Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton), whose late father secretly worked for a spy organization, lives in a South London housing estate and seems headed for a life behind bars. However, dapper agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth) recognizes potential in the youth and recruits him to be a trainee in the secret service. Meanwhile, villainous Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) launches a diabolical plan to solve the problem of climate change via a worldwide killing spree.
- Michael Caine [Arthur]
- Jack Davenport [Lancelot]
- Jonno Davies [Lee Unwin]
- Colin Firth [Harry Hart] - In the 2017 sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Colin is brought back to life when Halle Berry and Channing Tatum rush to the scene to apply a special head wound repair kit.
- Bjorn Floberg [Swedish Prime Minister]
- Mark Hamill [Professor James Arnold]
- Samuel L. Jackson [Richmond Valentine]
- Corey Johnson [Church Leader]
- Marian Lorencik [Arctic Commando]
- Adrian Quinton [Terrorist]
- Roy Beck [US Defence Secretary]
- Chris Wilson [Obamas Aid (White House Bunker)]
- Velibor Topic [Biggest Goon]
- Sofia Boutella [Gazelle]
- Fiona Hampton [Amelia] - it is revealed by Colin Firth later in the film she actually survived the exercise and is working in the Kingsman tech department in Berlin.
- Anne Wittman [Church Blonde Woman]
- Matthew Vaughn withdrew from directing X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) in order to direct this movie.
- Actor Colin Firth did eighty percent of his own stunts, according to Stunt Coordinator and Second Unit Director Bradley James Allan.
- Mark Strong, who plays Merlin, said: "This movie will be to Bond, what Kick-Ass (2010) is to superhero movies."
- Many of the villains in the James Bond franchise have had some form of physical dysfunction, difference, or abnormality. Samuel L. Jackson's character of Richmond Valentine was originally intended not to have a lisp. However, Jackson completed his first take with a lisp. Matthew Vaughn yelled "cut!", and talked to Jackson, who revealed to Vaughn that, prior to having an acting career, he actually had a lisp, which he eventually overcame. It was also jokingly remarked that this lisp is Valentine's reason for being villainous.
- In the film and trailer, when the new Kingsman recruits have their first night's sleep interrupted by a deluge of water pouring into the dorm, on-set the scene went horrifically wrong. As Matthew Vaughn recalls "I shouted 'action!', the computer got it wrong and vrrrrssshh, everyone was twenty feet down underwater. Cameras, sound guys... Guys were in waders full of water, panic, everyone diving in and pulling people out." The set, painstakingly planned and rehearsed using height markers and computer-programmed water tanks, washed away in a near-biblical flood when said computers went rogue. "Those actors weren't acting, they were absolutely terrified," shudders Vaughn. "It was awful for the first day of filming."