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Kingsman: The Golden Circle [2017]

Director:Matthew Vaughn
Writer:Jane Goldman
Matthew Vaughn
Composer:Henry Jackman
Matthew Margeson
Length:141 minutes
(2 hours 21 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:53%
Amazon Rating:3.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the United States. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

Reaction: Again, limit pushing and very violent. But, with the exception of one scene, the violence is a little less problematic for me this time around. Not a fan of the scene where they place a bug, though.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Matthew Vaughn => Director / Writer
Jane Goldman => Writer
Henry Jackman => Composer
Matthew Margeson => Composer
Dave Gibbons => Original Graphic Novel
Mark Millar => Original Graphic Novel
Björn Granath => The King of Sweden
Bruce Greenwood => President of the United States
Calvin Demba => Brandon
Channing Tatum => Tequila
Colin Firth => Harry Hart
Edward Holcroft => Charlie
Elton John => Elton John
Emily Watson => Chief of Staff Fox
Halle Berry => Ginger
Hanna Alström => Princess Tilde
Jeff Bridges => Champ
Jeff Ricketts => Poppy's Attorney
Julianne Moore => Poppy
Keith Allen => Charles
Lena Endre => The Queen of Sweden
Mark Arnold => General McCoy
Mark Strong => Merlin
Michael Gambon => Arthur
Pedro Pascal => Whiskey
Poppy Delevingne => Clara
Sophie Cookson => Roxy
Taron Egerton => Eggsy
Thomas Turgoose => Liam
Thorston Manderlay => Senior Representative #4 (uncredited)
Tobi Bakare => Jamal
Tom Benedict Knight => Angel (as Tom Benedict-Knight)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Director Matthew Vaughn revealed that he and Goldman have a third "Kingsman" film planned. In the September 2017 edition of Total Film, Vaughn revealed that his personal choice for the role of the villain of the third Kingsman film is Dwayne Johnson. Vaughn also revealed that with the success of the Kingsman trilogy, he was interested in making a Statesman spin-off.
  • Julianne Moore based her characterization of Poppy on Gene Hackman's performance as Lex Luthor in the Superman movies.
  • The character "Whiskey" (played by Pedro Pascal), who strongly resembles and sounds like Burt Reynolds, may be a nod to one of Burt's roles. Burt Reynolds played a character named "Sam Whiskey" (in a movie of the same name).
  • The tagline, "Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated," is a line first said famously by American author Mark Twain.
  • Colin Firth's character, Harry, has a short scene spoken in Italian. In fact, Firth is actually a fluent Italian speaker.
  • This film marked the third time that actor Bruce Greenwood played the United States President. He previously played President John F. Kennedy in Thirteen Days (2000) and a fictitious U.S. President in National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007). Greenwood could never actually run for President in real life because he was born in Canada.
  • On the Statesmans' plane, a bottle of Born and Bred Vodka can be seen on the bar. Channing Tatum is the owner of this vodka brand.
  • Taron Egerton was one of the final two actors along with Alden Ehrenreich in contention for the lead role in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) but was forced to drop out when production for this film was green-lit sooner than expected.
  • The original subtitle was The Golden Triangle, named after the area that borders Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. However, when the film was test screened three times, the filmmakers found out that no one in the test audience had heard of the area's geography nor the history with that title. It was then decided to change the word Triangle to Circle.
  • Halle Berry's name in Swordfish (2001) was "Ginger." In this film, she is called "Ginger Ale."
  • The villain, played by Julianne Moore, is called Poppy for the plant from which opium is extracted. The real life name of the actress playing Clara in the film is Poppy Delevingne. She is also Cara Delevingne's older sister.
  • Taron Egerton declined to shoot the graphic scene where Eggsy has to plant a tracking device inside the villain's girlfriend. The hand seen getting intimate with actress Poppy Delevingne actually belongs to her husband. Egerton revealed: "I said to [Matthew Vaughan] 'I'm not comfortable doing this'. So it's not my hand - it's Poppy's husband's hand. He saved the world."
  • The original idea for the first film's comic book about the American Secret Service who call themselves "Uncle Sam." In the sequel, the Kingsman are teaming up with their American counterpart who call themselves the Statesman.
  • According to Mark Strong and Matthew Vaughn, Merlin was going to survive the mine explosion at the cost of his legs. The ending allegedly involved him humorously crawling through the door of the diner after Whiskey's death to ask Eggsy and Harry for assistance, and then showing up at the wedding with prosthetic legs. Vaughn decided to cut these scenes after test screenings, as he explained that the audiences felt "cheated" when Merlin's emotional and heroic last stand was reduced to nothing more than a joke.
  • Due to his prior training and experience in dance, Channing Tatum was able to completely improvise the dance sequence his character displayed in the movie while under the effects of the virus.
  • This was the final film by Swedish actor Björn Granath, who portrayed the King of Sweden in this film. He passed away in early 2017 after a short period of illness.