Originally titled simply The Secret Service (after the graphic novel from which it's adapted), Kingsman: The Secret Service combines old school suave James Bond type (Colin Firth) and a street smart free runner (Taron Egerton), brought under the older man's wing for training. The comic's uncle/nephew dynamic has been jettisoned, but its Pygmalion style 'rags to Savile Row' theme remains. First mission: foiling a celebrity kidnap that's part of a master plan by Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson). Michael Caine (Harry Brown) is also aboard, adding to the films spy pedigree.
Vaughn is promising a movie that will tip a lead-lined bowler hat to spy movie history. "We missed all the spy movies we loved as kids, whether it was Bond or In Like Flint," he told Entertainment Weekly. "They had a sense of humour as well as being a thriller. With [Kingsman], we're subversing the spy movie genre as we know it."
Co-written by Vaughn and regular collaborator Jane Goldman (Stardust), Kingsman: The Secret Service also stars Mark Strong (Welcome To The Punch), Jack Davenport (Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End), Sofia Boutella, Sophie Cookson, Tom Prior and Jordan Long.
Kingsman: The Secret Service will be stealing into UK cinemas on 17 October.