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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 movie was released three years after the comic strip created by Writer Peter O'Donnell and Artist Jim Holdaway was published. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Mrs. Fothergill: [Noticing a tattoo scorpion on Modesty's leg when she grabs it] Ah... Scorpio.
Modesty Blaise: There's a sting in my tail. Mmm-hmm.
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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 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) See more »

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Ice Is Nice
Written by John Dankworth and Evan Jones
Sung by Bob Breen
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Mod mod mod mod mod mod mod Modesty!
4 June 1999 | by GothickSee all my reviews

A delicious phantasmagoria of feathers, frolics, fashion, false eyelashes, frivolity, fol-de-rol, foppish frothiness and all that was mod and mad in that giddy year, nineteen-sixty-six. Monica Vitti is nothing like the comic book character created by Peter O'Donnell and Jim Holdaway--the original stories have been reprinted and are worth checking out. In his memoirs Terence Stamp recalled that Vitti was so clumsy it was hard for her to get through even simple stunts. The film is in reality a paean to style and to the triumph of presentation over substance which was a lot of what Sixties fashions were about. Vitti's wigs pretty much steal the show--Dirk Bogarde, in blond toupee as evil mastermind Gabriel, and Rosella Falk as Mrs Fothergill (a sort of sadistic Emma Peel) clean up on what's left. The music is a lot of fun--indeed fun is the operative word here. Serious squares can keep their dull movie critic vibes out!


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