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  • On the weekend of May 14 and 15, 2016, filming for this film took place in Birmingham City Centre (U.K.). Scenes included a car chase.
  • First sequel directed by Matthew Vaughn, who started in the film industry as a producer, in 1996. Then in 2003, after watching Outstanding, Great, Amazing, Perfect! (2003) (with the actor and singer Gustavo Goulart performing the main role) in an independent film festival, he realized he could have a good time directing actors too. One year later, he made his debut as a director.
  • The film's cast includes five Oscar winners: Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth, and Elton John.
  • This was the third comic book series for Jeff Bridges, after Iron Man (2008) and R.I.P.D. (2013), and for Halle Berry, after Storm in the X-Men films and Catwoman (2004).
  • Reunites Halle Berry with Vinnie Jones after X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and Swordfish (2001). Curiously, in Swordfish (2001) Berry also played a character named Ginger.
  • Halle Berry's second spy role with the character name Ginger. The first was Swordfish (2001).
  • Loosely based on comic book series published by Marvel under their Icon Comics imprint.
  • Reunites Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore after The Big Lebowski (1998) and Seventh Son (2014).
  • First film that Colin Firth and Jeff Bridges have appeared in together. They have twice competed with each other for the Best Actor Academy Award. In 2009, Bridges won for Crazy Heart (2009), while Firth was nominated for A Single Man (2009). In 2010, Firth won for The King's Speech (2010), while Bridges was nominated for True Grit (2010).
  • All the Statesmen are named after beverages. With the exception of Ginger Ale, they are alcoholic beverages.
  • The original idea for the first film's comic book about the American Secret Service who call themselves "Uncle Sam." In the sequel, the Kingsman are teaming up with their American counterpart who call themselves the Statesman.
  • The teaser trailer showed a modern diner and other classically "American" structures amidst ruins in a jungle. This could be a possible reference to Fordlandia, an "All-American Small Town" built in the middle of the Brazilian jungle by Henry Ford. He grew and processed rubber for car tires there, and the town was for his workers.
  • In the trailer released on 04/25/2017 Channing Tatum's character is shown wearing a belt buckle with 'Statesman' on it which, given his appearance, might mean the US counterpart to the UK's Kingsman.
  • This film reunited Colin Firth with Mark Strong after Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Before I Go to Sleep (2014), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and Fever Pitch (1997).
  • Reunites Julianne Moore with Colin Firth after A Single Man (2009).
  • Jeff Bridges appears completely clean-shaven with no beard and no mustache. This is the first time he appears as such since the A Dog Year (2009).
  • Halle Berry also played a character called Ginger in the 2001 film Swordfish, which also starred Vinnie Jones.
  • Fourth collaboration between Matthew Vaughn and Mark Strong. They previously worked together on Stardust (2007), Kick-Ass (2010), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014).
  • Second time Channing Tatum is playing a Secret Service agent, the first was in White House Down.
  • The song used in the main trailer of the film was actually two songs mashed together--the instrumental version of "Battle Royale" by Apashe and "My Generation" by The Who.
  • Fox originally planned to have the world premiere of the movie in New York on September 12, but canceled it to help out with the Hurricane Harvey relief. Instead of holding the event, they donated the money budgeted for the Kingsman soiree to the Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief telethon that same night.
  • The robot dogs, Bennie and Jet, are a reference to Elton John's song "Bennie and the Jets."
  • The closing credits read, "Dope Thanks to Samuel L Jackson." Jackson played villain Richmond Valentine in the first Kingsman film, and a very brief clip of his performance appeared in this film during a flashback scene.
  • This was the third film of 2017 to feature the song "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver. The other films to feature the song were Alien: Covenant (2017), and Logan Lucky (2017) (which also stars Channing Tatum). The director, Matthew Vaughn, was shocked when he found out about how popular Denver and his songs had become in 2017 films, with him saying he "...wrote John Denver into the script two and a half years ago thinking 'No one really talks about John Denver anymore.'"
  • One of the films showing at the Cinema in Poppy's hideout is 'The Bitch is Back' which is a song by Elton John who guests in the film.
  • Mark Strong, who played Merlin, provided the voice-over for Vue Cinemas in the U.K. and Ireland with regards to cinema etiquette. Exclusively for Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) screenings, he delivered the etiquette message in character as Merlin, reminding audiences to switch off their phones in his own unique style.
  • Julianne Moore based her characterization of Poppy on Gene Hackman's performance as Lex Luthor in the Superman movies.
  • Taron Egerton was one of the final two actors along with Alden Ehrenreich in contention for the lead role in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) but was forced to drop out when production for this film was green-lit sooner than expected.
