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Modesty Blaise [Blu-ray] [1966]


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    Modesty Blaise [Blu-ray] [1966]
    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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