In the movie and trailer, when the new Kingsman recruits have their first night's sleep interrupted by a deluge of water pouring into the dorm, on-set, the scene went horrifically wrong. As Writer, Producer, and Director Matthew Vaughn recalls "I shouted 'action!', the computer got it wrong and vrrrrssshh, everyone was twenty feet down underwater. Cameras, sound guys. Guys were in waders full of water, panic, everyone diving in, and pulling people out." The set, painstakingly planned and rehearsed using height markers and computer-programmed water tanks, washed away in a nearly Biblical flood when said computers went rogue. "Those actors weren't acting, they were absolutely terrified", shudders Vaughn. "It was awful for the first day of filming."
Writer, Producer, and Director Matthew Vaughn originally wanted the Kingsman Agents to kill the dogs, but Writer and Producer Jane Goldman felt it risked losing the audience. Eventually, they came up with a compromise of using blanks instead. Harry's "stuffed dog" scene was kept in, but he explained it died of pancreatitis years later.
Many of the villains in the James Bond franchise have had some form of physical dysfunction, difference, or abnormality. Samuel L. Jackson's character of Richmond Valentine was originally intended not to have a lisp. However, Jackson completed his first take with a lisp. Matthew Vaughn yelled "cut!", and talked to Jackson, who revealed to Vaughn that, prior to having an acting career, he actually had a lisp, which he eventually overcame. It was also jokingly remarked that this lisp is Valentine's reason for being villainous.
According to "The Gentleman's Guide" on this movie's official website, "The Rules" of a Kingsman Gentleman are as follows: (1) A gentleman never tells about conquests, private matters, or dealings. His business is nobody else's. (2) A gentleman doesn't clash in public with enemies or exes, or worse, with out-of-fashion contrasts, colors, or styles. (3) A gentleman is always happy to serve, whether it's opening the door, picking up the bill, or merely calling a cab the next morning. Ask him for help and he cannot refuse. (4) A gentleman never reacts to rudeness. He pretends he doesn't recognize it and moves on like it never happened, because it never should have. (5) A gentleman is always on target with witty remarks, interesting facts, and conversation starters that bring the best out of everyone. And (6) A gentleman asks non-invasive questions to keep a conversation going and attention focused on others. He makes them feel like the most interesting person he's ever met, whether that's true or not. Interestingly, new Kingsman Agent Eggsy (Taron Egerton) follows none of these.
Writer, Producer, and Director Matthew Vaughn wanted the character of Merlin (Mark Strong) to have a Welsh accent, but Strong found the accent too challenging, and persuaded Vaughn to let him use a Scottish accent instead.
Sofia Boutella had to undergo an intense training schedule to portray the part of Gazelle. Boutella has said: "They taught me Thai boxing, Taekwondo, and how to work with cables. Gazelle uses her legs to kill, so I had to learn different types of kicks. I'd never done anything like it before."
Taron Egerton worked out very hard for months on end to get in shape for this movie, eventually developing six-pack abs for his shirtless scenes. He said that it "required a lifestyle change" for him and "total commitment to living a certain way and being very militant about what you eat." He said he overall enjoyed the experience and would definitely do it again if there is a sequel. He was thrilled that his body was captured looking that way for the silver screen, adding "to see my body transform and then to have that there forever on-screen is quite a nice feeling. For generations to come, we can all appreciate my abs."
When plummeting towards the Earth with only one parachute, Roxy (Sophie Cookson) and Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton) perform a stunt known in the skydiving community as a "Mr. Bill". This is where Eggsy hangs on to Roxy, who then deploys her parachute, so both of them hang suspended underneath the one chute. The opening shock, and resulting forces, make this stunt impossible to execute during terminal velocity.
Amy Purdy, the double amputee snowboarder in Sochi and runner up from Dancing with the Stars (2005) was originally cast as "Gazelle", but when filming was delayed, she dropped out, so she wouldn't miss the Olympics.
If you go to 11 Savile Row on Google Maps Street View, you can actually walk inside Huntsman and Sons. Before you enter however, note the "Kingsman" symbol in the right bottom corner of the front window, and when you go directly to the back of the shop, on the wall in the left hand corner is a picture of Colin Firth, wearing their suit.
When the Kingsman recruits are going through the basic training program, they still look good, and wear what are known as "siren suits". These outfits were inspired by the one-piece garment famously worn by former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
One of the objectives of the studio and the filmmakers was for this movie to be the first in a franchise. Writer, Producer, and Director Matthew Vaughn said: "Well, that's the plan, otherwise someone's going to lose a lot of money."
