Modesty Blaise (1966)


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A popular British comic strip series served as inspiration for this light-hearted espionage adventure, which if nothing else certainly shows the marks of its origins in the mid-1960s. A large departure for director Joseph Losey, better known for brooding interpretations of Harold Pinter works (The Servant, Accident), the film is emphatically bright and colorful, taking on at times a nearly psychedelic feel. The strangeness is emphasized by the unusual casting, including Italian star Monica Vitti … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Evan Jones
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 16, 2002
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment



as Modesty Blaise

as Willie Garvin

as Gabriel

as Sir Gerald Tarrant

as Paul Hagan

as Melina

as Minister

as McWhirter, Sheik Abu...

as Mrs. Fothergill

as Crevier

as Pacco

as Basilio

as Nicole

as Under Secretary

as Tattooed Man

as Tyboria Captain

as Copilot
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Critic Reviews for Modesty Blaise

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Not merely a spy spoof, based on a book and a comic strip about a femme James Bond type, the colorful production gives the horse laugh to many different film plots and styles.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

under the non-stop stream of jokes lies a bitter edge of malice, directed not only against the genre itself but against a society which trusts its politicians and its generals.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Too much of it is just foolish, labored and sometimes painful camp.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 2, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Joseph Losey weaves his own brand of magic with this psychedelic spoof.

Full Review… | October 18, 2011
Movie Talk

Joseph Losey didn't really do frivolous. Which is probably why his attempt at spoofy pseudo-Bondery is so direly unfunny.

Full Review… | October 18, 2011
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Modesty Blaise

One of my least favourite spy movies. It's more about the whole mod female spy fashion and coolness, and focuses less on plot, characters, and anything else. I didn't care for it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

So very camp. Great actors, fine director and lovely sets can't save a bad script. There are only two reasons to watch this film: 1) the fashions modeled by Vitti, and 2) die-hard fans of Dirk Bogarde or Terence Stamp.

Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

Talk about Sex Kitten with a Whip!!!! Sexy Spy Kitten A Go Go, with a Gun !!! Loved this years ago & it's Over The Top Fashionistsa Fabulousness has stayed with me.Saw it again recently & realized it didn't have much of a story.In this case, I don't care!I think she is suppose to be a Female James Bond, but more Austin Powers really,with a license to thrill in the bedroom.It was a Film that was so Visually Sensual with the memorably sexy Monica Vitti (who must have been the sexiest woman on the planet), the Decor(Round Bed) , Psychedelic Furniture & accessories, the Exotic Fashion,& even a Middle East Castle at one point.Everything so Camp ,Colorful,& Over the Top Sensual & Stunning.I would buy this Movie if I could find it, regardless of it's lack of depth.It just so personifies the excesses of the affluent & uninhibited, or at least our perception of them, in the swingin' 60's.I can't think of any other film like this, & if I were a fashion Designer, I would borrow ideas from this Film regularly.I think I want to be Monica Vitti in the 60's, I'm Pink All Over With Envy!

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