Modesty Blaise

Series 1 - 1. Modesty Blaise: A Taste for Death

Radio Times
Review by:
Tom Goulding

Resurrected for radio by Stef Penney, Daphne Alexander assumes the role of pulp provocateuse Modesty Blaise, a glamorous agent with an appetite for fast cars, martial arts and a foreign tongue.

Often pegged as the female James Bond, the 60s feminist icon began life as a cartoon strip in the London Evening Standard. In this adaptation of a later novel by Peter O’Donnell, Modesty is called out of retirement to put her expertise into practise against a larger-than-life public school villain. Exotic, sexy and bullet-paced, A Taste for Death is the perfect blend of schoolboy fantasy and Tarantino kitsch.

About this programme

1/5. By Peter O'Donnell. Dramatised by Stef Penney. Sir Gerald Tarrant, head of a British secret service agency, tempts female super-spy Modesty Blaise out of retirement with a job involving a gifted young woman, an exotic desert locale, and a larger-than-life public school villain intent on murdering his way to a vast fortune. Daphne Alexander stars as the femme fatale in an action-adventure based on the author's spy novel. Broadcast earlier as part of Woman's Hour.

Cast and crew

Cast

Modesty
Daphne Alexander
Willie
Carl Prekopp
Sir Gerald
Alun Armstrong
Delicata
Sam Dale
Steve
Geoffrey Streatfeild
Dinah
Samantha Dakin
McWhirter
Alex Fearns
Skeet
Jeff Mash
Sir Howard
Nigel Anthony

Crew

Director
Kate McAll
Dramatised By
Stef Penney
Writer
Peter O'Donnell
Categories
Drama