Modesty Blaise (1966)

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"Modesty Blaise" is a 1966 British comedy spy-fi film directed by Joseph Losey, based on the comic strip of the same name by Peter O'Donnell. The film stars Monica Vitti as the titular character Modesty Blaise, a skilled and resourceful secret agent who works for the British government.

The story follows Modesty as she is recruited by the British government to stop a diamond heist planned by her former lover and criminal mastermind Gabriel (Dirk Bogarde). Modesty is aided in her mission by her loyal sidekick Willie Garvin (Terence Stamp), as well as a variety of high-tech gadgets and vehicles.

The film is known for its colorful and stylized visuals, with a variety of pop art-inspired sets and costumes. It also features a memorable musical score by John Dankworth, which blends jazz, pop, and exotic influences.

Despite being a critical and commercial disappointment upon its initial release, "Modesty Blaise" has gained a cult following over the years, with many fans appreciating its campy humor, visual style, and Monica Vitti's performance as the strong and independent Modesty Blaise. The film also spawned a comic book series, several novels, and a radio play adaptation.