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Sonya Walger should be Modesty Blaise

Sonya Walger should be Modesty Blaise.

To backtrack for a second, Sonya Walger - the actor perhaps best known for her roles in Lost and FlashForward and Tell Me You Love Me and Common Law and the first The Librarian movie - was one of the stars of the show The Catch, which was just cancelled by ABC after two seasons.

Now it was cancelled because it wasn't especially good - for a variety of reasons - but one of the best things about the show was Walger. In particular her character of Margot Bishop. As initially introduced, the character is a con artist working with a small team in Los Angeles, but then it becomes clear in the first season that she is in fact the daughter of a major crime lord, with criminal operations in many countries across the globe. But not in America. And so when she left the family business along with her partner, they went to where the organization wasn't.

Though her brother (played by John Simm, who's a joy) and her mother arrive in Los Angeles with plans for expansion and then Margot takes the helm of the company by pushing the two of them out...

The point is that she managed to play a character who was a woman who was in her thirties or forties, but looking fabulous, who has relationship drama and familial issues, but she was also cold blooded, dangerous, had a sense of humor, was sexual, could be wounded and vulnerable, and in each episode was very dangerous. She was in short, a really interesting character.

Bishop reminded me of another character, Modesty Blaise. Created by Peter O'Donnell, the character grew up in an IDP camp in the aftermath of World War II, assembled a criminal operation and then gave it up to live a life of quiet and luxury. Which she found boring and then took cases from British intelligence to do the kind of wetwork and quiet operations that the government would of course never condone or assign to anyone. Or just take up doing favors for people or take care of business that crept up from her criminal past.

The novels and short stories are fabulous - even better than the long-running comic strip where she first debuted, at least to my mind. The films aren't as good. That's a story for another time.

But I do think that a Modesty Blaise series starring Walger as Modesty would be amazing. An ex-criminal mastermind who now does criminal things but for the government. Powerful, intelligent, colorful, dangerous. Walger could nail the character. All that's needed is a good actor to play Willie Garvin...although John Simm was funny and dangerous and great on The Catch...and the two actors already have chemistry...Simm isn't necessarily who I might have thought of it, but I do think Simm is brilliant and can do just about anything.

It would be great fun. Someone really needs to make this show. (I mean, I'd watch it...)

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