Farewell, Modesty

The Arts

Sad to hear of the death of Peter O’Donnell, the writer of mysteries and of comic strips best known as the creator of Modesty Blaise, sexy and smart superspy heroine. He was also an historical romance novelist who wrote under the female pseudonym Madeleine Bren. Joseph Losey’s Modesty Blaise movie was rubbish, but the visual epitome of sixties glamour. Not sure about that hoodie, though. Time someone remade her adventures, now that Bond has seemingly expired?

5 comments on “Farewell, Modesty”

  1. Mary says:

    I was a big fan of Dirk Bogarde but this is one film I didn’t see…perhaps a merciful omission?

  2. Yeah, the Losey movie was utter rubbish: somebody who had never read or understood comic strips’ idea of what a comic strip was: nonsensical, preposterous and garish. Still, there was a recent Modesty Blaise adaptation which showed much promise: “My name is Modesty”. Done on a tight budget, looks like, and closer to a telefilm than a thetrical movie, but rather well done, I thought.

  3. Helen Martin says:

    What was it about the 60’s and 70’s that we wore such ghastly clothes in the most peculiar colours? A tight budget is not necessarily a bad thing because you have to pare to the basics and aren’t as likely to indulge in things like that olive and gold thing poor Modesty’s wearing up there.

  4. Shuku says:

    I grew up with Peter O’Donnell’s books and I still have a soft spot for Modesty Blaise. I have a good chunk of the Modesty novels which were recently reissued, and I go back to them when I need to read something other than a lot of the insane drivel that’s going around these days.

    He will be missed.

  5. Kevin says:

    Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin are at the top of my list of favourite fictional characters. I can happily re-read the novels and comic strips repeatedly, although I know the storylines by heart, purely for the pleasure of spending time in their company.

    RIP Mr O’Donnell.

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