Like all good espionage practitioners, Matthew Vaughn's upcoming action-thriller has dipped into its big box of disguises, pulling out a couple of forged passports, a stick-on moustache and a whole new identity. No longer just 'The Secret Service', Vaughn's take on Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons' comic book is now going by Kingsman: The Secret Service. The first trailer for the film is now online.
In addition to the first footage, there are also some stills that show off its star Colin Firth in all his suave, John Steed-like glory, and the teaser poster, which takes its cue from Firth's nifty armory.
Kingsman: The Secret Service combines old-school Bond type (Firth) and a street-smart type (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 Samuel L. Jackson. Michael Caine is also aboard, adding to the spy pedigree. Yes, Bill Haydon, Nick Fury and Harry Palmer: together at last.
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 his Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Stardust, X-Men: First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service also stars Mark Strong, Sofia Boutella, Sophie Cookson, Tom Prior and Jordan Long. It will be stealing into UK cinemas on October 17.