Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a 2017 spy comedy movie produced and directed by Matthew Vaughn and written by Vaughn and Jane Goldman. It’s a sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service, which is based on the comic book series Kingsman, created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. Take a look below for 30 more fun and fascinating facts about Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
1. The movie features Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Edward Holcroft, Hanna Alstrom, and Sophie Cookson reprising their roles from the first movie with Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Pedtro Pascal, Elton John, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges joining the cast.
2. The plot follows the members of Kingsman needing to team up with their American counterpart, Statesman, after the world is held hostage by Poppy Adams and her drug cartel, “The Golden Circle.”
3. The movie grossed $410 million worldwide against a budget of $104 million and received mixed reviews from critics, wit the use of new characters and over-stylized action being met with a polarized reception.
4. Kingsman: The Golden Circle was the final movie by Swedish actor Bjorn Granath, who portrayed the King of Sweden in the movie. He passed away in early 2017 after a short period of illness.
5. The tagline, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” is a line first said famously by American author Mark Twain.
6. When Elton John promises Harry a “backstage pass” if he saves the world, he is echoing the princess’ promise to Eggsy in the first movie.
7. Julianne Moore based her characterization of Poppy on Gene Hackman’s performance as Lex Luthor in the Superman movies.
8. According to Imageworks VFX, Poppy’s Beauty Bot was designed after model Claudia Schiffer.
9. The movie’s cast includes five Oscar winners: Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth and Elton John.
10. Colin Firth’s character, Harry, has a short scene spoken in Italian. In fact, Firth is actually a fluent Italian speaker.
11. The robot dogs, Bennie and Jet, are a reference to Elton John’s song, “Bennie and the Jets.”
12. The non-field agents in the Kingsman and Statesman organizations have codenames that are outliers within the naming scheme. In the Kingsman, Arthur, Galahad and Lancelot are Knights of the Round Table, while Merlin is not. In the Statesman, Whiskey, Tequila and Champagne are alcoholic beverages, while Ginger Ale is not.
13. Mark Strong, who played Merlin, provided the voice-over for Vue Cinemas in the U.K. and Ireland with regards to cinema etiquette. Exclusively for Kingsman: The Golden Circle screenings, he delivered the etiquette message in character as Merlin, reminding audiences to switch off their phones in his own unique style.
14. 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.
15. 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 but was forced to drop out when production of Kingsman: The Golden Circle was green-lit sooner than expected.
16. Director Matthew Vaughn summarized the role of Poppy as, “Martha Stewart on crack… a kooky, sweet, Stepford Wives-style villain that, at the same time, is lethal and crazy and intelligent.”
17. The marquees in Poppy’s compound all bear the names of Elton John songs.
18. The original subtitle was The Golden Triangle, named after the area that borders Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. However, when the movie 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.
19. Poppy is an appropriate name for a villain who deals in drugs, as many drugs are synthesized from the poppy plant.
20. Kingsman: The Golden Circle reunites Colin Firth and Julianne Moore who co-starred in A Single Man.
21. Berry Brothers & Rudd is a real place in London, United Kingdom, and was the location of the Texas Embassy for three years in the 1840s. There is still a plaque marking the spot.
22. Halle Berry’s name in the 2001 movie Swordfish was “Ginger.” In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, she’s called “Ginger Ale.”
23. Chester King plays the role of a Kingsman Knight. Michael Caine’s character in the first Kingsman movie was named Chest King.
24. When Eggsy and Merlin see Harry for the first time, the glass switches from a mirror to see-through. This glass was made by the U.K. company ESG.
25. The shown home of the Swedish King is actually a building in Germany, the Schweriner Schloss.
26. When the fight happens in the country western bar, the set up is exactly the same as the bar in England where Harry fights off the British punks in the first Kingsman movie.
27. At the wedding scene at the end of the movie, Harry claims that one of their founding agents once said, “This is not the end. It’s not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” This quote was famously said by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, seemingly implying that Churchill was involved in the founding of the Kingsman.
28. 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.
29. Near the beginning of the movie, when Brandon lets JB into Eggsy’s secret room, there is a newspaper on the wall about Elton John’s disappearance. It’s later revealed that Poppy had kidnapped him.
30. Matthew Vaughn joked that he would bring Colin Firth back to the Kingsman franchise as a zombie Harry Hart or Harry’s evil twin. Instead, he found a way to bring back the actual Harry.