March 10, 2014

Modesty Blaise Facebook Page

Hello everyone... Modesty Blaise fans now have a Facebook page... come join us!

This blog is still active, but as the Facebook page makes discussion easier, most of the chat is happening over there.

June 19, 2013

CD cover for radio play

One Modesty fan designed this great CD cover for the recent BBC radio play of A Taste for Death. Download and enjoy!

May 13, 2013

Happy 50th birthday Modesty!

Today is the 50th anniversary of the birth of Modesty Blaise.

The first strip made its appearance in the Evening Standard on May 13, 1963. Below are two sets of strips from the first story, "La Machine" (click them to enlarge).

It's too bad Peter O'Donnell isn't around to celebrate this day... although it's good to know that his creation still lives on.

You can read more about Modesty Blaise on Wikipedia or The Modesty Blaise Book Covers.

January 30, 2013

Modesty Blaise Swedish DVD Cover

The 1966 Modesty Blaise film has a brand new cover for the Swedish DVD edition. I'm surprised they even made a DVD of this film, given how most Modesty fans loathe this film!

New Swedish DVD cover - not Monica Vitti!
Back cover of Swedish DVD
More surprising is the fact that the model on the front cover is NOT the actress in the film! Monica Vitti is shown on the back cover, but not the front. This seems to go with the 'misleading' theme, where the covers do make the film look quite good... IMO this is going to lead to many disappointed viewers! I think it would make more sense to stay with the original cover, which is at least somewhat in keeping with the spirit of the film.

Interesting that the English DVD advertizes the film as a "spy spoof" (which the film was not intended to be) and plays up the "comic touches" (many of which also weren't intended). At least it doesn't mislead! - although I'm still surprised this film ever made it to DVD.
Original 1966 film poster

New English DVD cover: "A spy spoof loaded with comic touches"

December 5, 2012

A Taste for Death BBC Radio Play: All the News to Date

For those who haven’t read the previous posts, here is all the news to date on the Radio 4 production of A Taste for Death.
Note: all new information will be updated in this post; scroll to the bottom for updates. 

Scroll to the bottom for the episode guide.

The brand-new dramatisation of Peter O'Donnell's fourth Modesty Blaise novel will be broadcast on the Radio 4 "15 Minute Drama" slot over the five weekdays of the week before Christmas, 17–21 December. The episodes will be available online as they are broadcast, and for up to a week afterwards.

The script has been written by bestselling crime author Stef Penney (author of ‘The Tenderness of Wolves’). The music was composed specially for the programme by Will Gregory, and has been recorded by the National Orchestra of Wales.

Stef Penney's adaptation has to fit the time available for the broadcasts, which means that some things have had to be cut and others handled in a different way. However, the production is in good hands: Stef has been a devoted fan of Peter O’Donnell's work for many years, and Kate McAll, the BBC Executive Producer who is handling the production, is one of the most respected producers in radio drama.  They have worked together on other literary dramatisations.

Modesty Blaise: Daphne Alexander
Willie Garvin: Carl Prekopp
Sir Gerald Tarrant:  Alun Armstrong
Steve Collier: Geoffrey Streatfeild
Dinah Pilgrim: Samantha Dakin
McWhirter: Alex Ferns
Delicata:  Sam Dale
Sir Harold Presteign: Nigel Anthony
Skeet: Jeff Mash

Daphne Alexander as Modesty Blaise Carl Prekopp as Willie Garvin Alun Armstrong as Sir Gerald Tarrant
Geoffrey Streatfield as Steven Collier Samantha Dakin as Dinah Pilgrim Alex Ferns as McWhirter
Sam Dale
as Delicata
Nigel Anthony
as Presteign
Jeff Mash
as Skeet

NEW: Daphne Alexander was on BBC Radio London today (December 11), on the Robert Elms show. You can listen to the program on the BBC iplayer (fast forward to 2:35.35 for the interview).

Also, the BBC website now has some promotional videos for the radio play:

Stef Penney will be doing a live interview on Woman's Hour on the first day of the broadcasts, 17 December. Woman's Hour is immediately before the 15 Minute Drama slot, 10 - 10.45am London time

Go to the Radio 4 iPlayer schedule, or follow the links below to access the episodes: