Modesty Blaise

1966

Modesty Blaise

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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.

Cast

Monica Vitti
as Modesty Blaise
Dirk Bogarde
as Gabriel
Terence Stamp
as Willie Garvin
Harry Andrews
as Sir Gerald Tarrant
Michael Craig
as Paul Hagan
Clive Revill
as McWhirter/Sheik Abu Tahir
Rossella Falk
as Mrs. Fothergill
Joe Melia
as Crevier
Saro Urzì
as Basilio
Sylvain
as Pacco
Oliver MacGreevy
as Tattooed Man
Silvan
as The Great Pacco
John Stacy
as Tyboria Captain
Denys Graham
as Copilot
Patrick Ludlow
as Under Secretary
Robin Fox
as Doorbell Ringer
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Audience Reviews for Modesty Blaise

  • Nov 28, 2010
    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
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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

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