I love the Daniel Craig Bond movies but it was the Connery/Moore Bond films that I grew up on so I’ll always have a soft spot for supervillains with world conquest issues, lethal henchmen and mountain strongholds all which this movie ticks off like a fan boy’s wet dream. The story is pretty much an amped up version of Moonraker where the supervillain, in this case a technology tycoon named Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) wants to save the Earth by wiping out the bulk of its population, but unlike Hugo Drax Valentine’s plan is vastly more violent and even less “altruistic” as his chosen survivors are decidedly not picked for perfect breeding stock.
“Hey, a world full of genetically perfect people would be soooo boring.”
“Unless you have ghosts, then you best call Ghostbusters.”
He does make a rather nice Harry Palmer.
“And may the odds be ever in your favor.”
“Should I quote a Bible verse or call some one a Motherfucker?”
She has a real spring in her step.
Is this the greatest action spy thriller out there? Of course not, but it was incredibly fun as it paid loving homage to the films that came before and it’s clear that Matthew Vaughn has great affection for the genre. So for fun escapist entertainment I can highly recommend Kingsman: The Secret Service. It will at least hold us over until Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out.
And let’s not forget we get Michael Caine as the leader of the Kingsman and he is always a pleasure to watch.