Directed by Matthew Vaughn and loosely based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, the film proved a box office smash, raking in $414.4 million off the back of a modest $80 million budget.
As such, it came as no surprise when 20th Century Fox announced that a sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, was in the works for a 2017 release date. Arriving on 22 September, the follow-up – which continues the story of delinquent turned secret agent Eggsy – looks set to be even bigger than its predecessor.
Given the anticipation surrounding the Golden Circle, there’s no better time to revisit the original entry in the Kingsman franchise. This is especially the case as – despite its enthusiastically over-the-top style – the movie is actually layered with plenty of easy to overlook details.
To make life easier for you, we’ve used our own espionage and infiltration skills to compile this list of 15 Things You Completely Missed In Kingsman: The Secret Service. So read on, and remember: Manners Maketh Man!
All directors have their trademarks – little “calling cards” that crop up frequently in their films and immediately remind you that you’re watching one of their films.
For Alfred Hitchcock, it was blondes and self-cameos. For Quentin Tarantino, it’s obscure film references and…feet.
John Woo is partial to slow-motion and doves, while Tim Burton tends not to shout “action” without off-kilter gothic visuals and Johnny Depp present and accounted for.
In the case of M. Night Shyamalan, the filmmaking tic that tends to crop up most in his movies is the plot twist, or more specifically, twist endings.
Unfortunately, consistently coming up with ways to pull the rug out from under the audience has proven a difficult act for Shyamalan to maintain, and his unsustainable game plan has thus far yielded only two great films.
The first is pop culture touchstone The Sixth Sense. The other is Unbreakable, Shyamalan’s less well-remembered foray into the world of comic book mythology, which turns 15 this month.