In the comic, illustrator David Lloyd often subtly changed V's Guy Fawkes mask to suit the mood or tone a particular scene. The filmmakers considered designing a number of subtly different masks, but they ultimately decided to alter the shadows and lighting in post-production.
On a clock that has an hour hand and a minute hand, the time 11:05 makes a V. These two numbers, 11 and 5, where 11 is November, and 5 is the day of November, spell out: the fifth of November. "Remember, remember the 5th of November."
When shooting the fight in Victoria Station, the stunt-men literally moved in slow motion on set whilst David Leitch (Hugo Weaving's stunt double) moved in real time, making it seem as if he was moving much faster then the Fingermen. The scene was shot at 60fps to slow the Fingermen down even further.
The reason the secret police are called "Fingermen" is because the New Order was arranged on the model of the human body. The Chancellor was the Head; the television station BTN was the mouth; visual and audio surveillance were the Eye and the Ear; Inspector Finch was part of The Nose, the police force, and Creedy's secret police were the Hand.
Certain scenes within the film feature James Purefoy as V, who was originally cast in the role but replaced by Hugo Weaving four weeks into filming. Weaving's voice was simply dubbed over Purefoy's performance. Director James McTeigue said in an interview: "Can I tell the difference? Yeah. Can the audience tell? I doubt it."
When we look into Valerie's flashback, there is a brief scene when she talks about meeting her lover while filming her movie. When we see the scene of her washing clothes in the bucket, the film crew behind her was composed nearly entirely of the real crew for "V for Vendetta".
Evey mentions to Gordon Dietrich that "eggie in the basket" is the same breakfast V made for her the first morning she spent at his place. She fails to mention (or doesn't notice) that Dietrich and V also both greeted her in exactly the same way, not with "good morning" but with, "bonjour mademoiselle." Also, Stan Getz is playing in the background in both instances.
For the scene when V emerges from Larkhill, stunt double Chad Stahelski literally walked through fire, wearing just a special fire resistant gel and a g-string. Stahelski's body temperature had to be lowered before the scene was shot, and luckily, it was 3 below zero the night of the shoot. 15 minutes before a take, he would put on ice cold flame resistant clothing, and once he took them off, he would be covered with fire resistant gel which had been icing all day long.
The exchange between Evey and V that ends with V saying, "A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having!" is a reference to a famous paraphrase of the words of American Anarchist Feminist, Emma Goldman (1869-1940). One version of the familiar line attributed to her is, "If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution." While this particular phrase is not hers, it is a distillation of a passage from her autobiography, "Living My Life" published in 1931.
The original comic series was originally created by Alan Moore. However, following his negative experience with From Hell (2001) and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), Moore decided to reject all money and credit from Hollywood on any adaptations of his work. Thus, he gave all the money he would've gotten to the artist who drew the character with him, and rejected his own "created by" credit from the film.
Madam Justice is often depicted wearing a blindfold to represent justice that does not see, and cannot be biased or discriminatory in any way. This film shows the statue of Justice that has stood above the Old Bailey criminal courts since 1907, which is not blindfolded.
The scenes in the abandoned London Underground station were filmed at Aldwych, a Piccadilly line station that closed in 1994. The branch still has tracks and electricity, meaning trains can still operate.
After Finch's stealthy visit to Larkhill, he explains he has a 'feeling' of knowing what has happened in the past and what would happen in the future. The montage of the future happenstances clearly shows Evey setting the 'Scarlet Carsons' in a vase and as she walks out of frame, and Finch's reflection drinking from a glass in the mirror on the wall behind, can be seen clearly. This could be a foreshadowing to indicate that Evey and Finch end up together. Also the scenes yet to happen in the film like V being shot by Creedy's men and Evey looking up, at the explosives stacked in the train are clearly seen.
The name of the rose which V uses as a calling-card has been changed for the film. In the book, it is a real variety, 'Violet Carson' (named after the British actress and pianist Violet Carson). The film changes this to 'Scarlet Carson' - presumably under the assumption that the audience would think the name referred to its colour, not to a person. It is, in fact, yellow.
Background checks were conducted on every actor and technician who carried a weapon in the Parliament Square scenes. The bar-codes on each piece of weaponry were scanned, to track the individuals authorized to handle them.
The two tanks used in the Parliament Square scenes were real decommissioned army tanks. Each night, prior to transporting the vehicles to the shoot, each tank was inspected by government security personnel to ensure the weaponry was not functional and had not been altered in any way. They were then taken via truck to the location, with no stops allowed during transport, and were accompanied by armed security officials the entire way.
