Kingsman: the Secret Service

Kingsman: the Secret Service

Matthew Vaughn (2015)

15 Certificate


Our Score
The age of the gentleman spy returns with a vengeance in director Matthew Vaughn's vibrant, irreverent caper. Cult TV show The Avengers meets Bond as Colin Firth (in brilliantly pithy form) stars as Harry Hart, a John Steed-like agent in the Kingsman organisation, whose operatives are codenamed after Round Table knights - Firth is Galahad, Michael Caine is Arthur, Mark Strong is Merlin - only with Savile Row suits and ingenious gadgets. Plotwise, it's a case of the urbane rubbing up against the urban when Hart recruits a dead colleague's tearaway teenage son (Taron Egerton) and puts him through his secret-service paces. Lying in wait for them, however, is a larger-than-life billionaire villain (Samuel L Jackson, having a ball as a megalomaniac with a lisp and an aversion to violence) and his lethally leggy henchwoman (Sofia Boutella), whose plans to take over the world would make Blofeld turn green with envy. As he did with superheroes in Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, Vaughn injects some much-needed fun into an increasingly grim genre. He evidently loves 1960s spy flicks but, be warned, this is no Austin Powers-style spoof; there's bawdy, violent material of a more contemporary vintage here - an investigation of a redneck church ends up like a scene from The Walking Dead. Ultimately, though, light-hearted, fast-moving entertainment is the name of the game, with Firth a quite excellent action hero.


A streetwise teenager is taken under the wing of his dead father's old colleague, an agent working for a super-secret spy organisation. Will the youngster prove to be a chip off the old block by proving useful during a battle against a twisted, hi-tech genius? Action comedy based on a comic book, starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L Jackson.

Cast & Crew

Harry Hart / Galahad Colin Firth
Arthur Michael Caine
Valentine Samuel L Jackson
Gary "Eggsy" Unwin Taron Egerton
Lancelot Jack Davenport
James Arnold Mark Hamill
Merlin Mark Strong
Gazelle Sofia Boutella
Michelle Samantha Janus
Roxy Sophie Cookson
Dean Geoff Bell
Church leader Corey Johnson
The Interrogator Richard Brake
Ryan Theo Barklem-Biggs
Director Matthew Vaughn
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing, nudityAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 Jan 2015
Drama Comedy