‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Trailer and Poster: Colin Firth is a Super Spy

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Matthew Vaughn popped up on many a film geek’s radar after he turned the Kick-Ass comic book – written by Mark Millar – into a satirical take on the costumed hero cinematic sub-genre. He went on to direct another comic adaptation, in X-Men: First Class; however, after nearly taking the helm on the followup, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Vaughn ultimately stepped away from the world of mutants, to instead go make a movie about a different sort of superhero – the master spy, based on the archetype’s depiction in Millar’s comic, The Secret Servivce.

Vaugh’s adaptation – redubbed Kingsman: The Secret Service – stars Oscar-winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) as a master secret spy, who mentors an “unrefined but promising street kid” (played by relative newcomer Taron Egerton) in the art of protecting the globe from criminals and terrorist threats, covert-style. It reads as being a fairly stock buddy/teacher-student premise, set in a more old-fashioned espionage movie world (think 1960s/70s James Bond); that Vaughn will bring some of his now-trademark stylistic flourishes and cheekiness to the basic setup, is what makes Secret Service sound more intriguing than it might’ve otherwise.

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Colin Firth in ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’

You get a taste of that in the first Secret Service trailer, as included above (via Yahoo! Movies); in addition, this footage provides a sneak peek at what the refined Firth is like, when he flexes his action hero muscles with his tongue pressed against his cheek – though, perhaps not quite as firmly as, say, when Ralph Fiennes went secret agent in the campy Avengers TV show adaptation from the late 1990s. Firth told EW that he was surprised by how much he liked the combat training that he underwent for Secret Service, saying:

“I was afraid it was ridiculous. I think what’s brilliant about Matthew is that he takes people’s expectations and likes to mess with them… I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed myself so much in my life. I realized that I’d made assumptions about myself that meant I had probably been neglecting something that I might have enjoyed for years if I’d got to it earlier.”

In that same interview, Firth touched on additional subjects concerning his preparation to star in Secret Service, such as the variety of martial arts specialists that he trained under – as well as the benefits he gained, in terms of his physical build. (“Well, I’ve got a one-pack. At 53, anything that isn’t just a kind of blob of mozzarella just hanging there is something of an achievement.”). So, be sure and read the whole EW interview, in addition to checking out the official teaser poster for Kingsman: The Secret Service below, courtesy of Coming Soon (click the image for the higher-resolution version).

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Vaughn is coming off his highest-grossing film to date with X-Men: First Class (over $350 million worldwide), though Secret Service‘s box office performance is likely to be more on the level of his other non-X-Men film collaborations with screenwriter Jane Goldman, Stardust and Kick-Ass. We’ve yet to see Goldman and Vaughn turn a genre completely on its head. (Well, perhaps with Kick-Ass they did – depends on who you ask.) However, as Firth alluded to, the pair have proven to be quite adept at having fun with conventions; their venture into spy cinema territory, looks to be in keeping with that trend.

Rounding out the Secret Service cast are Samuel L. Jackson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Michael Caine (Now You See Me), Mark Strong (John Carter), Sofia Boutella (Monsters: Dark Continent), and Jack Davenport (Smash), among others.

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Kingsman: The Secret Service opens in U.S. theaters on October 24th, 2014.

Source: Coming Soon, EW, Yahoo! Movies

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  1. Looks like fun. And the presence of so many heavy hitters can’t hurt.

  2. Matthew Vaughn is a talented director, so this could actually be pretty good.

  3. I like Matthew Vaughn’s work, everyone always seems like they are having fun during the filming of it, and it always nice see his regulars take part in the process via Mark Strong(Stardust,Kick Ass,now Secret Service) always a treat.

  4. Looks really Awesome !
    Vaughn is an Fantastic Director,what a shame he did not do X-Men:First Class 2 !
    Anyway…Millar is really Lucky to have him Direct and elevate his Material to such a higher Level !

    • Yes it is a shame that vaughn fixed the franchise with a tenth of the budget of the othere movies, then singer jumps on the band wagon.

  5. This looks great! And I love Matthew Vaughn. Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and Stardust are all fantastic movies. He’s a very talented and underrated.

  6. Sam Jackson has to be in every third movie made or the world will EXPLODE!!!!

    • he’s just going undercover, dun worry

  7. Looks pretty darn cool I’m all for seeing it

  8. LOOKS AMAZING!!! only have one gripe with it and thats that he is supposed to be the kids uncle… why would they change that part of the story… its far more plausible than just saving a random street kid… hmmm… oh well. the film still looks like real good fun! :)

    • @ Kingsman

      I don’t think they dropped the part about him being the uncle.
      At one point in the trailer they talk about the kid finding out about something. They don’t say what it is but I’d bet that’s it.

      I could be wrong though. I never read the comic.

      • i hope your right!

  9. Looks a lot better than I thought it would! And the cast is great, Mark Strong is one of my favorite actors so i’ll probably check this out!

  10. Hmmm, I don’t know….this might not be anything special, or it could be mildly fun, but I will possibly check it out on Netflix.

  11. Colin Firth. I’m there, no questions ask :)

  12. “I’ve got a one-pack. At 53, anything that isn’t just a kind of blob of mozzarella just hanging there is something of an achievement.”

    Amazing. Colin Firth is the man.

    Also, this movie looks awesome. Big fan of Kick-Ass and X-men first class.

  13. Not convinced by the tonal mix of colin firth and the ‘Gambit’-like light-hearted style of the trailer.

    too many painful memories from said recent failure of a pairing.

    plus in general re: the trailer: it seems pretty luny premise. Then again, maybe it’s a well-made movie despite its conceited setting. Whoooooo knows……until the film comes out.

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