This post contains spoilers about Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Another Kingsman film, another round of controversy over how the franchise handles a key sex scene.
In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, out now, super spy Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is tasked with planting a tracking device inside Ciara (Poppy Delevingne), the significant other of the film’s villain. Inside, literally: an uncomfortable Eggsy seduces Ciara and inserts the tracker into her vagina — as director Matthew Vaughn switches to a computer-generated shot of what happens inside Ciara’s body.
Critics of Kingsman have already cited the scene as an example of the film’s misogyny. But Egerton, who said he was “uncomfortable” doing the scene, has defended the sequence. “You know, it’s not to everyone’s tastes, but it certainly gets people talking,” he told ScreenRant. “All it is is explicitly showing what Bond alludes to and says in a double entendre kind of way.”
Explained Vaughn in a separate interview with Uproxx, “For the first time I wanted to see a spy with an emotional and moral dilemma of having to do something he really doesn’t want to do. Because James Bond would have done that, and probably would have had sex and a cigarette and thought, who’s next? Eggsy is different. And I think it’s really important to do scenes that do make people feel uncomfortable. That scene plays very differently to people. Some people laugh and cheer. Other people are like, ‘Oh my God.’ Some people are disgusted about it. But nobody doesn’t notice it – and, afterward, they’ll talk about it. And that’s what I want to do with films. I want people to discuss it afterward. I don’t want to make bland movies. I think there are enough movies made by Hollywood committees that bore you to death. I’m there to wake you up, one way or another.”
This, of course, isn’t the first time Vaughn has started a conversation with how he handled a Kingsman sex scene. Two years ago, there were more than a few raised eyebrows when the first film ended with a female character (played by Hanna Alström) offering Eggsy the opportunity to engage in anal sex should he save the world. (Eggsy does and the movie ends with the consummation of their brief relationship.)
At the time, director Matthew Vaughn told EW that the joke was very much in keeping with the whole movie’s send-up of the Bond series, flipping the script and making what was implied in those movies, well, explicit.
“If you’ve noticed, this is my Spinal Tap of trying to find 11 with every scene,” Vaughn said. “[The joke] is a celebration of women and the woman being empowered in a weird way in my mind, which will cause a big argument again I’m sure. It’s meant to be tongue-in-cheek and crazy.”
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is in theaters now.