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  • James McAvoy and Toby Jones starred in at least two Marvel movies. McAvoy was Charles Xavier in the X-Men franchise, and Jones was Arnim Zola in two Captain America films.
  • Eddie Marsan previously worked with Charlize Theron in Hancock (2008) as well as Snow White and the Huntsman (2012).
  • When credit score begin, the word "password" is displayed and "The Coldest City" is entered. The movie was previously called "The Coldest City."
  • Charlize Theron had eight personal trainers to help her master her intensely physical performance. She also trained with Keanu Reeves who was preparing for John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017).
  • Before filming resumed, James McAvoy broke his hand on the set of Split (2016) and had to endure all his action scenes with his injured hand.
  • Charlize Theron cracked two teeth while filming.
  • Charlize Theron spent five years developing this project.
  • Based on the British graphic novel The Coldest City.
  • Eddie Marsan and James McAvoy previously starred together in Filth (2013).
  • The movie is based on Antony Johnston and Sam Hart's 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City, which revolves around a spy who has to find a list of double agents who are being smuggled into the West.
  • David Leitch's first solo credit as director, after co-directing John Wick (2014) with Chad Stahelski.
  • James Faulkner (C) and J?hannes Haukur J?hannesson (Yuri Bakhtin) have both previously starred in Game of Thrones (2011) as Randyll Tarly and Lem Lemoncloak respectively.
  • Charlize Theron said that the success of Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) helped guide the development of Atomic Blonde (2017).
  • This is the second film to feature Til Schweiger and play the song "Cat People" by David Bowie. The first was Inglourious Basterds (2009). Both films play "Cat People" while a woman looks in the mirror and applies makeup. Both films are about fictional government plots circling around actual historical events.
  • This is Sofia Boutella's second time in a spy film. She also appeared in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014).
  • In both this film and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Toby Jones plays a senior British intelligence officer in the Cold War, and most of his screen time is spent seated at a table in a soundproof briefing room.
  • Despite the title and the 80's setting, the song "Atomic" by 'Blondie' does not appear in the soundtrack.
  • Carl F. Bucherer's watch is featured prominently in the movie. The director, David Leitch, is a brand ambassador for the watch company. The watch brand is also worn by the title character in John Wick (2014), a movie that was co-directed by Leitch.
  • Early in the movie, where Charlize Theron is in a car fighting two escorts, the tunnel sequence in Berlin features the same tunnel in Captain America: Civil War (2016), where Black Panther chases down Bucky Barnes. It is also the same tunnel in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015), where Katniss Everdeen and her team try to get to President Snow.
  • The infamous stairwell scene is nearly 40 separate shots stitched together to appear as one continuous take.
  • The pivotal fight on the marble stairs presented one of the most challenging sequences to film. Charlize Theron was actually slammed against a (padded) wall but her tumble down the stairs (also padded to look like marble) was executed by Canadian stunt woman Monique Ganderton.
  • The only song on the soundtrack that was released after 1989, when the story takes place, is "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy. All other songs were released before that year.
  • Although based on a graphic novel, it shares notable similarities to Ed Brubaker's Image Comics series Velvet. Both are Cold War spy thrillers centered around veteran female agents wronged by their employer. Both works feature the protagonist entangled with an international coalition of American and British intelligence, although Velvet never mentions MI6 or the CIA by name.
  • The key fight sequence that unfolds in a real Berlin building lasts for almost 10 minutes in what appears to be an unbroken take when, in fact, the sequence comprises almost 40 separate shots seamlessly stitched together. Though filmed chronologically from start to finish, nearly half the splices needed some degree of CGI assistance. Swish-pans provided the simplest solutions for smooth cuts and door frames provided vertical seams for smoothly bridging some segments.
  • The entire film is shot on locations throughout Europe.
  • One character makes a brief, jaundiced reference to David Hasselhoff being in town. Hasselhoff was indeed a minor figure in German pop culture during the period surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall. In a March 2013 piece in London's The Guardian, Emma Hartley reported that his song "Looking for Freedom" was number one on the German charts for eight weeks in the summer of 1989 (several months before the wall fell in November 1989); and on New Year's Eve that year, Hasselhoff performed a concert atop what was then left of the wall.
  • Before the final fight, a Russian song is playing, "Capricious Horses" by Vladimir Vysotsky, with the words "No one is late for their meeting with God".
  • Use of the Wilhelm scream during the apartment fight as Lorraine is jumping out of the window.
  • The scene when blonde attaches a rope to someone and makes a jump, was making homage to several action films die hard and the world is not enough where they attach a rope towards something or someone and jumps, it's been pretty muxh a staple in action films pretty much a close Cliche, if this movie was in the James Bond timeline it would have been in pierce brosnan era which was part of the Cold War.
  • It took 45 minutes to film Charlize Theron's sex scene with Sofia Boutella. Theron found the scene easy and attributed this fact to them both being dancers.
  • Wilhelm Scream at 32 minutes.
  • Producer AJ Dix was a hotel owner in Melbourne, Australia. His son Colin is a music producer who released 2 albums for Mark "Chopper" Reid.
