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When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage,
their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the
US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new
adventure that tests their agents' strength and wits to the limit, these two
elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in
order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy...
When Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service opened in early 2015,
several things happened. First of all, it introduced the Kingsmen, an
independent, self-funded British spy organisation dedicated to keeping the world
safe whilst, thanks to their cover as a high-end tailors, looking like they'd
just stepped out of a Savile Row shop front window. We met Harry Hart aka
Galahad, a suave gentleman spy played by Colin Firth with grace, charm and the
ability to wield a lethal umbrella. There was Merlin (Mark Strong), the
organisation's fastidious Scottish tech guru; Chester King aka Arthur (Michael
Caine), a leader with a dark side; Roxy (Sophie Cookson), an eager new recruit.
And, last but certainly not least, Eggsy (Taron Egerton), a kid from the wrong
side of the tracks who is recruited, taken under Harry's wing, and who finally
becomes a true Kingsman, rough edges and all.
Secondly, it was a no-holds-barred, boundlessly inventive action film that
played with and subverted the tropes established by a thousand spy movies before
it, with Vaughn and co-writer Jane Goldman coming up with a fast, funny and
consistently surprising concoction that constantly broke the rules and brought
us things that had never been seen in a mainstream movie before, from an
exhilarating action sequence set in a church to a setpiece where dozens of heads
explode to the strains of Edward Elgar's "Pomp & Circumstance".
Thirdly, audiences around the world ate up the combination of old-school spy
thrills and bright, new, modern twists. Kingsman: The Secret Service made over
$400 million worldwide, and paved the way for a sequel. That sequel is Kingsman:
The Golden Circle, in which Eggsy and the Kingsmen return to team up with an
American organisation to tackle a megalomaniacal, deluded villain with designs
on taking over the world. And it presented Vaughn - a man who has reinvigorated
the gangster movie, the superhero movie and the fantasy movie with aplomb - with
the challenge of his career.