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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 in her first English-speaking role as the title character and Dirk Bogarde, playing against type as her arch-nemesis. Essentially everything is played for its camp value, including the rather convoluted, James Bond-like plot, which concerns the hijacking of a shipment of diamonds heading for the Middle East. Like its mod-era sets and costumes, this unusual, inconsistent effort is certainly intriguing and attractive, but might seem rather dated to some. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Evan Jones
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 16, 2002
Runtime:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Cast

Monica Vitti
as Modesty Blaise
Terence Stamp
as Willie Garvin
Dirk Bogarde
as Gabriel
Harry Andrews
as Sir Gerald Tarrant
Michael Craig
as Paul Hagan
Clive Revill
as McWhirter, Sheik Abu...
Rossella Falk
as Mrs. Fothergill
Joe Melia
as Crevier
Sylvain
as Pacco
Saro Urz
as Basilio
Patrick Ludlow
as Under Secretary
Oliver MacGreevy
as Tattooed Man
John Stacy
as Tyboria Captain
Denys Graham
as Copilot
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Critic Reviews for Modesty Blaise

All Critics (9) | 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
Variety
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 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

At a running time of just under two full hours, the boredom becomes as exaggerated as the wallpaper.

Full Review… | March 16, 2004
Apollo Guide

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.

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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.

bookmunki
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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