Matthew Vaughn has said that his vision for this movie should be interpreted in terms of what Steven Spielberg wanted to do with Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), where Spielberg took the movie genre with which he grew up as a kid, and then re-interpreted it in a "modern, fresh, accessible way."
Comic book writer Mark Millar once told Matthew Vaughn about a newspaper article he had read about how Terence Young, who directed the first James Bond movie Dr. No (1962), had cast Sir Sean Connery against the wishes of James Bond Creator Ian Fleming. Fleming had seen Agent 007 as more of a James Mason or David Niven-type, the latter actually portraying him in the unofficial spoof Casino Royale (1967). Millar said: "Young realized he had to turn Connery, this rough Edinburgh guy, into a gentleman, and before they started shooting the movie, he took him to his tailor, to his favorite restaurants, and basically taught him how to eat, talk, and dress like a gentleman spy."
Inspired by the 2012 Paralympics in London, Writer, Producer, and Director Matthew Vaughn wanted to have a character with a prosthetic leg, similar to the "Flex-Foot Cheetah" worn by paralympian sprinters. At one point, Oscar Pistorius was approached about playing the role of "Gazelle", and his representatives were asked if Pistorius could play a convincing killer. He later declined to take the role to focus on practicing for future sporting events. In February 2013, Pistorius was put on trial, and later sentenced for shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Also in this movie, Gazelle shoots someone through a door. Pistorius had shot Steenkamp through a door.
Screenwriters Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn were keen to make some changes to Mark Millar's source story, and take this movie in a slightly different direction. They crafted a backstory for the organization that was slightly less governmental, and the gentleman spy was no longer the street-punk's uncle, but a former colleague of his father's, who'd lost his own life while saving the spy.
Taron Egerton got up to a weight of eighty-eight kilograms (one hundred ninety-four pounds) and twelve percent body fat for this movie. He felt it was "necessary to show muscle definition if you are going to save the world."
The classic British Gentleman's Wardrobe, featured in this movie, is a sixty-piece collection that includes suits, watches, ties, umbrellas, briefcases, and more. Some movie posters feature the whole of the arsenal.
Galahad a.k.a. Harry Hart (Colin Firth) attributes his quotation from Ernest Hemingway about being noble to him. This is a common misattribution, and the oldest known version of the quote is from the book "Good Health" from 1898, and most likely it's from an old Indian proverb. The alleged Hemingway quote said by Hart in this movie states: "There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. The nobility is being superior to your former self."
The Kingsman shop, seen in this movie, is based on the world-renowned Huntsman shop, according to Production Designer Paul Kirby. Shooting on-location was impractical, so Kirby and his team built their own version of the Kingsman shop, in the studio at Leavesden. The tailors at Huntsman loaned the production some props to add authenticity. Kirby said: "We were then able to crank up the volume and density of some things, and strip away some others. If you walk down Savile Row and have a look in the Huntsman window, as I'm sure some people will do after seeing this film, you'll see some elements that are similar, and some that aren't. We wanted to put our own mark on it."
Writer and Producer Jane Goldman has said of Writer, Producer, and Director Matthew Vaughn: "Matthew's got such a love for the James Bond movies, and 'Kingsman' is about embracing that genre, while also doing something new with it. Matthew's been talking about doing a spy movie for years, even back when we were working on Stardust (2007)."
According to "The Hollywood Reporter", "While lots of films have done clothing or jewelry or product tie-ins after the fact, this is the first time that the idea for a full collection of clothing was conceived while the film was being conceived."
At the "Kingsman" press conference at the San Diego Comic Con in August 2014, Samuel L. Jackson answered a reporter's cell phone, which rang on the table in front of the actors as it was recording their answers. Jackson stayed on the phone with the caller, to the great amusement of everyone in the room.
Gadgets and weapons featured in this movie include: exploding silicon microchips, remote-activated poison pens, double-barrelled hand-pistols, bullet-proof designer-fashion suits, a fifty thousand volt electrified signet ring, augmented virtual reality spectacles, a bulletproof AR targeting system, ammunition-firing black designer umbrella, super-spy smart watches, which can fire sleep darts and magnetized bolas, artificial razor-sharp silver-metal legs of female acrobat Gazelle, and shoes with poisoned neurotoxin pop-out blades, reminiscent of those seen in From Russia with Love (1963).
When Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton) asks if the suit will fit him, Merlin (Mark Strong) tells him that "bespoke" always fits. This is the difference between bespoke and made-to-measure (MTM). A bespoke suit uses a pattern created specifically for the individual wearer, with multiple fittings (five plus is not uncommon, each building on the fitting before), and colors and fabric to suit individual tastes. MTM is made from a pattern already created, using pre-selected fabrics and colors, and commonly has one fitting to measure and adjust the pattern, and a second to fix any errors.
The movie was initially going to be set in the U.S., but after much consideration, it was finally decided to set it in the U.K. Writer, Producer, and Director Matthew Vaughn insisted on keeping the story based in Britain, so source comic book writer Mark Millar knew he'd need to find a British illustrator to capture the subtle differences between the classes, and that person was Dave Gibbons.
According to Matthew Vaughn, he decided to work on this movie because he felt it was an opportunity too good to be passed up, and would rather not see it filmed by someone else. While working on a treatment for X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), he saw a work-in-progress version of the comic on which Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons were working. He told the studio that he wanted to do this movie, and then asked Bryan Singer, who produced X-Men: First Class (2011), whether they could swap duties. All parties consented to his idea, on condition that Twentieth Century Fox would distribute and finance this movie.
Matthew Vaughn told Colin Firth, for his performance and characterization of Harry Hart, to channel David Niven, rather than Sir Roger Moore, the latter portraying James Bond in seven movies, with Niven portraying Sir James Bond in the unofficial James Bond spy spoof Casino Royale (1967), with Niven also once considered to play Bond in the official franchise.
This movie was released two years after its source comic book was published. "The Secret Service" rolled out onto the shelves of comic book stores in February 2012, telling the story of a gentleman spy, training his street-punk nephew, to be the next great Secret Agent, and exploring two co-existing sides of British culture.
Only three of the characters from the source comic book were used for the screen version. They are: Gazelle (with a gender change), Dr. James Arnold (who is now a Professor), and Gary London, who is now Gary Unwin.
During production, football star David Beckham, singers Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John, and Skyfall (2012) songstress Adele, were all rumored to be making cameos in this movie, but none of them were ever confirmed. Matthew Vaughn has said of this: "They're all bullshit. I wrote a draft with celebrities in, but it got too confusing, so we binned it."
The skydiving scenes were shot in real-life. Acting as stunt doubles were the Red Bull skydiving team, consisting of Andy Ford, Mike Carpenter, Steve Scott, Lucy Maycock, Chris Ivory, Dave Ruffell, Phil Curtis, Andy Duncan, Sean Freeman, Steve Howes, and Ramsey Kent. World-famous skydiving photographer Norman Kent was leading the execution of the shots.
The movie is the fourth consecutive teaming of Writer and Producer Jane Goldman and Writer, Producer, and Director Matthew Vaughn, after Stardust (2007), Kick-Ass (2010), and X-Men: First Class (2011). Vaughn was fleshing out ideas for the movie version with Goldman, while the source comic book was being published. The pair have collaborated on most of the movies Vaughn has directed to date. They created the new script, as source comic book Creators Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons were producing the comic, in much the same way Vaughn and Goldman had approached the adaptation of Millar's earlier then in-progress "Kick-Ass" story. Millar said: "Matthew and Jane work together so brilliantly. Whatever you give them, it always comes back better. There's nothing lovelier than seeing your book adapted, and actually being better than you had imagined."
The closing credits dedication states: "In loving memory of my mother Kathy (Kathy Ceaton), who always put the extra into ordinary and taught me what a Kingsman should be." Ceaton is the late mother of Matthew Vaughn, and was also the mother-in-law of Claudia Schiffer.
Harry Hart references Trading Places (1983) to Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, asking him if he's ever seen it. Later in the movie, when Eggsy first puts the suit in the airplane, Merlin compliments him by saying, "Looking good Eggsy". To which Eggsy replies, "Feeling good, Merlin". This is the same line in the last scene of Trading Places (1983), said between Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd's characters, "Looking good Billy Ray!", "Feeling good, Louis!"
Fashion Editor, Consultant, and Net-a-porter Empire Founder Natalie Massenet has said: "I knew the clothes had to really serve the plot, and they do in our film. An elite secret group of gentleman spies camouflage their identity, by holding meetings in a Savile Row tailor's shop. It's not like the clothes are an added benefit, or not utterly functional to the story. They are a big part of the story. Colin Firth is grooming a young man to be the next gentleman spy, and in this case, the clothes do make the man."
Some of the tabloid headlines in Galahad's office: "Brad Pitt Ate My Sandwich", "Germany - 1, England - 5", "Speed Camera Outrage", "Naughty Nun Touched My Bum", "Suite Tooth", "I Swear I Thought They Meant Coca-Cola", "Grievous Bloody Hypocrisy", "They're Behind You!!!", and "We don't mean to gloat, but..."
Taron Egerton (Gary "Eggsy" Unwin) and Edward Holcroft (Charlie) had a big bodybuilding competition on-set, to determine "who would get the biggest pecs", because they both had shirtless scenes in the movie, and wanted to look their absolute best. But Egerton said that he eventually came out on top, saying "I think Edward may have the guns (biceps), but in terms of abs and pecs, I think I just pipped him to the post."
The British version of the movie had to have some of its violence components edited out in order for the movie to garner a "15" classification in the U.K., otherwise, it was likely going to be slammed in that territory with an "18" certificate. According to the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) website's precuts information for this movie, "during post-production, the distributor sought, and was given advice, on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission."
This movie featured a bulletproof AR targeting system ammunition-firing black designer umbrella. According to myvue.com, in real-life, "back in 1978, Bulgarian Author Georgi Markov was assassinated when an umbrella, partly developed by the Soviet K.G.B., fired a fatal pellet the size of a pinhead, containing the poison ricin into his leg."
It was on the set of the genre-bending Kick-Ass (2010) that Matthew Vaughn noted Mark Millar, who conceived the concept for, what would finally become, "Kingsman: The Secret Service". Millar has said: "We agreed we wanted to explore the origins of an elite spy, but focus on an unlikely candidate."
According to the press notes, this movie wryly subverts the conceits of the spy genre, telling the story of a gentleman spy who takes an ordinary working class kid under his wing and trains him in the art of espionage. It's about a street kid's journey from one social class to another, set in the two colliding worlds of life and death adventure and a very ordinary street existence. Matthew Vaughn said: "The film is a blend of everything I learned from making Lock Stock (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)), Snatch (2000), and Layer Cake (2004), which were gangster movies, as well as my comic book films Kick-Ass (2010) and X-Men: First Class (2011)."
The production wanted this movie to be "The Best of British". Production Designer Paul Kirby said that you can't do a British spy movie "without considering Bond", and that the movie they wanted to make is a pantomime of the Sir Roger Moore-era Bond movies. Kirby added: "James Bond has gone a little bit dull, while they chase the (Jason) Bourne franchise."
Source comic book Illustrator Dave Gibbons was drawn (no pun intended) to the story, by the fact that it was set in Britain, and that the characters were intrinsically British. Gibbons has said: "There's nothing that's really quite as exciting as things that are grounded in reality. Even with the most outlandish fantasy, you have to ground it in reality, for it to remain feasible. So if you're going to have people flying around in jetpacks (like in Thunderball (1965)), and ejector seats (like in Goldfinger (1964)), and possess all the wonderful gadgetry, the fact that the "Secret Service" comics are set in a believable South London, that the kids looked believable, and that the cars fit, is really important to sustain and feed the fantasy."
Gazelle (Sofia Boutella) has metallic weaponized anatomical appendages, in keeping with the graphic comic, as well as some of the iconic villains and henchmen from the James Bond film franchise, such as Dr. No (1962) (metallic hands); the title character Goldfinger (1964) with his obsession with gold, as well as Oddjob (steel rimmed bowler hat) from that same movie; Tee-Hee (metallic hook hand) from Live and Let Die (1973); and Jaws (metal teeth) from Moonraker (1979) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
The poster design style of one of the main posters, with all of its variations, with a woman's legs and thighs in the foreground, and a male in the background situated between them, was iconic and controversial when it was used for the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only (1981). When shooting the still for that movie's main poster, photographer Morgan Kane allegedly asked the model to put the bathing suit on backwards, as they hung too low over her legs. After the poster had been released, some newspaper editors felt that there was too much buttock shown in the poster. To show less skin, the suit was extended, or shorts were added to the hips in the posters. The original poster caused outrage amongst various groups, causing Saskatchewan, Canada to rate the film "Special X", despite being rated PG or equivalent virtually everywhere else. That rating was later lowered. Apparently, the model's identity was not known for some time. More than one model alleged that she was the owner of the legs, but it was finally revealed they belonged to then twenty-two-year-old New York City model Joyce Bartle. This movie's poster avoids the controversy by not having naked legs and thighs, and with Colin Firth's eyeline gaze looking downwards, instead of Bond's in the For Your Eyes Only (1981) poster looking upwards at the Bond poster Girl.
