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Peter O'Donnell, born 1920 in London, England, was the creator of the highly successful character of ten referred to as the female James Bond. Modesty Blaise first appeared in a cartoon strip in London's Evening Standard newspaper Monday 13th May 1963, it ran for 5 months. O'Donnell also worked on other successful picture strip characters such as Garth and Romeo Brown. Such was the popularity of his heroine that a motion picture was made and released in 1966, widely regarded as a missed opportunity the author himself was disappointed by the casting and the film. To avoid any reoccurrence he purchased all the rights and so gained full control. It was around this time that the books began to appear, with great commercial success. Peter O'Donnell was was approached by Diana Rigg in the early seventies who wanted to bring the character to the small screen with herself playing Modesty Blaise. He was initially enthusiastic but the choice of leading man, Adam Faith later became a stumbling block. The books have been reprinted extensively and in different formats so are freely available, first editions for collectors are not so easy and are quite sought after by collectors.
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Modesty Blaise Novels
 
Title Publisher Date Notes
Modesty Blaise Souvenir 1965  
Sabre Tooth Souvenir 1966  
I Lucifer Souvenir 1967  
A Taste of Death Souvenir 1969  
The Impossible Virgin Souvenir 1971  
The Silver Mistress Souvenir 1973  
Last Day in limbo Souvenir 1976  
Dragon's Claw Souvenir 1978  
The Xanadu Talisman Souvenir 1981  
The Night of the Morningstar Souvenir 1982  
Dead Man's Handle Souvenir 1985  

Modesty Blaise Short Stories
 
Title Publisher Date Notes
Pieces of Modesty Pan 1972 paperback

Modesty Blaise Comic Books
 
Title Publisher Date Notes
In the Beginning Star 1978 paperback
The Black Pearl Star 1978 paperback
The Gabriel Set Up Titan 1984 paperback
Mister Sun Titan 1985 paperback
The Hell Makers Titan 1986 paperback
The Warlords of Phoenix Titan 1987 paperback
Death of a Jester Titan 1987 paperback
The Puppet Master Titan 1987 paperback
The Iron God Titan 1989 paperback
Uncle Happy Titan 1990 paperback

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