Modesty Blaise

Modesty Blaise

Joseph Losey (1966)

12 Certificate


Our Score
With its dizzy set designs and flamboyant costumes, Joseph Losey's misguided screen adaptation of Peter O'Donnell's seminal cartoon strip is a paean to the excesses of the mid-1960s. The years have not been kind, however, and the film now exists in a pop art time-bubble of its own making - unlike, say, the Bond movies it hopelessly apes. In a plot that makes virtually no sense, Monica Vitti is miscast as the sexy female spy, a sort of earthbound Barbarella out to thwart effete arch fiend Dirk Bogarde. The latter has a ball in his silver wig and sunglasses, while Terence Stamp turns up somewhere as Modesty's bed-hopping accomplice. Camper than a lift of Graham Nortons, this was deservedly lambasted upon release, though that hasn't quelled repeated rumours of a possible remake.


A sexy female spy is called on by the Secret Service to defend a shipload of diamonds against her nemesis - a sadistic master criminal. Psychedelic comic-strip adventure, with Monica Vitti, Dirk Bogarde and Terence Stamp.

Cast & Crew

Actor Monica Vitti
Actor Dirk Bogarde
Actor Terence Stamp
Director Joseph Losey

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD