Modesty Blaise

  • 1966
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Adventure, Spy

In her first English-speaking role, Vitti, one of Italy's finest actresses, plays the popular British comic strip detective Modesty Blaise. She is a superagent (a la James Bond) who is called upon by the British Secret Service to keep an eye on a Mid-East-bound diamond shipment. Bogarde, in an unlikely, but effective, piece of casting, plays her archrival,...read more

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In her first English-speaking role, Vitti, one of Italy's finest actresses, plays the popular British comic strip detective Modesty Blaise. She is a superagent (a la James Bond) who is called upon by the British Secret Service to keep an eye on a Mid-East-bound diamond shipment. Bogarde,

in an unlikely, but effective, piece of casting, plays her archrival, who she mistakenly thought was dead. He's very much alive and, with his gang of sadistic thugs, pursues her and the gems. Eventually, she is captured by Bogarde, who forces her assistant, Stamp, to steal the jewels. Vitti

escapes (disguised as a monk) and safely delivers the diamonds to their rightful owner, who, in turn, presents them to her for her troubles. Since it is based on a comic strip, nothing is taken very seriously, and everyone involved is obviously having a lot of fun. Vitti is superbly camp, and

Bogarde's delicate flower of a villain is wonderfully conceived. This is one of those "fine wine" pictures that get better with age. It is filled with an ample amount of pop culture, mod clothes, and very colorful characters. MODESTY BLAISE is director Joseph Losey's closest and most successful

approach to pure comedy. Songs include "Modesty" (John Dankworth, Benny Green, sung by David and Jonathan), and "We Should've" (Dankworth, Green, Evan Jones).

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