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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 Director.
The film's cast includes five Oscar winners: Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth, and Elton John.
The robot dogs, Bennie and Jet, are a reference to Elton John's song "Bennie and the Jets."
This marks the third time that actor Bruce Greenwood has 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). Bruce Greenwood can never actually run for President in real life because he was born in Canada.
The original cut ran 80 minutes longer.
Third film of 2017 to feature the song 'Take Me Home, Country Roads' by John Denver. The other films to feature the song are Alien: Covenant, and Logan Lucky (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.'"
Julianne Moore based her characterization of Poppy on Gene Hackman's performance as Lex Luthor in the Superman movies.
Mark Strong, who plays Merlin, provides the voice-over for Vue Cinemas in the UK and Ireland with regards to cinema etiquette. Exclusively for "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" screenings, he delivers the etiquette message in character as Merlin, reminding audiences to switch off their phones in his own unique style.
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.
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.
Taron Egerton was one of the final two actors along with Alden Ehrenreich in contention for the lead role in the Untitled Han Solo Movie but was forced to drop out when production for this film was greenlit sooner than expected.
The original cut of the movie had total runtime of 3 hours and 40 minutes. The movie had so many added scenes during production that FOX even asked director Matthew Vaughn if he wanted to split the movie into two separate movies. Vaughn shot that idea down and edited it down to 2 hours and 21 minutes. The movie is expected to have an extended cut on Blu Ray.
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.
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 Kingsman 3 is Dwayne Johnson. Vaughn has also revealed that with the success of the Kingsman trilogy that he was interested in making a Statesman spin-off.
All the Statesmen are named after beverages. With the exception of Ginger Ale, they are alcoholic beverages.
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). This is the second film opposite Julianne Moore for both of them. She appeared with Bridges in The Big Lebowski (1998), and Firth in A Single Man (2009).
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.
Loosely based on comic book series published by Marvel under their Icon Comics imprint.
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.
Reunites Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore after The Big Lebowski (1998) and Seventh Son (2014).
This is 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)).
Appropriately, the marquees in Poppy's compound all bear the names of Elton John song titles (The Bitch is Back, Captain Fantastic, etc.)
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".
Poppy is an appropriate name for a villain who deals in drugs, as many drugs are synthesized from the poppy plant.
On the weekend of May 14-15th 2016 there was filming for this film in Birmingham City Centre (UK). Scenes included a car chase.
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.
Fourth collaboration between Matthew Vaughn and Mark Strong. They previously worked together on Stardust, Kick Ass, Kingsman Secret Service, and this film.
The song used in the main trailer is actually two songs mashed together - the instrumental version of "Battle Royale" by Apashe and "My Generation" by The Who.
Colin Firth's character, Harry, has a short scene spoken in Italian. In fact, Colin Firth is actually a fluent Italian speaker.
Reunites Colin Firth with Mark Strong after Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and Fever Pitch
Halle Berry's name in Swordfish was "Ginger " in this film she is called "Ginger Ale"
An actor named Chester King plays the role of a Kingsman Knight, which is the exact name of Michael Caine's character in the first installment.
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 2016 animated film Sing. Johnny sings and plays piano to Elton John's "I'm Still Standing".
Reunites Julianne Moore with Colin Firth after A Single Man (2009).
Part of the opening chase scene was filmed in Birmingham, England, doubling for London.
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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.
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 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.
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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.
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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.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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.
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.
Taron Egerton declined to shoot the graphic scene where Eggsy has to plant a tracking devise inside the villain's girlfriend. The hand that we see 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."
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.
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.
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.
When Harry regains his memory, the music playing is identical to the track "Rage and Serenity" from X-Men First Class. It was used in the scene in which Magneto turns the satellite dish.
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).
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.
Towards the end of the movie, in the wedding scene of Eggsy, the camera zooms in the wedding rings as a reference to the name of the sequel: the Golden Circle.
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, about a serial killer who eats his victims (often disguised as gourmet dishes).
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