In the original graphic novel, V's cause was anarchy, not freedom. Alan Moore was very critical of the movie for changing what he called the "anarchy vs. fascism" structure of his graphic novel into what he saw as an exploration of "American neo-liberalism vs. American neo-conservatism" that should have been set in the U.S. instead of Britain.
When V meets Creedy, he says, "Penny for the Guy." In England, children ask for money to buy fireworks around November 5th, "Guy Fawkes Day." On that day, children make a Guy Fawkes mannequin to be burned on a bonfire in the evening, amid fireworks.
The account of Adam Sutler's rise to power that V delivers to Inspector Finch closely parallels the account Leo Tolstoy gives of Napoléon Bonaparte's rise to power in France in Part I, Chapter III of the Epilogue to War and Peace.
The plot of the film is remotely similar to that of the Alexandre Dumas père novel 'The Count of Monte Cristo' as both stories revolve around characters who escape from imprisonment and proceed in seeking revenge on all of those responsible for their incarceration.
Euan Blair, son of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, worked as a runner for the film's production company. The role drew criticism after actor Stephen Fry suggested that political connections affected obtaining permission to film in government buildings. The producers strenuously denied the allegations. Conservative MP David Davies told the Sunday Times, "It smacks of sheer hypocrisy that Blair's government is willing to arrest a woman for simply making a protest in Whitehall but is happy to open the doors when Blair's son turns up in a film which is about parliament being blown up."
The tag line references 'The Bonfire Prayer.' It commemorates 'Guy Fawkes night', November 5th, when a Catholic plot to overthrow the British parliament was foiled. Several variations exist. One version is "Remember, remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder treason and plot. I see no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot. Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent to blow up the King and the Parliament. Three score barrels of powder below, Poor old England to overthrow. By God's providence he was catch'd, with a dark lantern and burning match. Holloa boys, holloa boys, make the bells ring. Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King! Hip hip hoorah! A penny loaf to feed the Pope. A farthing o'cheese to choke him. A pint of beer to rinse it down. A faggot of sticks to burn him. Burn him in a tub of tar. Burn him like a blazing star. Burn his body from his head. Then we'll say ol' Pope is dead. Hip hip hoorah! Hip hip hoorah!" It is still recited in full at the famous Lewes bonfire night celebrations in East Sussex.
In the movie Mr. Creedy says: "You've got nothing but your bloody knives and your fancy karate gimmicks. We have guns." This line is similar to one from Mr. Almond in the book, a character that was excluded from the movie.
Evey and Gordon watch a spoof skit on the Gordon Deitrich Show, in which a fake V teases a fake Sutler. After "Sutler" trips, the music switches to a fast-paced tune. The song is "Yakety Sax", also known as the theme from The Benny Hill Show (1969), and the sped-up comical chase that follows is a clear reference to such antics on the Hill Show.
Several of the main themes (music), when written out on a staff form the letter V if the notes are connected, dot to dot. Specifically the theme that's played at the beginning of "The Dominoes Fall," or the piano solo during "Valerie."
The voice-overs about the futility of non-violence and the definition of humanism that can be heard during the end credits are sound bites from speeches given by Malcolm X and Gloria Steinem, respectively.
V wears a mask in the guise of Guy Fawkes who is most famous for his involvement in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, which he was placed in charge with executing due to his military and explosives experience. The plot, masterminded by Robert Catesby, was a failed attempt by a group of provincial English Roman Catholic conspirators to kill King James of England and VI of Scotland, his family, and most of the Protestant aristocracy in one swoop by blowing up the Houses of Parliament during its State Opening.
In the montage scene shown when Detective Finch is describing how he felt everything was connected in a long chain of events, they show scenes from throughout the movie. One scene that is shown but hasn't actually occurred is Evey, her hair grown long again, in a room next to a vase of scarlet carsons. As she steps away from them, you can see in the mirror the reflection of Detective Finch, raising a glass to drink from - as he has done many times in the film. This suggests that he and she will be living together (or at least friends) after the end.
The symbol of the Norsefire Party is one form of an ancient heraldic symbol called the "Croix de Lorraine". A similar symbol was adopted as the official symbol of General Charles de Gaulle's Free French Forces between 1940 and 1944. It was later used for various Gaullist political parties in France, notably the RPR (Rally for the Republic).
