Colin Firth is a “gentleman spy” with a killer umbrella and Samuel L Jackson is a blood-hating villain with a lisp in Fox’s forthcoming film Kingsman: The Secret Service.
The two actors were joined by fellow cast members and the film’s writer at Comic-Con in San Diego to present an early look at footage from the October release.
One scene showed Firth taking on half a dozen thugs with nothing but his quick moves and powerful umbrella. His watch also shoots an “amnesia dart” at an observer who would call police.
Another showed Jackson’s headquarters, where a woman with knives for feet sliced a man in half vertically, then bustled about covering dead bodies so as not to offend her boss’s delicate sensibilities.
“I can’t stand the sight of blood,” he says.
A final clip showed Firth battling assailants in a church, using a Bible as his weapon.
The writer and director behind Kick-Ass, Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn, reunited for this film, billed as a tribute to the old James Bond movies.
Mark Millar, who created the comic book the film is based on, called it “a love letter to the spy movies we miss”.