First look–Kingsman: If Colin Firth was James Bond

Colin Firth british spy

We’re always on the lookout for the next James Bond.  Three years ago we here at nominated Rufus Sewell here and Paul Blackthorne (Arrow, Dresden Files) and Jason Isaacs (Awake, Harry Potter) here.  Fortunately Daniel Craig doesn’t appear to be giving up his Walther PPK or Aston Martin anytime soon.  But what about the British number one heartthrob, Colin Firth?

Now we at least have an idea of what Firth’s Bond might look like with the preview to the 2016 release Kingsman: The Secret Service this week.  Admittedly we first thought this trailer was for a remake of the classic British spy series The Avengers, with Firth as John Steed.  Ralph Fiennes, the newest M in the James Bond franchise, was the latest to don the famous bowler hat and umbrella for that role.  Firth would have been a good choice for that role, but he also seems to be summoning a little foppish Peter Sellers from the original Casino Royale, too.

Kingsman Secret Service

Based on the six issue comic book mini-series Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class), this latest spy flick has Firth mentoring a street-kid for possible inclusion in a secret spy society.  That mentoring makes this movie give off a vibe like another great coming of age flick of years past, The Freshman, starring Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick.  If Kingsman is half as good as that film, we’ve got something to look forward to.

Secret Service variant cover

Strangely enough the comic book featured real-life characters, including Mark Hamill–who is listed as playing a villain in the film, Patrick Stewart, Ridley Scott, and Pierce Brosnan.  Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, and Mark Strong (Green Lantern, Sherlock Holmes) are also in the film, and in this first trailer.

Check out this preview for Kingsman: The Secret Service:

Kingsman: The Secret Service will be released in theaters February 13, 2014.  While you’re waiting, check out the trade edition of the comic book it’s based on here.

C.J. Bunce

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