Evey winds up living with Finch. While Finch is explaining about his trip to Larkhill to Dominic you see a quick scene in which Evey is walking away from a vase of Scarlet Carsons, Finch is in the mirror holding a drink.
In the memorial for those that died as a result of the virus, the statues are of children playing "Ring a Ring o' Roses". It is often assumed that the nursery rhyme was created in reference to the Great Plague of the mid 17th century, however this connection is considered baseless.
The building used for the wide-angle shot of Evey on the balcony actually exists, although certain architectural details were digitally modified. It is located at 1 Cornhill, London, and is just across the street from the Bank of England.
Included in the images seen on T.V. as Valerie talks about America's war growing worse and then eventually coming to London, is footage of baby Jessica McClure being pulled out of the well she fell into in Texas in 1987.
In one scene recalling THE MATRIX, V enters a building and is challenged by a guard. V opens his coat, revealing a large stash of weapons. The guard curses in surprise. There is a similar scene near the end of THE MATRIX.
In the last scenes where everyone is taking off their masks, we see Gordon Deitrich(played by Stephen Fry)removing his mask to reveal a face without wounds, though he had suffered wounds on face during the struggle with fingermen and was said to be dead by V.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
There is a duality in the movie between V and Evey. As it is shown at the beginning of the movie V was created through fire (laboratory fire scene), signifying destruction and vengeance in contrast with this, later on in the movie (rooftop scene), Evey is reborn through water signifying rebirth and forgiveness. The movie ends with V's death, symbolizing the end of suffering and vengeance, leaving room for Evey. And so vengeance dies leaving room for forgiveness and destruction yields in front of rebirth.
Hugo Weaving appears unmasked while V is pretending to be the old man who gives the information to Inspectors Finch and Dominic. He also appears unmasked, though with his face always in shadows, while a disguised V acts as the guard/torturer of Evey while she's imprisoned. He also appears at the climax while all the Londoners watch Parliament being blown up take their masks off, he is standing right behind Finch's partner.
The Houses of Parliament destroyed in the film are not the same buildings which Guy Fawkes planned to destroy in 1605. The original Parliament buildings were destroyed in a fire in 1834. The current buildings are built on the same site and took 30 years to build, finishing in 1870. They were largely destroyed again in World War Two and rebuilt to the original design in the late 1940s.
There are repeated references to the letter "V" and the number five throughout the film. For example, V's introductory monologue to Evey begins and ends with "V", has five sentences, and contains 49 words that begin with "V". Similar references are made through V's background, choice of words and action. V is held in Larkhill cell number "V". A favorite Latin phrase of V's is said to be from "Faust" but in fact was a motto of the notorious occultist Aleister Crowley: "Vi Veri Vniversum Vivus Vici" ("By the power of truth, I, a living man, have conquered the universe". The word "Vniversum" is mis-spelled in the movie and original comic as Veniversum; ). In a dance with Evey, the song V chooses is number five on his jukebox, though all the songs on his jukebox are numbered "5". When V confronts Creedy in his home, he plays Beethoven's "Fifth" Symphony, whose opening notes have a rhythmic pattern that resembles the letter "V" in Morse code (...-). The Symphony's opening was used as a call-sign in the European broadcasts of the BBC during World War II in reference to Winston Churchill's "V for Victory". The film's title itself, is also a reference to "V for Victory". In the battle with Creedy and his men at Victoria station, V forms a "V" with his daggers just before he throws them. After the battle, when V is mortally wounded, he leaves a "V" signature in his own blood. The destruction of Parliament results in a display of fireworks which form the letter "V" (just like at the beginning with Old Bailey), which is also an inverted red-on-black "A" symbol for anarchy. Like the Old Bailey and Larkhill, Parliament was destroyed on the fifth of November. Also, Big Ben shows the start of the group of Vs at 11:05 pm, creating a giant V on the clock face. 11:05 is also the month and day format for the 5th of November. The fireworks at the end of the movie also form the letter V. It is also noted that in roman numerals, the number 5 is represented by a V symbol.
It's commonly believed that Delia is the only character who dies that same way in the movie as in the novel. If you listen closely while the bishop is being killed, when the scene cuts to the surveillance van, you can hear V saying "now open your mouth and stick out your tongue." In the novel, the bishop died after eating a poisoned communion wafer.
In the movie, the Old Bailey is blown up at the beginning, and the Houses of Parliament are blown up at the end. In the graphic novel, the Houses of Parliament are blown up at the beginning, with the Downing Street saved for the grand finale one year later. The graphic novel also has the grand finale on the 10th of November, not the 5th.