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Vaughn: Kingsman is fun spy film

Matthew Vaughn has revealed his new film, Kingsman: The Secret Service is a fresh spin on spy movies.

The Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class filmmaker admitted the film, based on Mark Millar's comic book, is light-hearted.

"Mark Millar and I were chatting about how we both love spy movies and I was lamenting that they've become very serious. I felt that Bond, Bourne, Mission: Impossible were all pretty interchangeable," he told Digital Spy.

"I said, 'Why don't we do something different, like what we did in Kick-Ass for superheroes, do it for spies, where we just take everything we love about that genre but put a spin on it and make it a bit crazier'."

Newcomer Taron Egerton stars in the film, alongside Colin Firth, Sir Michael Caine, Mark Strong and Samuel L Jackson.

The 43-year-old director continued: "This is very modern. I'm going to compare it with what Spielberg did with Raiders Of The Lost Ark where he took the movies he grew up on and made it in a more modern, fresh and accessible way - I'm doing the same thing with the spy movies I grew up on.

"We've got nods to the spy films of the 60s, but just a nod. It will be nothing like them."

Mark Strong, who plays Merlin, said: "I think this is to Bond movies what Kick-Ass was to superhero movies. It's a wry take on the genre that is wickedly invading that territory and having fun with it.

"No, it can't compete with Bond, because it has nothing like the budget, but it can compete in terms of a wry take on the genre, and I think people will enjoy that."

Kingsman: The Secret Service opens in UK cinemas on October 17.

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