FANDOM was treated to the first 30-minutes of Kingsman: The Golden Circle at a pre-Comic-Con presentation earlier this week, and we’re pleased to say that the film’s first few scenes deliver, and then some. They also play like even more of a James Bond spoof than the first film, sending 007 up while at the same time paying respectful homage to the super-spy.
James Bond Tributes
As with Bond, the film kicks off in spectacular fashion, with Eggsy (Taron Egerton) participating in an incredible car chase through the streets of London, in a black cab no less. He's fighting an assailant in the back of the taxi - whose identity we won't reveal here to keep this spoiler-free - and it's a nail-biting sequence that makes ingenious use of that enclosed space, and unfolds to Prince's 'Let's Go Crazy' on the car's stereo.
The scene also features Eggsy channelling Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love via the weapon that emerges from his shoe. Followed by a Spy Who Loved Me tribute as his cab turns into a submarine. See, we told you it was Bond-heavy.
Julianne Moore Makes a Great Villain
We're then introduced to villain Poppy - played with smiling malevolence by Julianne Moore - and while we don't learn her plan, we do see evidence of evil, via the making of a hamburger.
Her scenes are juxtaposed with Eggsy having dinner with Princess Tilde and her royal family, and climaxing with something happening to the Kingsmen that will fundamentally change the secret society forever. Which again we won't spoil here.
The presentation was then over all-too-soon. But the footage was action-packed, hilarious, and even quite moving at the end, suggesting that co-writer and director Matthew Vaughn has another hit on his hand. One that out-Bonds Bond. And has us desperate to see how the story concludes.
A just released trailer highlights some of the over-the-top action:
Kingsman: The Golden Circle hits UK screens on September 20 and US screens on September 22.