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(2004)

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It was Daniel Craig's performance in this film that caused Barbara Broccoli to take notice and think he might be a good fit for James Bond.
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During the scene in which Gene (Colm Meaney) gives XXXX a handgun, director Matthew Vaughn says on the DVD commentary that XXXX "wants to be James Bond." Daniel Craig (XXXX) was announced as the successor to Pierce Brosnan.
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The actor who plays "The Duke" is Jamie Foreman, son of notorious London gang enforcer Freddie Foreman.
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In the opening montage, XXXX walks through a pharmacy, in which he imagines all the products are drugs, like cocaine and ecstasy, branded with labels such as "FCUK reality". The founder of French Connection (FCUK), Stephen Marks, was the executive producer of the film.
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Matthew Vaughn is a descendant of Edward Harley, 3rd Earl of Oxford and Mortimer. For several reasons, he is not eligible to be the Earl of Oxford and Mortimer (one of which being the fact that the line has been discontinued and replaced by the Earl of Oxford and Asquith). When charming American girls at a bar in the film, Cody (Dexter Fletcher) tells Tiptoes (Steven John Shepherd) that he is pretending to be the Earl of Oxford.
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J.J. Connolly, the author of the Layer Cake novel, wanted to play Lucky in the film.
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Guy Ritchie was in place to direct, but other commitments meant he had to drop out.
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Louis Emerick (Trevor) was originally intended to play Morty, but his Liverpool accent was a barrier.
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The "f" word and its derivatives are said two hundred ten times throughout the film.
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The first draft of the screenplay was 408 pages long. The book on which it is based is 344 pages.
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Marcel Iures plays a Serbian drug dealer (Slavo) yet, being a Romanian actor, he speaks Romanian with his crew.
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The warehouse where XXXX (Daniel Craig) meets Eddie Temple (Michael Gambon) is the largest of its kind in the UK.
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The café in which Morty (George Harris) pours out the teapot is a real-life café in London. You can get a breakfast there, 17-19 Regency Street, SW12 4BY.
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The warehouse where XXXX meets Eddie Temple was mostly empty, and most of the crates seen in it were added digitally.
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In the penultimate scene at Stoke Park country club, XXXX and his fellow drug dealers are eating a layer cake.
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The song that plays while XXXX (Daniel Craig) and Morty (George Harris) drive to see Jimmy (Kenneth Cranham) was intended to be a temporary track until something better was found, but the filmmakers liked it so much, it remained in the final cut.
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"In time of peace, plan for war" is from "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu, and is Chinese, not Roman.
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The phonetics ("radio alphabet") "Delta-Uniform-Kilo-Echo" are spoken in sentence over the police band when the "inspector" exits the police car to address the raid team. The phonetics spell the letters D-U-K-E, or "Duke".
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When XXXX enters the house after his encounter with Eddie Temple, a poster that reads "The Devil's Harvest " is briefly visible on the right side wall. The Devil's Harvest is an Amsterdam based company that ships Marijuana seeds by courier.
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One of five collaborations of actors Ben Whishaw and Daniel Craig. Prior to the Bond movies Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), the pair had both worked on The Trench (1999), Layer Cake (2004) and Enduring Love (2004).
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Tom Hardy (Clarkie) and Burn Gorman (Gazza) appeared in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
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Tom Hardy and George Harris were also both in Black Hawk Down (2006).
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Michael Gambon and George Harris appeared in the Harry Potter film franchise.
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The door off into Temple's library is a façade of books, including Dante, on the edge of the door at eye level.
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Burn Gorman (Gazza) and Francis Magee (Paul the Boatman) appeared on Game of Thrones (2011).
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Colm Meaney and Tom Hardy appeared in the Star Trek franchise.
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The scene with lucky and xxxx in the bush you cam see his luggage moved before and after he is shot
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Colm Meaney would later star opposite Daniel Craig's Quantum of Solace (2009) co-star Gemma Arterton in A Deal Is a Deal (2008).
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Ben Wishaw and Daniel Craig also appear together in the James bond franchise.
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Sienna Miller is the only American in the cast.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The original ending, the ending Sony Pictures wanted Matthew Vaughn to use, shows XXXX driving off into the sunset with his new girlfriend. Vaughn secretly recorded the alternate ending, showing XXXX being shot by Sidney to the screening audience, and ended up using it, based on popular vote, stating "It was not like other American movie endings."
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Body Count: ten (eleven if XXXX died).
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The silenced pistol with which XXXX kills Jimmy is a Chinese Type 67, a very obscure pistol used by the Chinese military and security services.
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In the novel, the protagonist and his hired Cold Sniper shoot an American tourist, mistaking him for hitman Dragan. The film was originally going to play the scene out in the same way, but Sony Pictures felt uncomfortable with killing the American and asked for the scene to be changed. It was: Dragan snipes the sniper before he takes his shot at the tourist, which Matthew Vaughn's commentary states makes for a better scene.
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After the 'Police' bungle the warehouse raid, there is a call over the radio: Delta Uniform Kilo Echo, which spells out the word DUKE
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