While Kingsman: The Secret Service is based on Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons' graphic novel of the same name, director Matthew Vaughn infused a lot of his own style and influences into the new movie. At its center, Kingsman: The Secret Service is a love letter to the British Spy movie genre, while updating it in a fun and modern interruption. Here are 6 movies you need to watch before watching Kingsman: The Secret Service.
First off, you should be familiar with Matthew Vaughn's style and I think the best way to begin is with his first movie Layer Cake. Considering that it stars Daniel Craig, who would later play James Bond, it's a good place to start to see Vaughn's affinity with the spy genre.
I'm not talking about that Casino Royale. While it doesn't hurt to watch the James Bond reboot from 2006, I think Casino Royale from 1967 is where Matthew Vaughn had his heart while adapting Kingsman: The Secret Service to the big screen. After all, he mentioned that he wanted Colin Firth to ape David Niven instead of Roger Moore while playing Harry Hart in the film.
Kick-Ass is the first movie from Matthew Vaughn that features his current style. It's also the first movie he adapted from a Mark Millar story like Kingsman: The Secret Service. Personally, I think Matthew Vaughn should turn "Jupiter's Legacy" into a movie, so we can have a Vaughn/Millar trilogy.
A big part Kingsman: The Secret Service's second act features a training school for new agents. Maybe it's just me, but the school looks and feels a lot like the British prep school in Lindsay Anderson's 1968 film If...
Ultimately, [Kingsman: The Secret Service](movie:713143) is about Eggsy Unwin, played by Taron Egerton, going from a punk kid to a gentleman spy and a Kingsman Agent. He's from a rougher around of London that reminded me of something you'd see in the movie Snatch. Considering that Matthew Vaughn produced Snatch, I don't think I'm too far off from this comparison.
The Spy Who Loved Me
If there's only one James Bond movie you have to watch before you watch Kingsman: The Secret Service, then The Spy Who Love Me has to the one. While Roger Moore made more James Bond movies than any other actor, including Sean Connery, The Spy Who Loved Me is the best for the Roger Moore era of movies. It also features the best examples of James Bond tropes, such maniacal villain, secret bases hidden underground or in a mountain, the high tech gadgets, and sexy women.
Kingsman: The Secret Service hits theaters everywhere on February 13.