One of the core elements of the two “Kingsman” films so far have been the spy gadgets.
Both movies boast crazy tech gear that feels more like Roger Moore-era James Bond, though goes further due to the film series being more a self-parody of spy films than even the likes of “Moonraker”.
The upcoming prequel film “The King’s Man” however is taking a different approach. Set during the early 1910s, the film explores the origin of the Kingsman organization and plays more like a period thriller with a decidedly more grounded tone.
Speaking to Cinema Blend on the set, the film’s director Matthew Vaughn says in order to be true to the historical nature of the setting they opted to only include gadgets that would’ve been revolutionary back then but seem old hat now – ergo the recent trailer’s joke about a new-fangled device called a ‘parachute’:
“That’s where it’s different is it’s — we hint that it will become a thing, but it’s not, because back then a gadget was having a car, you know, a gadget was having an airplane. A gadget was having an umbrella that worked or it was, you know, technology was very different. So I mean, there are moments, you know, that they, there is espionage in it, but espionage back then, they’ve got a carrier pigeon with a f–kin’ note on its thing. So that, that was a high tech way of communicating secretly.”
The story follows Ralph Fiennes’ Duke of Oxford and his protege, Harris Dickinson’s Conrad, coming together to stop a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds from unleashing a war to kill millions.
The cast includes Daniel Brühl as Felix Yusupov, Rhys Ifans as Grigori Rasputin, Gemma Arterton as Mata Hari, Charles Dance as Field Marshal Haig, Matthew Goode as Tristan and Djimon Honsou as Shola. “The King’s Man” opens February 14th.