In popular culture

  • The theme song „Modesty (Modesty Blaise Theme)“ from the Losey movie was sung by David and Jonathan, with music composed by John Dankworth and lyrics by Benny Green. This appeared on the soundtrack album issued by 20th Century Fox (S 4182) and also as a single on the Fontana label. The album was released on CD by Harkit (HRKCD 8003) in 2001.

 

  • Rock group Sparks wrote and recorded a song intended as the theme tune for the aborted TV series. Using an amended title „Modesty Plays“ to avoid trademark infringement, it was released originally in 1982 as a France-only single and subsequently in a new version on their 1986 album Music That You Can Dance To. Singer Russell Mael admits that he is actually singing „Blaise“ not „Plays“.

 

 

 

 

  • British group the Direct Hits released their 4-track EP The Modesty Blaise Sessions on The Forbidden Label in 1986. The first track, „Modesty Blaise„, alludes to the character, especially in her comic-strip form.

 

  • In the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction, hit-man Vincent Vega is twice seen reading a Modesty Blaise book while seated on the toilet.