Modesty Blaise is former criminal turned spy heroine created in 1963 by Peter O'Donnell and Jim Holdaway. It spawned a comic strip that ran for nearly forty years, ending in 2001, 13 novels, a short story collection, a radio play, one feature film, one TV movie and one straight to DVD release.
I love the character; I love her purely platonic relationship with her partner the cockney Willie Garvin, I love the stories, the attitude, but perhaps most of all I love the imagery
Robert McGinnis did some wonderful art based on her
But she's still in fashion today
She's been the basis of two movies; The rather camp and unfaithful Modesty Blaise in the 60s with Monica Vitti
And the gritty but not cheap 'Tarantino Presents' My Name Is Modesty with the rather good Alexandra Staden
Tarantino keeps saying how much he'd like to make a real Modesty movie. I don't care who is behind the camera, as long as it gets made and it stars the only actress right for the role; the beautiful Eva Green
Actually, as much as I love Casino Royale (proper Bond) it's almost a shame to see Green and Daniel Craig as Vesper and Bond, because they'd make a great Modesty and Willie don't you think?