Colin Firth is the Lord of Pub Fighting in 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' Clip

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 15:59 Written by  iamrogue
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Colin Firth is the Lord of Pub Fighting in 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' Clip

If you and your mates are ever pounding pints down at the local pub and decide it'd be a good idea to harass the right-posh Colin Firth-looking chap 'round the bar, just don't.

In this clip from Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service, Mr. Darcy shows off his action chops, knocking out teeth and crushing bone against five inebriates without losing his dapper British cool for even a second.

Vaughn's love of old James Bond was evident in X-Men: First Class, but here, the director and co-writer puts his predilection towards over the top espionage action and genre subversion on blast.  Vaughn and co-writer Jane Goldman previously adapted a Mark Millar comic with Kick-Ass, and Kingsman appears to have that same smug subversion and crowd-pleasing willingness to go big, broad, and GIF-able.

Like Millar's Wanted, The Secret Service follows a nobody from an ordinary life into a heightened world he never knew.  In this case, the nobody is Gary Unwin, a teenage delinquent in London who Firth's Harry Hart takes under his wing, recruiting him for top-secret government service that involves all manner of old school 007-style derring-do.

Taron Egerton plays Gary, and he's really the lead of Kingsman: The Secret Service, but in this clip he mostly just sits there awestruck while some thugs are more literally struck by Firth's umbrella of fury.

A secret agent with moves like that has to go up against a proper villain.  Luckily, Kingsman has Samuel L. Jackson as a lisping, tech-savvy villain with an audacious and proudly antiquated nefarious plot.

The cast also includes Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill, Jack Davenport, Sophie Cookson, Corey Johnson, and Sofia Boutella, an Algerian dancer playing Jackson's primary henchwoman Gazelle, an amputee with deadly leg-blades below the knees (see the For Your Eyes Only-referencing poster below).

Vaughn, who claims he and Millar cooked up the idea over “few drunken conversations at the pub," said last year that futzing with the now-somber spy genre is the whole point. "We missed all the spy movies we loved as kids, whether it was Bond or In Like Flint. They had a sense of humor as well as being a thriller,” he explained. "With [Kingsman], we’re subversing the spy movie genre as we know it.”

Kingsman: The Secret Service opens in the U.S. on February 13th.  So if it performs well against Fifty Shades of Grey, then this might be the first of a franchise and we'll see Kingsman: The Secret Sequel down the line.

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