  • Director Matthew Vaughn summarized the role of Poppy as, "Martha Stewart on crack...a kooky, sweet, Stepford Wives-style villain that, at the same time, is lethal and crazy and intelligent."
  • This is the second film where Bruce Greenwood plays the President of the United States. The first time was in National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
  • A character named Alexander Easter was rumored to be the main villain.
  • This film marked the third time that actor Bruce Greenwood played the United States President. He previously played President John F. Kennedy in Thirteen Days (2000) and a fictitious U.S. President in National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007). Greenwood could never actually run for President in real life because he was born in Canada.
  • Chester King plays the role of a Kingsman Knight. Michael Caine's character in the first Kingsman film was named Chester King.
  • The original cut of the movie had a total run-time of three hours and forty minutes. The movie had so many added scenes during production that FOX even asked director Matthew Vaughn if he wanted to split the film into two separate movies. Vaughn shot that idea down and edited it down to two hours and twenty-one minutes.
  • Director Matthew Vaughn revealed that he and Goldman have a third "Kingsman" film planned. In the September 2017 edition of Total Film, Vaughn revealed that his personal choice for the role of the villain of the third Kingsman film is Dwayne Johnson. Vaughn also revealed that with the success of the Kingsman trilogy, he was interested in making a Statesman spin-off.
  • The original cut ran eighty minutes longer.
  • The original subtitle was The Golden Triangle, named after the area that borders Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. However, when the film was test screened three times, the filmmakers found out that no one in the test audience had heard of the area's geography nor the history with that title. It was then decided to change the word Triangle to Circle.
  • Halle Berry's name in Swordfish (2001) was "Ginger." In this film, she is called "Ginger Ale."
  • Poppy's compound features a bowling alley. Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges appeared together in The Big Lebowski (1998), in which Bridges's character frequents a bowling alley.
  • The non-field agents in the Kingsman and Statesman organizations have codenames that are outliers within the naming scheme. In the Kingsmen, Arthur, Galahad and Lancelot are Knights of the Round Table, while Merlin is not. In the Statesmen, Whiskey, Tequila and Champagne are alcoholic beverages, while Ginger Ale is not.
  • Appropriately, the marquees in Poppy's compound all bear the names of Elton John songs (The Bitch is Back, Captain Fantastic, etc.).
  • Poppy is an appropriate name for a villain who deals in drugs, as many drugs are synthesized from the poppy plant.
  • On the Statesmans' plane, a bottle of Born and Bred Vodka can be seen on the bar. Channing Tatum is the owner of this vodka brand.
  • Berry Brothers & Rudd is a real place in London, UK and was the location of the Texas Embassy for three years in the 1840s. There is a plaque marking the spot.
  • Taron Egerton voiced Johnny, a teenage gorilla, in the animated film Sing (2016). Johnny sings and plays piano to Elton John's "I'm Still Standing."
  • Part of the opening chase scene was filmed in Birmingham, England, doubling for London.
  • Eggsy says a "former Kingsman" said "this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end, but it is perhaps the end of the beginning". That quote is from a 1942 speech by Winston Churchill after the Allied victory in the Second Battle of El Alamein.
  • The first movie to use a Prince song that wasn't a Prince film.
  • During the fight in Poppyland, while Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)" is playing in the background, one of Poppy's soldiers is grappled back into a movie theatre reading "Poppy Presents The Bitch is Back". "The Bitch is Back" is an Elton John pop song released in 1974.
  • Colin Firth's character, Harry, has a short scene spoken in Italian. In fact, Firth is actually a fluent Italian speaker.
  • The villain, played by Julianne Moore, is called Poppy for the plant from which opium is extracted. The real life name of the actress playing Clara in the film is Poppy Delevingne. She is also Cara Delevingne's older sister.
  • The two robot dogs of Poppy have a red line with moving bright spot on it much like K.I.T.T., the AI enhanced car of the Knight Rider (1982) show.
  • Both Julianne Moore and Emily Watson starred in a movie about Hannibal Lecter. Moore starred in Hannibal (2001) as Detective Clarice Starling and Watson starred in Red Dragon (2002) as Reba McClane.
  • The bowling uniform that Julianne Moore wear is the same uniform in The Big Lebowski.
  • This Kingsman movie, the series a modern take on James Bond, pays homage to the original master spy in its sequence in the Italian Alps. In the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), a mountain top lair, filmed in Schilthorn, Switzerland, is accessible via cable car. The location bears a striking resemblance to the scenes filmed at Skyway Monte Bianco in the Italian Alps in Kingsman, also accessible via cable car.
