Modesty Blaise [Blu-ray] [1966]

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Special Features

  • Animated image gallery
  • Audio commentary by film historian David Del Valle and filmmaker Armand Mastroianni
  • Interview with first assistant director Gavrik Losey
  • Interviews with screnwriter Evan Jones and assistant art director Norman Dorme
  • Trailer gallery


Modesty Blaise
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Monica Vitti
    Monica Vitti - Modesty Blaise
  • Terence Stamp
    Terence Stamp - Willie Garvin
  • Dirk Bogarde
    Dirk Bogarde - Gabriel
  • Harry Andrews
    Harry Andrews - Sir Gerald Tarrant
  • Michael Craig
    Michael Craig - Paul Hagan

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