Why was the original Kingsman so good? Taron Egerton had a lot to do with it. Ahead of this September's sequel, The Golden Circle here’s why we love the actor, and why we think he’ll boss it once again.
While being British is by no means enough for you to be considered an equal to James Bond, it certainly helps. Could you imagine a James Bond with an American accent? Didn’t think so.
That British charm and sense of humour is vital to why Bond’s character is so popular, and Egerton captured those qualities in his performance as chav-turned-superspy Eggsy in the original Kingsman.
While Taron was born in Merseyside, he considers himself to be Welsh since he spent his childhood in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch – and yes, that is a real place. Hopefully he can follow the like of the legendary Anthony Hopkins and Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon in taking the Welsh flag to Hollywood.
The one issue with James Bond is he’s not very relatable. When he’s not sipping martinis and driving Aston Martin’s, he’s off chasing super-villains. Even the most adventurous of you can’t boast such a life.
Taron, on the other hand, portrayed a much more grounded character as Eggsy. It’s easier to relate to Eggsy, who was raised in the streets of London by a single mother, compared to Bond’s education at Eton College. Being so relatable means that we can sympathise with Eggsy more, especially when he faces commons issues such as family, bullies and unemployment.
But Taron’s main asset is being able to switch between the street-smart delinquent to the charming secret agent in a flash.
He's got the physique
Who didn’t swoon when Daniel Craig was in his swimming briefs as Bond in Casino Royale? While Taron might not have the same sex appeal (as few people do) his shirtless scene turned more than a few heads.
Whether he’s sitting in his flat in London, busy in the office or chasing down a terrorist, Bond always seems to be well dressed. While this wasn’t the case for Eggsy at the beginning of Kingsman, as he donned a baseball cap and tracksuit bottoms, he proved later on that he looks very dapper in a tailored suit.
But it seems Taron doesn’t reserve his smart clothes solely for acting. The Welsh actor has been picked by GQ as one of the 50 best-dressed British men in 2015 and 2016. In fact, in 2016 he ranked a mighty impressive 13th place with Daniel Craig nowhere to be seen. Move over Bond, there’s a new agent in town.
He's an action hero
So we’ve established that Taron is well groomed, British and down-to-Earth, but what good is it playing a secret agent if you're not convincing? Fortunately, Taron threw himself into the action in the first movie, particularly during the climax as Eggsy took on the evil Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson).
While admittedly none of his action scenes compared to Colin Firth’s insane fight within the church, he still proved that he has quality action man skills. Hopefully we get to see more of these talents in The Golden Circle, as Eggsy takes off his training wheels and becomes a secret agent that even 007 would be proud to be.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is released on 29th September. Check out our list of the film's new A-list cast members.
Ryan Jones is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.