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S1-E1 Modesty Blaise: A Taste for Death

S1-E1 Modesty Blaise: A Taste for Death

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Review

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.

Summary

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 & Crew

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