  • Meanwhile the business card of CENTRAL modified for the film, the card is almost the same as they still use in the running cafe/restaurant with the same name in Budapest. The place were used to take some shots. Even the est. date is the same: 1887.
  • Although set during the time the band Berlin was active and the movie was set in Berlin, no songs by Berlin were used in the movie.
  • Broughton is shown, upon arriving in Berlin, with rolling luggage. Though very rare at the time, rolling luggage is not anachronistic here, it was invented in the 1970s.
  • Tetris is on the screen of the microcomputer in the foreground of the scene where they are giving Spyglass a new identity.
  • This movie was released in the USA 10211 days after the Berlin Wall fell, which is almost as long as the total amount of time the Berlin Wall was in existence (10316 days).
  • It was originally hoped that David Bowie would play a part in the film, although he turned down the offer shortly before his death.
  • In the scene where Lorraine finds the picture of Gasciogne and herself, in the drawer, you can see a bottle of Dior foundation, which Charlize Theron is the brand ambassador for.
  • At the end of the car fight scene, when James McAvoy (David Percival) retrieves Charlize Theron's red high heel, for a moment you can see the Christian Dior label on the inside. Charlize has been the face of Christian Dior's J'adore Perfume since 2004.
  • With few exceptions, the soundtrack predominantly features songs released in 1983 or earlier, which is not in keeping with the film's November 1989 setting. West Berlin was a very hipster city as a result of government incentives intended to attract a young population: relocation expenses were paid, taxes were subsidized, and male residents were exempt from Germany's mandatory military service. Songs like 99 Luftballons (1983), Major Tom (1983), and Der Kommissar (1982) would have been hopelessly pass? in 1989. No West Berlin nightclub at the time would have been caught dead playing The Politics of Dancing (1983), except maybe on a retro night.
  • The movie playing in the cinema at Alexanderplatz is Stalker, a 1979 Soviet-made film about a professional guide who leads his clients on a clandestine trek through a surreal region called "the Zone" to reach a mysterious room where a person's innermost desire is granted. It's plausible that a ten-year-old film would be showing in East Berlin since entertainment options behind the Iron Curtain were notoriously limited. The large, colorful billboard outside the theater to advertise the film is a bit less likely.
  • Italian censorship visa # 112333 delivered on 24-7-2017.
  • The song Fastidious Horses by Vladimir Visostsky is also featured in the movie White Nights (1985), which also features an escape attempt, in that case to the American embassy in the Soviet Union.
  • When Lorraine first visits the bar of Delfine's friend, there is a neon sign in the background that reads,"Everything you want is on the other side of fear". This is a quote from motivational speaker/author George Addair.


  • Broughton's character is seen throughout the movie drinking Stoli on ice, which is a Russian vodka. This reinforces the idea that she is the Russian double agent until the finale reveal.
  • An MTV voiceover mentions the newest music controversy over "sampling" - a new art form or plagiarism? Near the end when Broughton walks to the plane, the song playing is "Under Pressure," a Queen/David Bowie song that in 1990 had its bassline sampled by Vanilla Ice in "Ice Ice Baby" - an accusation that he initially denied.
  • It has a similar ending as Filth (2013) where James McAvoy broke the 4th wall and said a signature line and died.
  • In an interview with "IMDb Originals," James McAvoy said that he learned that "MI6, post-World War II, liked to recruit alcoholics, drug addicts, and gay men because they had usable experience in holding a big secret. That was transferable into being spy. I thought, 'that's quite interesting,' so I decided to go with that hardcore, and try and make [David Percival] as alkie and as druggie as possible. I wanted to make him a gay man as well, but they wouldn't let me, because Charlize is gay in it--or at least she's bi in it. I don't know. Or maybe she's doing it just for a job? I'm not quite sure."
  • Towards the end of the film, Merkel poses as a Swede. Bill Skarsg?rd is actually Swedish, and uses his native accent in that scene.
  • The version of "99 Luftballoons" by Nena, used in the film was not released until 1995.
  • When meeting Delphine's in her friend's bar, she orders Lorraine her specialty drink to which Lorraine replies "You pay attention" and then Delphine says "I look for pleasure in the details" however she seems to miss that Loraine drops her British accent and resumes her American accent.
  • The film features a bisexual subplot that was not in the original book. This came from writer Kurt Johnstad, who suggested it after Charlize Theron was "thinking about how do you make this different from other spy movies". David Leitch has insisted that the scenes are not there to be "provocative", but "more about if you are a spy you will do whatever it takes to get information," and how the main character "find[s] her intimacies and her friendships in small doses".
  • The clip of MTV's Kurt Loder discussing the controversy of "sampling" hints at Lorraine cutting and mixing her taped conversations into something new; in this case, her MI6 debrief.
  • In the first scene when Bill Skarsgard's character Merkel meets Lorraine, he is wearing a Yellow coat, much similar to the Yellow coat that Georgie is wearing in the first scene of IT (2017) when he meets Pennywise. Bill Skarsgard plays Pennywise in IT.
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