The character of henchwoman Gazelle was so named, according to Sofia Boutella, who portrays her, "because she's in total control of her legs." The character is a beautiful, super-smart, double-amputee killing machine, with deadly running blades. Boutella adds: "Gazelle wears prosthetics that, when she's fighting, unleash razor sharp blades, which makes her very dangerous." That, and the character's name originally came from the graphic comic.
Several people involved in this movie have worked on other comic book adaptations as well. Matthew Vaughn directed X-Men: First Class (2011), Samuel L. Jackson played Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sir Michael Caine and Mark Hamill appeared in Batman adaptations, as Alfred Pennyworth and The Joker, respectively. Mark Strong played Sinestro in Green Lantern (2011), and the villain in Kick-Ass (2010), which was also directed by Vaughn. Hamill played The Trickster (James Jesse) in The Flash (1990).
This movie's art and set direction was inspired and influenced by long-time James Bond franchise Art Director and Production Designer Ken Adam. Given this movie's Bondian influences, Production Designer Paul Kirby embraced the opportunity to give a nod to Ken Adam, who worked on many of the early James Bond movies. Kirby said: "We made something with its own sensibility, but there are one or two subtle nods to acknowledge Ken's body of work. There's not a designer in the world that isn't a fan of his." Kirby has worked on three James Bond movies, and all Pierce Brosnan Bond movies, they being GoldenEye (1995), Die Another Day (2002), and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
The British Gentleman's Wardrobe fashions, seen in this movie, are a collaboration of Matthew Vaughn, Costume Designer Arianne Phillips and "MR. PORTER", the award-winning global men's style retail tailors, combining the best international menswear with editorial content, these all creating for this movie, a dream team of British heritage brands, to create a new menswear label, that refreshes that wardrobe.
In the movie, Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, talking to his little sister, says, "Oh my days, haven't you gotten big!" "Oh my days" is a common English expression, the rough equivalent of "oh, my God". However, many viewers misheard this as "Oh my Dais'", and believed Eggsy to be referring to his sister with a shortened version of the name Daisy. In reality, Eggsy's little sister is never named in this movie.
The pistol carried by the Kingsman is a pre-World War II Soviet Tokarev TT-30. Designed and made by Cohort Film Services' armory technician, the TT-30s were refinished and reblackened, and feature custom handmade grips, re-profiled slides, hammers, and frames, and an underbarrel shotgun attachment. They can also accept custom suppressors, which were also designed and made by Cohort. Six pistols and suppressors were made for this movie.
Gary "Eggsy" Unwin's training dog is named "J.B." after American super-spy Jack Bauer, from the FOX television series 24 (2001). Despite the character's North American origins, the revival mini-series 24: Live Another Day (2014) took place in London, England, where this movie is largely set.
The press notes state that the gentleman spy is a classic trope of British cinema, from the authentic view of the lonely sleuth presented by John le Carré, to the high-tech, high-testosterone fantasies of the 1960s James Bond movies. Colin Firth has said: "So you have a bit of (author Len Deighton's spy protagonist) Harry Palmer, a bit of (James) Bond, and a bit of (John) le Carré, and it's all there for the sake of entertainment."
Brand integrations, product placements, and promotional tie-ins seen in the movie in the exclusive Kingsman designer range include the Savile Row shopfront; Mackintosh coats and outerwear; Drakes handmade ties, pocket squares, bow ties and silk accessories; George Cleverley shoes and footwear; Turnbull & Asser cotton poplin and Oxford cloth shirts; Bremont watches, clocks and timepieces; Cutler and Gross glasses, frames, and eyewear; Swaine Adeney Brigg leather goods and umbrellas; and Phillips suits, jackets, and trousers.
The President of the United States, who appeared in this movie, is not a depiction of Barack Obama, despite bearing a striking resemblance. Writer, Producer, and Director Matthew Vaughn stated in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, "First of all, it's not Obama. I just want to be clear. The easiest way to making the point, where people knew that Valentine was in power, was to have the White House. We needed someone who was reminiscent of Obama, so that people got the point."
This movie was originally going to be released late 2014, around late October or November, depending on the territory, but the movie was not ready, so the worldwide release launches got pushed back to dates, most of which were during February 2015.
