Kingsman: The Secret Service is an interesting new 20th Century Fox spy thriller that will appeal to MI-6 fans while introducing American viewers to some of the quirks of the British secret service.
Kingsman is based on the successful comic book The Secret Service. It follows a veteran agent of the British secret service who recruits a street kid to be his protégé as he trains him and inducts him into high-tech espionage. The film has a deliberate James Bond flair, and when a global menace appears, the new agent is pressed into service to defeat it.
Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) stars as Harry Hart, and Taron Egerton (Inspector Lewis, The Smoke) stars as street kid Gary “Eggsy” Unwin. Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) is Valentine. Also appearing are Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Michael Caine (The Dark Knight), Jack Davenport (The Pirates of the Carribbean: The Secret of the Black Pearl), and Sofia Boutella (Azur et Asmar).
Director Matthew Vaughn (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels) also participated in writing the screenplay, which was adapted from Mark Millar and David Gibbons’ comic book The Secret Service. The plot of The Secret Service concerns the kidnapping of actor Mark Hamill, so securing Mark Hamill for the movie version was a priority for the producers. Matthew Vaughn was brought on for Kingsman after he dropped out of directing X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Kingsman is currently in post-production as shooting began on October 6, 2013, in Surrey, England.
Gary Barlow, who appears as a judge on English TV’s The X Factor, is writing the movie score.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is set to be released on February 13, 2015, after being pushed back from four earlier proposed release dates.