Spy comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service almost got all six James Bond actors together for a trailer that would see them pass the baton to the new spy series.
During an interview with The James Bond AZ Podcast, creator Mark Millar revealed that Kingsman almost had a teaser trailer featuring all six 007s, and it only fell apart due to the very first.
“Matthew Vaughan who directed Kingsman had this really cool idea, when Sean Connery was still alive, and Roger Moore was still alive,” he said. “His idea was to do a promotional teaser for Kingsman where you had all the previous Bonds together, all having a toast around the table. [They’d be] talking about a new generation of spies. They had this really cool little idea.”
It’s clearly the kind of concept you only ever dream of pulling together, but Millar revealed that they were actually a lot closer to making this teaser than they ever thought possible.
“We actually had a link to everybody,” he said. “We had like Roger Moore, who was good friends with someone Matthew knew, I can’t remember who it was. Colin Firth was friendly with [Pierce Brosnan]and Matthew knew Daniel Craig for Layer Cake, and somebody knew [George] Lazenby. We kinda had all of them. And I think we had a slightly provisional ‘yes’, according to Matthew, I don’t know if this is true, but we had a provisional ‘yes’ from everyone and we were trying to get Connery, and [Matthew] tried to get me to get Connery, because I was Scottish!”
As it turns out, Millar and Connery did have a mutual friend…
“Although I didn’t know him, I called up my mutual friend and he phoned ahead, but Connery was quite ill by that point, and we were told ‘this just can’t happen’. And I said, ‘why don’t we just do what they did in the 1960s and just get Neil Connery, his brother, and just use him if we can?’”
Unfortunately, Neil died just seven months after Sean Connery.
“But it would have been so cool,” said Millar. “That would have been great to see those guys actually standing together in real life.”
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Much like the recent real-life Spider-Man meme, this would have been a real moment for the fans, and Millar doesn’t think it would have been too much work to bring together.
“You could have shot it in an hour,” he explained. “You could have had them standing around a table, and the idea was that you have this Kingsman whiskey that they toast, and then the camera pans round and you see Colin [Firth] Taron gold [Egerton]I can’t remember who it was going to be, and it was just the next generation of super spies.
“And it would have really annoyed [Bond producers] the Broccoli!”
It certainly would have been an incredible tease for Kingsman. Of course, not bringing the teaser together hasn’t hurt the series, and the Kingsman franchise could be getting even bigger with several films being planned by Matthew Vaughan.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.