RARA-AVIS: Re: Peter O'Donnell

From: Dick Lochte (dlochte@gmail.com)
Date: 10 May 2010

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    A few years ago Tarantino did produce a Modesty Blaise movie, "My Name Is Modesty." The DVD is available from various sources. While much closer to the strip, it could have used more of T's story-telling expertise. Not to mention directorial flourish. It stars an actress named Alexandra Staden who's OK. Plot involves a gang of brutal thieves trying to take over a casino owned by Modesty's mentor. It's been a while since I saw it, but I don't recall Willie Garvin being in it. At least not in a memorable way, obviously. According to my notes, Scott Spiegel directed. There was also an American TV pilot that was shown on ABC many, many years ago, starring Ann Turkel. I've been unable to find a copy, but I remember thinking at the time that it was a much less fey sequel to the movie. No heroic Arabian cowboys. No goldfish cocktails. (Though I have to admit a mild amusement at Dirk Bogarde's goofy final line after his defeat. "Mother . . . Champagne, please."

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