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We're here to enhance your skills, test you to the limit. Which is why you're gonna pick a puppy. If we start from this very dialogue, the reason was quite clear. That limit can be pushed further if someone's family/friend is involved in the line of duty. By the time training was about to end, candidates were fond of their pet, for Eggsy his pup ...


22

Here's my poor understanding of household plumbing. Normally, your toilet (and sink, shower...) drains have a "trap" which holds a little bit of water in order to prevent the sewer stink from coming up the hole. The top of the vent pipe usually goes up to the top of the building and vents to the air (this is sometimes why in high winds, the toilet water ...


18

The one to enter Valentine's bunker had to be a male, since he was supposed to use Chester King's invitation. With only two agents on his hands, and assuming Merlin himself was the only one able to hack his way with the on-plane instrumentation, no other choices were open.


16

They likely had Sofia Boutella wear special socks/coverings and added the assasin prosthetics later. Effects like this have been achievable for quite some time now, as shown by the special effects shots of Gary Sinise as Lt. Dan in the film Forest Gump. Sinise wore blue socks during filming, and his legs bellow the knee were digitally removed in post ...


13

The old spartan soldiers did the same thing. Bring up a dog and kill it at the end of their training. The same practice can be seen replicated in Game of Thrones. The unsullied did the dog thing too. Even though the kill-your-dog-idea works without knowing the historical facts, it traces back to the very real idea of how to train hard, mercyless soldiers. ...


12

According to Mark Millar -- the author of the comic book -- in an interview with Comic Book Resources: And on the "changes over time" front, I understand that "The Secret Service" will make a slight change to Jack's name. What precipitated this? Did "Jack London" just feel the call of the wild? Funny you should say that because, as a kid, I just ...


12

Valentine went around selecting people he felt would be useful in the new world he wanted to create, and if they agreed with him and his plan they'd be implanted with a chip that both blocks the signal and explodes if they leak information before the event, otherwise he'd kidnap them and hold them in his lair until afterwards. His entire reason for enacting ...


11

It's a combination of a few things. Harry periodically drops comments about how his background and how talented Eggsy is: high IQ, possible Olympic caliber gymnast, high weapons scores, some Royal Marine training, etc. The training scenes suggest a lot of training that isn't explicitly shown. Obviously they were trained as snipers as suggested in the one ...


11

The woman at Valentine's press conference (where they notice that she has an implant) is actually not Gazelle but some other assistent of him, who I'd wager wasn't as close/important as Gazelle to warrant an exception from the implant. As you can see, she has a significantly different face and haircut (which Gazelle never changes throughout the movie): In ...


10

From an interview with Matthew Vaughn (director) It ends [on that joke] for a very strong reason. A lot of Bond movies used to end on things like Bond trying to ‘attempt re-entry,’ or ‘keeping the British end up.’ So I just thought, ‘We’ve pushed the boundary on every sort of spy cliché.’ We’ve got to end it on The Big One. And there’s only one way of ...


8

It's likely a combination of "how good at following our orders are you" or "do you have a problem killing something when you may not know why/feel that great about it" without hesitating. After all, up until that point, no one had actually killed anyone yet, and as we all saw by the end of the movie, one has to be pretty good and ok with killing to be a ...


7

The wine offered, if memory serves, was Chateau Yqem. This is famously one of the most expensive wines in the world. A bottle would set you back several hundred pounds. As you suggest, the joke is in the juxtaposition of the meal with a wine of that price.


7

The assistant in question isn't Gazelle, she is in fact another assistant also featured in the scene where Galahad/Harry walks into Valatine's home and sees the women with the leaflet for the church.


7

I believe it's a test of trust. As a secret agent you rely on the information that it's provided to you and you must follow orders even though they don't always make sense. It is not a test to see if they can kill when ordered no matter how attached to the target they are, it tests that the candidate trusts his commanders judgement (If I say jump, you jump)...


7

My thought is that the GLASS was poisoned, not the alcohol. Perhaps in the bottom of the glass intended for Eggsy, there was a small bit of powder, or the inside of the glass was coated with a clear poison. When the alcohol touched it, the poison would liquefy in the alcohol and be consumed.