On this movie's specialized direct specific for movie product branding and manufacture, Vanessa Friedman of the The New York Times wrote: "The clothing line is a risky move, as it is so dependent on the success of the film and its potential for sequel after sequel, and the investment required is not insignificant, especially compared with the traditional product placement deals where filmmakers get the stuff free (or as a pay-to-play, depending on the agreement) but the clothing brand gets the associated windfall if your picture makes it big. When you think about this approach, however, the payoff could be huge, ready-made content for marketing, not to mention ready-made celebrity spokespeople. Every mention of the movie, every interview with an actor, will be a chance to move merch (merchandising). It takes the whole famous-person-with-a-fashion-line to a more abstract, conceptual level."
Although Galahad claims that The Sun's tabloid headlines in his office are all celebrity nonsense, and the the real things he did never made the news, the cover at the far right is the controversial "Gotcha" cover from the sinking of the Argentinian cruiser Belgrano during the Falkland Islands War.
Placed number two at the U.S. box-office for its first three weeks of release. Furthermore, it remained in the U.S. box-office top ten for its first eight weeks, until the release of four new movies pushed it to number sixteen.
When Harry Hart (Colin Firth) has Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton) click his heels like a German, a blade comes out of the shoe toe. Harry also mentioned in the old days there was a phone in the heel, a reference to the television spy comedy Get Smart (1965).
The distinctive aircraft in the skydiving scene is a Short SC-7 Skyvan 3-100 (G-BEOL). The SC-7 is an Irish plane, produced from the 1960s to the 1980s, and is widely used for skydiving purposes around the world.
Many posters for this movie are reminiscent in design style of the iconic James Bond poster for For Your Eyes Only (1981). This type of poster design with a woman's legs and thighs in the foreground and a man (Bond) between them in the background has also been used for Abel Ferrara's Ms. 45 (1981) and the French poster for Transporter 2 (2005), amongst a few others.
When Gary "Eggsy" Unwin is standing in his room, a Millwall F.C. scarf can be seen on the mirror. Geoff Bell, Eggsy's stepfather in this movie, played the boss of the Millwall firm in Green Street Hooligans (2005).
Second movie from Twentieth Century Fox in recent years to allegedly use the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only (1981) for material or marketing. In Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), one of the primates kicked a car off of a bridge, the same way that James Bond (Sir Roger Moore) did in For Your Eyes Only (1981). Secondly, in this movie, one of the major release movie posters uses a close-up of a woman's legs in the foreground with a character juxtaposed in the background between them, just as with the main poster for that Bond movie.
The name of the biopic about internet billionaire Richmond Valentine's (Samuel L. Jackson's) rise to power was "Richmond: The Movie". Twentieth Century Fox logos surround the movie poster in this movie.
Canadair Challenger N247CK, which was featured in this movie, is operated as a prop by Shoot Aviation, and is normally stored at White Waltham airfield in Berkshire, England. It was rescued from an uncertain fate from Oxford Airport in 2014. The wings and fin have been made removable, so that the airframe may be transported to other locations or studios. The complex regular landing gear, has been replaced with simple robust steel fabrications. The interior is fully fitted out. Amongst other productions, the aircraft also featured in the BBC television mini-series The Night Manager (2016).
The Huntsman clothing store, on which the Kingsman shop is based, on Savile Row, has a sign next to its entrance. On one side is "Huntsman, est. 1849", and on the other side it says "Kingsman, est. 1849". Also, the Kingsman logo is on the front window of the store.
In the scene where Galahad and Valentine confront each other at Kingsman Tailors, Valentine says the line: "I guarantee it", which is the slogan of the American men's dress clothes retailer Men's Warehouse.
In Pulp Fiction (1994), Jules (Samuel L Jackson) says the famous line "Royale with cheese". In this movie, his character Valentine is filmed alongside a McDonald's cheeseburger when eating with Harry Hart (Colin Firth), perhaps a subtle nod towards the classic line.
The address of 11 Savile Row in London used in the film is just five doors down from 3 Savile Row, which, at one time, was the office to Apple Records and is where The Beatles performed their rooftop concert (their final concert).
The song featured on the trailer is David Bowie's "Suffragette City" (1972) which was originally released on Bowie's "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" 1972 album, then as a single in 1976.
The plane being flown by the Swedish Prime Minister is not accurate. The Prime Minister flies a white Gulfstream in real-life. However, since this is a fictional story based on a comic book, the plane doesn't have to be authentic to real-life.
Gary "Eggsy" Unwin uses the alias "Chester King" to gain entry into Valentine's lair. This was stated to be Arthur's real name. It is also the name of one of the seven actors who played a "Kingsman Knight", and is given in the closing credits.
