Italian Mediterranean.

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

Evan Jones (screenplay), Peter O'Donnell (original story) | 2 more credits »
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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:
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
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Storyline

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 <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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | Italian | Arabic | German | Dutch

Release Date:

4 July 1966 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Modesty Blaise - Die tödliche Lady See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy See more »

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Budget:

GBP1,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was one of four Twentieth Century Fox movies featuring female spies that were released during 1966 to 1967. The others being Fathom (1967), Caprice (1967), and Come Spy with Me (1967). See more »

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Modesty's body double in the knife fight scene between her, Willy and the two villains is obviously much bulkier and taller than she is. See more »

Quotes

Sir Gerald Tarrant: I don't know how much you know about Arab etiquette, but the thing that must be avoided above all is familiarity. These chaps are as proud as Lucifer, and a woman among Muslims must be particularly careful.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Endeavour: Quartet (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Losey--not Schlesinger--directed MODESTY BLAISE
6 November 2012 | by apsbl1977See all my reviews

Joseph LOSEY directed MODESTY BLAISE, not John Schlesinger.

This is to correct Alan Mount's following comment. Mr. Mount is entitled to dislike the film but it's fair to ask that he get the director correct.

Mr. Mount wrote:

"Director John Schlesinger seemed to use the movie totally as a showcase for his friend Dirk Bogarde whose performance is irritating in the extreme. If Modesty Blaise is to be resurrected as a movie heroine in the future a director with a genuine flair for action is required.This was not Schlesinger's forte at all."

Given his comment, Mr. Mount seems to consider Modesty Blaise an "action film." I don't completely agree with that, but I might if he would be so kind as to elaborate on what he found lacking in the action in the film or how it was handled. Or better yet, why he considers it in main an "action" film?

Since he would have preferred a director with a "genuine flair for action," what then should such a director have done with the film?

Thanks.


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