Everyone reaches the point where they get a little fed up with the predictable and derivative Bond movies, even if we all go crawling back for the next sequel, and the next. There comes a time when nostalgia transmutes into boredom with the familiar, and the only solution is to switch things up – while retaining the core elements that enticed audiences in the first place. Enter Kingsman.
Kingsman: The Secret Service was released in 2014, by director Matthew Vaughn, and took the world by storm. We still have great affection for our British, suited-up secret agents, and the always-present shadow of the Bond films was a blessing to Kingsman rather than a detriment. We got to see what we were missing as fans of the genre: namely, that it didn’t all have to be stiff and formal, even when the main character was saving the world. Kingsman was a comedy, but it had spectacular action and drama as well – a difficult combination to pull off, but done so masterfully. However, most of the film’s appeal came from the rebellious lead character, Eggsy, played by Taron Egerton. Eggsy turns the tables on the traditions of the agency he’s inducted into, and in the process foils an evil plot that would have global ramifications. What could he possibly do to trump that in the next instalment?
Den of Geek spoke to the actor about the upcoming sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and how the plot might be relevant to current audiences this time around:
“I think it very much is political. I think I can say there’s a ‘presidential’ thread that runs through the new film. I think that, each time, whenever there’s a new global threat that arises in the world of Kingsman, it will be something that may have genuine relevance. In the first one, I guess we could say it’s over population, and in this one, it’s a similarly pertinent global theme… It’s a warped, distorted presentation of politics, but I think the themes are definitely there.”
Egerton also commented on the possibility of returning for more sequels, considering the scope of the world the films have established:
“Matthew [Vaughn] is a very much ‘Don’t count the chickens before they’ve hatched’ kind of guy, but he also has a real sense of Kingsman being his baby and he won’t jeopardise it with a crap idea. So it depends what occurs, and whether it feels right to him, but I don’t think for a second that either he or myself, the lovely people at Fox and whoever else is interested in Kingsman, wouldn’t completely love it if this is a continuing series.”
Egerton also teased the appearance of Elton John in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which is already rife with celebrity faces:
“Matthew knows and likes Elton, and knows that he brings something that fits the tone of the Kingsman world. I think I can say that there’s a deleted scene from the first one, that I personally thought shouldn’t have been cut, and that’s now in the second film. But what it is… I don’t think I can say.”
I guess we’ll have to wait and see, although hopefully John won’t go out the same way as his fellow celebs in the previous film.
Read the full interview with Den of Geek.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is scheduled to be released October 6th.
Source: Den of Geek