The tail number N247CK was originally assigned to a 1982 Canadair CL-600 Challenger in October of 2009, and deregistered when the aircraft was exported to England in March of 2012. It is still on reserve until March of 2017.
It was originally announced on May 20, 2014, that Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson would be composing the music for this movie, but later, on July 11, 2014, it was reported that Gary Barlow would be the composer.
Considering that a bespoke shop is a cover for the Agency, Sir Michael Caine, who appears in this movie, is a close friend of former footballer Mike Summerbee. They appeared in Victory (1981), and Mike became a tailor after retirement.
When Harry is deliberately lying to get out of the church, he says he has a "black Jewish boyfriend". Had this been true, it would've been the third movie for Colin Firth to play a gay man, after Mamma Mia (2008) and A Single Man (2009).
Three actors who have played the same fictional character: In the scene when Gary "Eggsy" (Taron Egerton) is asked by Arthur (Sir Michael Caine) what his dog is called, to which he replied, "J.B." "As in James Bond?" Arthur asked dryly. Caine appeared with Sir Sean Connery in The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and A Bridge Too Far (1977), Pierce Brosnan in The Fourth Protocol (1987), and Sir Roger Moore in Bullseye! (1990). Connery, Brosnan, and Moore played James Bond.
The name of the principal intelligence agency in this movie is "Kingsman". Real-life intelligence agencies also mentioned in this movie included the F.B.I., K.G.B., MI6, Mossad, and the Chinese Intelligence Agency, with the latter also informally being referred to as Beijing.
The initials of Gary "Eggsy" Unwin's dog, "J.B.", stood for "Jack Bauer", while the acronym "A.P.S.S." stood for "Auto Program Search System", and for the "H.A.L.O." plane jump scenes, the letters stand for "High Altitude Low Opening". A sequence of this kind appeared in the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), a spy film franchise, which this movie regularly parodies and references.
Gary "Eggsy" Unwin's line in the post-credits scene "As a wise man once said" was also used in Kick-Ass (2010). Kick-Ass (2010) was also written and directed by Matthew Vaughn, was based on a comic book, and featured Mark Strong.
The Kingsman coin was manufactured in Birmingham, UK by the uniquely and highly skilled artisan Stewart F.... using tradition Chemical Etching methods. His work is undertaken largely in complete secrecy.
The license plate number on Arthur's (Sir Michael Caine's) taxi, that Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton) steals, and goes home to find out that his mother's eye has been blackened by her boyfriend, is "YV13MOM".
In Dorian Gray (2009), Colin Firth played the role of Lord Henry Wotton, otherwise known as "Harry". His character in Dorian Gray (2009) and this movie are named "Harry", of an upper class, and act as a sort of mentor or guide for the central character in both of the movies. However, Lord Henry is seen as corruptive, whereas Harry Hart has a positive influence.
When Gary "Eggsy" Unwin first looks into the large hangar at the Kingsman headquarters, a plane that looks like a Nimrod AEW3 can be seen on the right. In real-life, this program was cancelled, with the Royal Air Force buying the U.S.-built Boeing E-3 Sentry aircraft instead.
During the test of the recruits' loyalty to Kingsman, when Roxy (Sophie Cookson), whose scene of her tied to the railway tracks with a train hurtling towards her wasn't shown, but Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Charlie (Edward Holcroft), both of whom were shown being interrogated by The Interrogator (Richard Brake), were tied to the railway tracks with a train hurtling towards them, were probably wishing the train would brake. So the actor's surname "Brake" was rather apt.
In the big church sequence, Galahad/Harry Hart killed fifty-eight people, overall sixty-one. Valentine killed one thousand two hundred sixty-seven people, caused by him sending out a broadcast signal, that ends up with people killing each other, overall one thousand two hundred sixty-eight. Merlin killed two hundred twenty-seven people by detonating the security chips, and shot five Arctic Guards. Gary "Eggsy" Unwin killed twenty-eight people. Arthur accidentally poisoned himself, when drinking the brandy, after Gary "Eggsy" Unwin switched the glasses.
In Arthurian legend, Sir Lancelot is "The Brave", and Sir Galahad is "The Pure". Therefore, it is fitting that Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton) does not earn the title of Lancelot, and instead goes on to take Harry's (Colin Firth's) place as Galahad, as Eggsy demonstrates repeatedly in this movie, that he is pure of heart, and Roxy (Sophie Cookson) earns the Lancelot title, by conquering her fear.