7

There was a scene right at the beginning of the selection process. The Lancelot candidates are given a body bag and told to write their name and the name of their relative on it. They were told that if they ever told anyone about Kingsmen, they would be placed in the body bag along with their relative. Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Merlin. You are ...


6

Within the movie, this made no sense to me. We have the Kingsmen, who are self-professed honest, upright and good people, who only condone "the risking of a life to save another." And then they ask their trainees to do something arbitrarily heinous. (Afterwards they explain that of course they wouldn't risk the dog, but if that's clear, then they shouldn't ...


6

When they all crash through to the other room, one of the Kingsmen (can't remember who) tells the recruits that if they can get a pipe through the "U-bend" in a toilet, they have an unlimited supply of air. What they're referring to is is a special type of piping "trap", often referred to as a "P-trap". The purpose is to leave a bit of water in the pipe ...


6

After having told Valentine "You are completely crazy," she turns to the prime minister and says Och när det gäller statsministern, (är jag) chockad över att du över huvud taget överväger det här. Du är vald av folket! Det är ditt jobb… and then tries to get up from her chair before finishing her last sentence. Translation: As for the prime minister, ...


6

I rewatched the scene and agree: There's little chance Arthur could slip the poison in. We see it unfold in real time and his hands and the glass are always visible either to us or to Eggsy, except for the time that Eggsy distracts him and switches the glasses. And since Arthur wouldn't want to poison himself, there's also little chance that the poison was ...


5

It's the Norwegian prime minister and the Swedish princess, and she's talking Swedish, which norwegians can understand. Edit the actor is Norwegian, but he might be playing the Swedish prime minister. She's asking if he's totally crazy, and that he's elected by the people and he can't do this.


4

My SO had an interesting theory about this - she said that instead of looking at it as "we want you to shoot the dog", the whole point of the scene was trust. Not trusting and blindly following orders, but rather, trusting that this organization - the Kingsman - were not the bad guys, that they wouldn't allow a dog to die for the sake of a test regardless. ...


4

The UK version has a total of 51 seconds censored; I watched the US version (because I live in Paraguay, therefore we consume the American version), which, according to what I saw and read in several websites, is the uncensored version; the German release, I understand is uncensored too. Peter Debruge of the Variety Magazine explain the parts censored in the ...


4

The wines offered were a 1945 chateau lefite rothschild. This is a wine made from Syrah in the pauillac region of france. It probably would not be a good pairing for such a light meal. The Chateau D'yquem is a sweet wine and would go nicely with the twinkies as Galahad suggests.


4

The only aspect of the training Eggsy failed was the final test to shoot the dog. Otherwise he passed everything else with flying colors. The only thing setting him apart from Roxy was the fact that he was unwilling to shoot his dog. Given this, it could be Merlin felt that Eggsy was better suited for the task inside Valentine's bunker, leaving Roxy as the ...


4

Much like Tetsujin, I'm gonna have to give a meta-answer.... Because the first film was an inherently British film, that skewed British spy movies (Bond primarily, but other genre elements can be found) whilst delivering a subtle critique of the British class system. After it found unprecedented success, Matthew Vaughn has attempted to solicit a broader ...


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The 'crazy waves' are transmitted by mobile phones that have Valentine's SIM card in them, which he distributes under the guise of offering a free service. I presume the (audio?) signal they transmit has a relatively short range, but a lot of the world's population will be within a short distance of one or more phones. I presume that Eggsy and Merlin, ...


2

I also can confirm that the church scene was censored in Latin America. I saw the movie in Utah and then last night in Panama. The church scene in Panama only included the first woman Galahad shoots, cuts of Eggsy's reactions, Merlin's reactions, a couple of guys thrown around from Galahad's POV, Valentine and Gazelle's reactions, then cut to Galahad ...


2

I've not seen it, but the Wikipedia page for Kingsman says: "A song from Take That's seventh studio album III, "Get Ready for It", will play during the end credits." Is this (YouTube link) the one?


2

His plan does make sense. Not everyone would die in the mayhem that he would unleash. The effect of the signal is not permanent. There would be survivors amongst those who had not been chosen. This is shown earlier when Galahad. Walks out of the church. Survivors who would presumably be the strongest and fittest in their particular part of the world. ...


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