  • This was the final film by Swedish actor Bj?rn Granath, who portrayed the King of Sweden in this film. He passed away in early 2017 after a short period of illness.
  • The tagline, "Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated," is a line first said famously by American author Mark Twain.
  • Reunites Colin Firth and Julianne Moore who co-starred in A Single Man (2009).
  • During the final fight between Eggsy and Charlie, Charlie picks up a bowling ball numbered "91," which references 1991 as the fictional birth year of Eggsy.
  • According to Imageworks VFX, Poppy's Beauty Bot was designed after model Claudia Schiffer.
  • When Eggsy and Merlin see Harry for the first time, the glass switches from a mirror to see-through. This glass was made by U.K. company ESG (Witham, Essex).
  • The character "Whiskey" (played by Pedro Pascal), who strongly resembles and sounds like Burt Reynolds, may be a nod to one of Burt's roles. Burt Reynolds played a character named "Sam Whiskey" (in a movie of the same name).
  • When the fight happens in the country western bar, the set up is exactly the same as the bar in England where Harry fights off the British punks in the first Kingsman
  • Another John Denver song is heard. "Annie's Song" is played while Eggsy drinks alone at the bar.
  • The shown Home of the Swedish King is actually a building in Germany, the Schweriner Schloss.
  • Poppy's robotic dogs have a red light on their foreheads much like the robots of Battlestar Galactica.
  • When Eggsy is meeting Princess Tilde's parents for dinner you can see a painting on the wall over the fireplace in front of Eggsy. It has circle on it that is partially gold.
  • Elton John's second appearance in a significant movie role - the first was 42 years earlier, as the Pinball Wizard in Tommy (1975).
  • After the fight in the London black cab, Eggsy jumps in the driver's seat and engages "Drift Mode." The extensive transformation undergone is as follows: Suspension is lowered, increasing handling ability by lowering the center of mass. Hubcaps are ejected, revealing multi-piece BBS RS wheels. This reduces unsprung mass and allows the brake calipers to cool more efficiently. The automatic transmission lever retracts into the center console and, in its place, a complex mechanism with two levers (sourced from a rally car) rises up. The tallest lever is a hydraulic handbrake used for initiating quick turns at speed. The other lever is the shifter for the sequential transmission.
  • Both Julianne Moore (Poppy) and previous Kingsman villian Samuel L Jackson (Valantine) had parts in the Jurassic Park franchise. Jackson played Ray Arnold (John Arnold in the book) in Jurassic Park and Moore played Sarah Harding in The Lost World.
  • The giant pink frosted donut sign in Poppy Land is the exact same donut as shown at the Lard Boys giant donut from The Simpsons (1989- ), which was also featured in The Simpsons Movie (2007) poster and T-shirt.
  • Pedro Pascal (Whiskey) played the role of Oberyn Martell in the fourth season of Game of Thrones, where he also fought in a highly acrobatic fight scene before meeting his untimely demise.
  • On the plane when Eggsy, Merlin and Harry get dressed in their new suits. Eggsy says "looking good, Merlin." Merlin replies "feeling good, Eggsy." A nod to the movie Trading Places(last lines) with Dan Akroyd (Louis) and Eddie Murphy (Billy Ray). "Looking good, Billy Ray" "Feeling good, Louis"

Spoilers

  • Matthew Vaughn joked that he would bring Colin Firth back to the Kingsman franchise as a zombie Harry Hart or Harry's evil twin. Instead, he found a way to bring back the actual Harry.
  • Final film of Swedish veteran actor Björn Granath. His appearance in this film was supposed to set up a larger role in a planned sequel.
  • Henry Jackman used the same music he created for X-Men First Class when Eggsy is forcing Harry to regain his memory . The name of the music in First Class is Rage and Serenity and is shown when both Magneto (First Class) and Harry (Kingsman) are experiencing extreme emotional turmoil followed by calmness.
  • When Harry regains his memory, the music playing is identical to the track "Rage and Serenity" from X-Men: First Class (2011). It was used in the scene in which Magneto turns the satellite dish.
  • At one point in the film Elton John changes the lyric Saturday in his song Saturday nights alright for fighting to Wednesday, this is most likely in reference to the release date for the film Wednesday 21st September 2017
  • Towards the end of the movie, in the wedding scene of Eggsy, the camera zooms in on the wedding rings as a reference to the name of the sequel: the Golden Circle.
  • During an interview with ABC News Radio in 2015 on the first film, Matthew Vaughn was asked about the worst celebrity he would want to have locked in a cell. He immediately answered Elton John. He also had already thought up of him throwing tantrums and an action scene for him to kick the living daylights out of people (all of those things happened at the film's climax).