The end joke was intended as an R-rated version of the classic Bond movie end jokes. Writer, Producer, and Director Matthew Vaughn said: "The whole movie is a post-modern love letter to spy films, and as a kid watching Moonraker (1979), I hear 'Bond is about to attempt re-entry, Sir'. (The end of this movie featured a shot of Princess Tilde's (Hanna Alström's) buttocks). I remember that line. So we've blown peoples heads up, we've had massacres in churches, we've pushed the boundaries, we should at least have the classic spy movie end joke, and do the R-rated version."
Two of the three top-billed actors in the cast, Samuel L. Jackson and Sir Michael Caine, get killed off. In Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), Harry Hart (Colin Firth) is shown to have survived his injury.
The ending pays tribute to James Bond movies, when Gary "Eggsy" Unwin returns to the Princess' cell. Several Bond movies ended with Bond being "caught" in bed with a woman. Here, Merlin (Mark Strong) must close his computer screen as Eggsy make his move on Princess Tilde (Hanna Alström).
Towards the end of the movie, right after Roxy has destroyed one of the satellites belonging to Valentine, he plans to use another existing satellite to complete the network. He is heard saying "Hey E, it's V" ("V" for Valentine). The person called "E", is Elon Musk. Referencing him both with this, and SpaceX, an aerospace company paying tribute to Elon Musk's plan of launching hundreds of satellites to space soon, to provide worldwide accessible internet access.
When Gary "Eggsy" Unwin returns to the Princess' cell after ''saving the world'', the code which he enters on the alpha numeric pad are "2,6,2,5". On an alpha numeric keyboard, those numbers could spell out the words "ANAL" and "COCK", which are references to the Princess telling Eggsy that they could "do it in the asshole" if he saved the world.
A week after the movie premiered, it was revealed that SIM card maker Gemalto, who are responsible for billions of SIM cards around the world, were compromised by British and U.S. Intelligence Services. Several government bodies had all their SIM cards replaced as a precaution. Rogue SIM cards are a major plot device in the movie.
Specifically, the world-domination scheme of this movie's archvillain, Richmond Valentine, is that it posits that the global population has caused climate change to reach uncontrollable levels, so it requires culling. His deadly plan is to produce SIM cards that he will distribute freely around the world, and which will both stimulate aggression, and reduce inhibition. They'll literally cause people to tear each other apart, save for a select few chosen for their intelligence, power, and beauty. With protective chips implanted into the heads of these elite, Valentine has rounded them up and transported them to his secret base. Source comic book writer Mark Millar has said: "I 'borrowed' the idea from a professor I met from Glasgow University. He had explained to me that if the Reptilian complex at the very base of the human brain was activated, we would be extremely territorial and aggressive, and ultimately destroy each other. There's a radio frequency that drives everyone nuts."
Aside from Gary "Eggsy" Unwin's (Taron Egerton's) mother attempting to harm her daughter, there is never any violence directed at or around a child in any of the heavy fighting scenes. All locations of fighting are strictly with adults against other adults. It is also noted that there are no children that fall victim to the "kill-switch" devices implanted by villain Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson).
The Kingsmen are considered to be latter-day, modern-times equivalents of the Knights of the Round Table from Arthurian legend. Such legendary character names are used as the Agents code-names in this movie. These include Arthur, Merlin, Galahad, and Lancelot. When Roxy becomes a Kingsman Agent, she is not called a female Arthurian legend name such as Guinevere, though, she gets the Lancelot name.
Gary "Eggsy" Unwin named his dog "J.B." after Jack Bauer, the hero of 24 (2001). Yet he failed a test used twice in that show. These were (1) proving allegiance by pointing a gun (actually safe) at an ally and (2) squeezing the trigger.
The clock Valentine runs during the movie's climax is the "V-day" clock likely referencing a doomsday clock. However, if successful, "V-day" or "Valentine's Day" would be a worldwide massacre, or a "Valentine's Day Massacre", so it could also be a reference to the infamous massacre in Chicago, Illinois.
Samuel L. Jackson appeared in Cell (2016), based on a Stephen King novel about a cell phone pulse that turns humans into murderous animals. The plotline in this movie showcases Jackson's Valentine character sending out a similar pulse through free SIM cards.
In the final fight scene between Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Giselle (Sofia Boutella), she is defeated when he stabs her arm with a Kingsman shoe blade. Giselle's veins begin turning green, indicating that she has been poisoned. In Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), victims of Poppy Adams' (Julianne Moore's) contaminating of all types of drugs had their veins turn blue, rather than green.