Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Spy Camp: The Outrageously Silly Modesty Blaise Finally Makes It to Home Video

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Spy Camp: The Outrageously Silly Modesty Blaise Finally Makes It to Home Video

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Modesty Blaise * Directed by Joseph Losey * Starring Monica Vitti, Terence Stamp, and Dirk Bogarde * 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

With the Austin Powers series making '60s-era spy spoofs chic again, it was only a matter of time before some smart (and very likely gay) cookie over at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment realized it was high time that Modesty Blaise be brought out on DVD. For while Austin, Dr. Evil, and Mini Me are fun, they can't compare with Monica Vitti, Terence Stamp, and (most especially) Dirk Bogarde in Joseph Losey's film version of Peter O'Donnell's comic strip about super-thief-turned-superspy Modesty, originally released in 1966--when Mike Myers was 3 years old.

Pushing aside the Antonioni ennui that made her famous, Vitti is utterly delicious as Modesty, slinking through more costume and wig changes than Norma Shearer had in Marie Antoinette. And Stamp, fresh off the gloom of The Collector, has many a wig flipped as well as her sidekick, Willie Garvin. But the main attraction is Dirk Bogarde as the self-proclaimed "villain of the piece," master criminal Gabriel. …

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