Keene Curtis was seen in numerous tv shows of the period, usually as authority figures. But these are mere niggles. I think it worked and it's a fun story that I always enjoy reading again. For one thing, Bond was a loner, while Modesty works with her indispensable partner, Willie Garvin. Tullus, the adventures of a Christian boy in Roman times. In telling the story, you have to keep it moving, keep it interesting and, above all, keep reminding the reader of what has gone before. Having amassed her goal of half a million pounds sterling by the time she was about 25, she turned the Network over to its regional bosses and she and Willie also wealthy by that time retired to a quiet life in England.
A writer needs the courage to let his characters be imperfect humans, since that's the only kind of humans who inhabit the imperfect world! There is a large article on Peter O'Donnell on Wikipedia, with a complete bibliography. By exploring the historical, cultural and technological contexts in which each director was working, this book traces the formative period in commercial cinema when directors went from pioneers to industry heavyweights. By all accounts from Modesty fans, it was a terrible movie. Buy it today and you'll be hooked. Modesty quickly rose through the ranks of the criminal underworld, becoming the head of a gang based out of Tangier.
I didn't know where I picked it up from, so I read the book. The plot moves quickly, the characters are well developed, it has a ton of 1960's culture, and is concise. The diamonds are part of a deal to secure oil for Britain and Sir Gerald Tarrant, head of a British secret service organisation, needs some specialist help to prevent the plot being carried out. I can only say I wholeheartedly recommend it. But that said, I'm still invested enough in this heroine and her future adventures to continue reading the series! Apparently written as a screenplay featuring his newspaper comic strip characters, Peter O'Donnell's first Modesty Blaise novel isn't bad, but it can't measure up to the later entries in the series thanks to it being just another in the flood of espionage stuff that was glutting the market at the time, albeit with outstanding protagonists. Comics are good, and this book was good, but for the love of all that is right and good in the world I beg of you do not go see the movie. The other 2 is the — in my view, needless — differences between comic strip and novels.
The illustration work was incredible! She is hired by the British government to protect a shipment of diamonds, which international thief Gabriel Bogarde is after. The plot moves quickly, the characters are well developed, it has a ton of 1960's culture, and is concise. He sold his first story in 1936 when he was sixteen to The Scout, one of many magazines manufactured in England for young readers. Read them yourself and decide. Tight plotting and wonderful prose make this a very entertaining read, with a unique pair of heroes. Absolutely as a character she is great, I just wish I liked the book around her more.
And there was no loss of masculinity in this. I wondered how I managed to miss these when I was a teenager and absolutely starved for active female protagonists whose entire reason for being wasn't marriage. To me, Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin are a literary pair that ranks with Damon and Phintias. He promptly recommended Holdaway, and Modesty was, forthwith, given visual life. The film was a badly done send up of the typical James Bond type spy movie, this is probably why I never bothered to read the books.
I ordered this after reading everything O'Donnell read under the pen name Madeline Brent. No wonder our dreary American cousins reading rubbish like Batman or Flash Gordon or even Wonder Woman for comparison! This is the first novel in the Modesty Blaise series, and gives the readers some background on the characters. The novel's advantage is that O'Donnell gets the space to work on some characterization of the two main characters, Modesty and Willie Garvin, and the villains though movie Bondish, even they get enough quirks to be at least mildly interesting. And, Bond and Blaise both face-off against larger than life villains. Modesty herself is no plaster saint; I didn't approve of everything she's done in her life, or every aspect of her lifestyle now. The Modesty Blaise series was a great action series, featuring the title character and her assistant, Willie Garvin. The heroine is played by the Italian actress Monica Vitti in her first English-speaking role- something I have always regarded as an uninspired piece of casting because Vitti's spoken English was not particularly fluent, although she certainly had the looks for the part.
This, the first, finds Sir Gerald Tarrant, the head of the Service, contemplating a task for which he has neither the personnel, the facilities nor the skill-set: to protect from attempted theft the payments from H. The pair are formal criminals, of the sort of 'moral criminal' that fiction allows. Hamlin Buz Sawyer -- The War in the Pacific Buz Sawyer -- Sultry's Tiger Flash Gordon -- Star Over Atlantis Roy Crane's Captain Easy Here are some of the strips currently featured in Comics Revue. I felt that making the film in this way was a mistake. A subscription plan is available for future issues.
The plot, set in what appears to be Los Angeles, involves Modesty and Willie preventing the kidnap of a young girl who turns out to be a computer genius and has been working for Tarrant's agency. Beat James Bond all to heck. They both work for the British Secret Service, Bond usually and Modesty quite frequently. He writes action scenes that are clear, vivid and gripping; and he sets his action in the context of a moral framework --recognizable good is pitted here against genuine evil, and O'Donnell makes us root wholeheartedly for the former and despise the latter. When he gives the information to Modesty, Tarrant is does so telling her that there are no strings attached to his gift, thereby winning her gratitude and promised help should he need it in the future. At that point, I had read about the Modesty Blaise strips, but hadn't seen any full stories and was aware of the campy 60's film.
Her bond with her sidekick Willie was also refreshing, unlike the relationship with Hagan. Circumstances bring her back into action, though in this time she is working in the employ of British Intelligence. The basic plot is a simple one; Modesty is recruited by British Intelligence to foil a plan by gang of jewel thieves to intercept a shipment of diamonds to a Middle Eastern sheikh. In 2001, O'Donnell decided on a more upbeat ending to the comic strip. I kept one copy of the book and the other was sent to the artist. She is an athletic woman in her late twenties, in peak physical condition.