  • According to Mark Strong and Matthew Vaughn, Merlin was going to survive the mine explosion at the cost of his legs. The ending allegedly involved him humorously crawling through the door of the diner after Whiskey's death to ask Eggsy and Harry for assistance, and then showing up at the wedding with prosthetic legs. Vaughn decided to cut these scenes after test screenings, as he explained that the audiences felt "cheated" when Merlin's emotional and heroic last stand was reduced to nothing more than a joke.
  • A bagpipe rendition of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Road" is played over the opening logo. This foreshadows the death of Merlin, a Scottish character who is killed while singing this song.
  • Taron Egerton declined to shoot the graphic scene where Eggsy has to plant a tracking device inside the villain's girlfriend. The hand seen getting intimate with actress Poppy Delevingne actually belongs to her husband. Egerton revealed: "I said to Matthew [Vaughan] 'I'm not comfortable doing this'. So it's not my hand - it's Poppy's husband's hand. He saved the world."
  • Elton John and Henry's exchange when they meet in the movie theatre: Elton John: Now go save the world. Harry Hart: If I save the world, will you get me two tickets to your next show? Elton John: If you save the world, I'll get you a backstage pass, baby. Is an homage to Eggsy and Princess Tilde's in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) : Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin: Sorry, love. Gotta save the world. Princess Tilde: [In a thick, Swedish accent] If you save the world, we can do it in the... asshole. Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin: [Calmly] I will be right back.
  • There is a scene where Poppy orders a man thrown into a meat grinder, then cooks his remains into a hamburger. Julianne Moore played Clarice Starling in Hannibal (2001), about a serial killer who eats his victims (often disguised as gourmet dishes).
  • At the wedding scene at the end of the film, Harry claims that one of their founding agents once said "this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning". This quote was famously said by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, seemingly implying that Churchill was involved in the founding of Kingsman.
  • Near the end of the film, during Eggsy's wedding, Geoff Bells character ''Dean'' from the first movie can be seen standing next to Eggsy's mother, wearing the same uniform as Eggsy.
  • When Whiskey is revealed to be a traitor, he says his reason is to rid the world of crazed drug addicts that kill innocent people. Pedro Pascal (Whiskey) also has a starring role in the Netflix series Narcos (2015), where he plays another U.S. agent that's willing to take down Pablo Escobar's drug cartel at any cost.
  • Pedro Pascal was introduced to global audiences via his iconic role of Oberyn Martell in HBO's Game of Thrones (2011). Both Oberyn, aka The Viper, and Whiskey, meet their demise by having their head crushed after a fight sequence.
  • Although the President is apparently a generic character, his outlandish mannerisms, toupee, large diamond cuff-links and overlong red tie seem to be a nod to current US President Donald Trump. As well, the President in the film is revealed to be opportunistic and cruel, and he is impeached at the end. Many of the American stars, including Julianne Moore, Halle Berry and Channing Tatum, have been openly critical to Trump's presidency.
  • Due to his prior training and experience in dance, Channing Tatum was able to completely improvise the dance sequence his character displayed in the movie while under the effects of the virus.
  • Near the beginning of the movie, when Brandon lets JB (the dog) into Eggsy's secret room, there is a newspaper on the wall about Elton John's disappearance. It is later revealed that Poppy had kidnapped him.
  • The opening credits are accompanied by "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver performed on (bag)pipes. Country Roads is a main thematic of the film due to it being the favorite of the character Merlin (Mark Strong). The combination of the song and the pipes is foreshadowing the demise of the Scottish character.
  • When the two robot dogs appear in front of Elton John after tearing Angel apart, not a single drop of blood can be seen on their shiny jaws.
  • During the wedding scene at the end of the movie, Eggsy is wearing Royal Marines ceremonial (number 1A) dress, apparently in the rank of Major General (which stretches the bounds of belief even given his circumstances). His medals are; the Distinguished Service Order and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. On the opposite side of his chest, he wears the General Service Medal (1962), most commonly awarded for service in Northern Ireland during 'The Troubles' (1969-2007). Wearing it on this side of the chest denotes that the medal is not the wearer's but that of a very close relative - in this case, obviously Eggsy's father.
  • When Elton John promises Harry a "backstage pass" if he saves the world, he is echoing the princess' promise to Eggsy in the first film.
  • Charles, the man that is turned into the burger, is Keith Allen who played Taron Egerton's dad in Eddie the Eagle.
  • When Poppy has one of her disappointing henchmen fed into the grinder, he goes in fully clothed. As this adds his clothing to the hamburger meat, it is hardly sanitary.
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