Modesty Blaise

Film, Comedy
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Coolly received by comparison with the more immediately accessible James Bond films which were then at the height of their popularity, Modesty Blaise is, like Rolls-Royces, built to last. Modelled on the cartoon strip, it plays the game up to the hilt with its op-art sets, its extravagant conceits, its outlandish violence, and its arch-fiend Gabriel (Bogarde having a ball in silvery wig and sinister glasses) daintily dreaming up ever more monstrous fancies. But 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.

By: TM

Release details

Duration: 119 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joseph Losey
Screenwriter: Evan Jones
Cast: Monica Vitti
Dirk Bogarde
Terence Stamp
Harry Andrews
Michael Craig
Scilla Gabel
Clive Revill
Rossella Falk
Joe Melia
Alexander Knox
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