COMICS TAKE FRESH SHOT AT BOND CLICHES
MIKE Myers poked plenty of fun at the sleazy James Bond clichés with his overly hairy Austin Powers series (yeah baby!), but with the gritty reboot of James Bond in recent years, the longest running franchise was ripe for re-spoofing.
A cheeky violent streak runs throughout Kingsman: The Secret Service, turning the idea of the gentlemanly spy on its head.
London misfit Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin (Taron Egerton), who lives in the slums with his mother and abusive step-dad, learns his late biological father had a secret identity – he was a Kingsman, a deadly secret service.
Harry Hart (Colin Firth) is of the English upper middle class mould who recruits Eggsy, putting him through rigorous training with a group of others and a My Fair Lady style transformation from hoodlum to refined.
The joke is thin – a very proper gentleman armed with deadly weapons and fighting skills – but director and co-writer Matthew Vaughn gets serious mileage out of it.
One of the many highlights is watching Firth one minute behave like Mr Darcy, then the next minute slice and dice the enemy using his deadly weapons with aplomb.