Atomic Blonde is a 2017 American action thriller spy movie starring Charlize Theron. The movie is based on the 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, which revolves around a spy who has to find a list of double agents who are being smuggled into the West, on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Take a look below for 27 more fun and fascinating facts about Atomic Blonde.
1. The movie is directed by David Leitch, in his first solo directorial credit, and it’s written by Kurt Johnstad.
2. The movie’s cast includes Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones.
3. Charlize Theron had eight personal trainers to help her master her intensely physical performance. She also trained with Keanu Reeves, who was preparing for John Wick: Chapter 2.
4. Charlize Theron cracked two teeth while filming.
5. Before filming resumed, James McAvoy broke his hand on the set of Split and had to endure all his action scenes with his injured hand.
6. Charlize Theron spent five years developing Atomic Blonde.
7. The pivotal fight on the marble stairs presented one of the most challenging sequences to film. Charlize Theron was actually slammed against a padded wall but her tumble down the stairs, which were also padded to look like marble, was executed by Canadian stunt woman Monique Ganderton.
8. Charlize Theron said that the success of Mad Max: Fury Road helped guide the development of Atomic Blonde.
9. It took 45 minutes to film Charlize Theron’s sex scene with Sofia Boutella. Theron found the scene easy and attributed this fact to them both being dancers.
10. Carl F. Bucherer’s watch is featured prominently in the movie. The director, David Leitch, is a brand ambassador for the watch company. The watch brand is also worn by the title character in John Wick, a movie that was co-directed by Leitch.
11. In the early part of the movie, where Charlize Theron is on a car and tried to beat the two escorts, the tunnel sequence in Berlin was the same tunnel used in Captain America: Civil War, the part where Black Panther chases down Bucky Barnes. It’s also the same tunnel used in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, when Katniss Everdeen and her team try to get to President Snow.
12. Before the final fight, a Russian song is playing, “Capricious Horses” by Vladimir Vysotsky, with the word, “No one is late for their meeting with God.”
13. When the credit score beings, the word “password” is displayed and “The Coldest City” is entered. The movie was previously called “The Coldest City.”
14. Wilhelm Scream, a stock sound effect, is used during the apartment fight as Lorraine is jumping out of the window.
15. In both Atomic Blonde and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Toby Jones plays a senior British intelligence officer in the Cold War, and most of his screen time is spent seated at a table in a soundproof briefing room.
16. It was originally hoped that David Bowie would play a part in the movie, although he turned down the offer shortly before his death.
17. The entire movie is shot on locations throughout Europe.
18. Atomic Blonde is the second movie to feature Til Schweiger and play the song “Cat People” by David Bowie. The first was Inglourious Basterds. Both movies play “Cat People” while a woman looks in the mirror and applies makeup. Both movies are about fictional military plots circling around actual historical events.
19. Although set in 1989, the only preexisting song on the soundtrack that was released that year is “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy. All other songs were released before that year.
20. Atomic Blonde is Sofia Boutella’s second time in a spy movie. Her first time was in Kingsman: The Secret Service.
21. Broughton is shown, upon arriving in Berlin, with rolling luggage. Though very rare at the time, rolling luggage is not anachronistic here, as it was invented in the 1970s.
22. Eddie Marsan previously worked with Charlize Theron in Hancock as well as Snow White and the Huntsman.
23. Tetris is on the screen of the microcomputer in the foreground of the screen where they are giving Spyglass a new identity.
24. Towards the end of the movie, Merkel poses as a Swede. Bill Skarsgard is actually Swedish, and uses his native accent in that scene.
25. Broughton’s character is seen throughout the movie drinking Stoll on ice, which is a Russian vodka. This reinforces the idea that she is the Russian double agent, until the finale reveal.
26. An MTV voiceover mentions the newest music controversy over “sampling.” Near the end, when Broughton walks to the plane, the song playing is “Under Pressure,” a Queen and David Bowie song that in 1990 has its bassline sampled by Vanilla Ice in “Ice Ice Baby,” an accusation that he initially denied.
27. When meeting Delphine in her friend’s bar, she orders Lorraine her specialty drink to which Lorraine replies, “You pay attention,” and then Delphine says, “I look for pleasure in the details,” however, she seems to miss that Loraine drops her British accent and resumes her American Accent.