Modesty Blaise
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A popular British comic strip series served as inspiration for this light-hearted espionage adventure, which if nothing else certainly shows the marks of its origins in the mid-1960s. A large departure for director Joseph Losey, better known for brooding interpretations of Harold Pinter works (The Servant, Accident), the film is emphatically bright and colorful, taking on at times a nearly psychedelic feel. The strangeness is emphasized by the unusual casting, including Italian star Monica Vitti in her first English-speaking role as the title character and Dirk Bogarde, playing against type as… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Not merely a spy spoof, based on a book and a comic strip about a femme James Bond type, the colorful production gives the horse laugh to many different film plots and styles."
‑ , Variety
"Joseph Losey weaves his own brand of magic with this psychedelic spoof."
‑ , Movie Talk
"I waited 20 years to see this movie, and boy was I let down! Terence Stamp was cool, though."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"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."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Joseph Losey didn't really do frivolous. Which is probably why his attempt at spoofy pseudo-Bondery is so direly unfunny."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Too much of it is just foolish, labored and sometimes painful camp."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"At a running time of just under two full hours, the boredom becomes as exaggerated as the wallpaper."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
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