First impressions? It's a heck of a sales pitch. The villain and his evil scheme come to the fore a little more here, as Samuel L. Jackson's (Django Unchained) Valentine eyes a bunch of chemical weapons with which he can sprinkle liberal helpings of death and destruction on the innocent and those simply in the way. There's also more of Sofia Boutella's Gazelle, the Rosa Klebb to Jackson's Blofeld, and her amazingly sharp looking legs. She's an amputee whose injury has been put to bloody good use, thanks to the addition of two blades, as you can see from this new For Your Eyes Only (1981) homaging poster.
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. 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), Sophie Cookson, Tom Prior and Jordan Long.
Kingsman: The Secret Service will be stealing into UK cinemas on 29 January next year.