7 things you didn’t know about Kingsman

Kingsman Mark Hamill

When the trailer for Kingsman: A Secret Service came out I whooped with joy at a film we’d all love as a family.
If you’re thinking of going to see this movie with you kids DO NOT!
15 certificates are apparently nothing like they used to be back in the day. I, Robot is a 15 and we’ve all watched it together. Kingsman is no I, Robot let me tell you.

The level of violence is stomach churning (I refer in particular to a church scene which I had to watch through my fingers).
The language is eye popping.
HOWEVER, the husband and I enjoyed it hugely.
The violent church scene was almost like a dance scene; done in a single take which was actually quite breathtaking as Colin Firth’s Harry embarks on a murderous spree with deadly precision.
And you will NEVER listen to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free Bird in the same way again!

If you know nothing about the movie at all, an international intelligence agency – Kingsman – are shadowy gentleman spies who work independently to, well, save the world obviously.
It stars the really quite wonderful Firth as an Avengers (the New Avengers rather than Avengers Assemble) style spy with a pin-striped suit and a killer line in one on one combat.

I’ve seen a couple of snooty ‘this is charmless’ and ‘obnoxious’ reviews but they seem to be missing the point as far as I’m concerned.
No it’s not perfect but it’s being billed as adrenaline-fuelled rollicking fun and that’s what I found it to be.

7 things you didn’t know about Kingsman

  1. The film is based on a comic book by Mark Miller called The Secret Service – the same person who wrote the comic book Kick Ass.
  2. The screenplay was written by Jane Goldman, Jonathan Ross’s wife. She also wrote the screenplay for the magnificent Stardust.
    She is currently working on the script for a new movie with Tim Burton called Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
  3. The film stars Mark Hamill, he of Luke Skywalker fame. I got to the very end of the film before I even realised which character he was playing! He’s the guy being strong armed by Colin Firth in the photo at the top of the page. Yes, yes, go on scroll back up I’ll wait. Yes, yes that really IS Mark Hamill!
  4. The movie has taken quite a departure from the original comic. In the comic book the plot revolves around the kidnapping of a famous movie star – one Mark Hamill. He is kidnapped along with a host of other celebrities including Patrick Stewart and David Beckham.
  5. In the comics, über henchman Gazelle is a black man with bionic legs. In the movie it’s changed to a woman with deadly blades for legs.
  6. Director Matthew Vaughn has described the film as a love letter to the old-time Bond movies and the super-spy movies and TV series he grew up with, such as The Avengers, The Ipcress File, The Prisoner and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  7. You can now buy a collection of Kingsman clothing ranging from suits to cashmere cardigans. Very English gent!
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