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The King's Man: First look at the Kingsman prequel

"Since 1849, Kingsman Tailors have clothed the world's most powerful individuals. In 1919, a great number of them had lost their heirs to World War I. That meant a lot of money going un-inherited. And a lot of powerful men with the desire to preserve peace and protect life. Our founders realised that they could channel that wealth and influence for the greater good. And so began our adventure."

So explained Colin Firth's Harry Hart in the original Kingsman film. Now we get to see the story behind that foundation.

Kingsman, properly called Kingsman: The Secret Service, was a 2014 film by Matthew Vaughn and based on the Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar graphic novel The Secret Service. For the uninitiated, it follows the actions of a gentleman spy ring and was followed up by a 2017 sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

The films are big on style, action and humour - with a wardrobe department which would make you empty your wallet on sight. The suiting for the original Kingsman films was spectacular and inspired a collection on Mr Porter as well as a stunning collaboration with Tag Heuer.

These are just some of the choice pieces, you can shop the whole collection at Mr Porter.

But back to the film; today we got our first look at the original story of the Kingsmen; it is set to be told in a new film starring Ralph Fiennes and Gemma Arterton as set during the first part of the 20th Century.

This does mean that Kingsman fans will have to accept there will be no return for popular stars Colin Firth and Taron Egerton, but it does bear the promise of some sharp 1920's tailoring to fill the sartorial void left for those of us still lusting after the double-breasted perfection of the original.

Our first look at The King's Man gives us a strong period setting, a few flashes of fast-paced action and a heft dose of Ralph Fiennes who, playing the Duke of Oxford, seems to be taking on the senior spy role. The trailer finished with a glimpse of a very recognisable tailoring emporium - and the promise of what could be a great film to come in February next year.


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