Tied to a chair, Mark Hamill watches a James Bond-type shoot various thugs in the face and head — just before the gun-wielding spy is bisected by a woman with swords for legs.
That’s how “Kingsman: The Secret Service” kicked off its panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego, earning much applause from the enthusiastic crowd, eager for a sneak peak at director Matthew Vaughn’s latest.
The “Kick-Ass” helmer was unable to attend Comic-Con due to medical reasons, but with the help of Hamill, he sent a video message from London while rocking a Kick-Ass mask — making good on a promise he made in 2010 that he’d attend his next Comic-Con in costume. (Hamill sported both a Hit-Girl wig and a very Obi-Wan-esque beard, most likely grown for his role in “Episode VII.”)
Vaughn set up the clip, which opens outside a cottage perched atop a snowy European peak.
Hamill plays a tweed-jacketed British scientist, getting interrogated by a bald thug who offers his captive a glass of quality whiskey moments before a spy in a triple-breasted suit goes all 007 on the bad guys. He shoots the thumb off one gun thug before unloading a bullet under the chin of another.
The spy’s rescue attempt ends with a wink to James Bond, as our hero takes a sip of the aforementioned whiskey right after killing the goon who brought it.
“It would be a shame to waste any of it,” the spy quips. And then he is cut in half by the girl with sword legs.
It’s revealed that she works for supervillain Samuel L. Jackson, who teases that he has something special planned for Hamill’s scientist at the end of the clip.
The footage screened shows that “Secret Service” not only pays homage to classic Bond films, but to the world of British spies in general — something star Colin Firth was quick to point out when he joined the panel.
“[The film] doesn’t only have a debt to Bond, by any means,” Firth said, adding that the film pinches from characters like John Steed (from the 1960s series “The Avengers”) and Smiley, the lead character from John Le Carre’s “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy.”
Jackson also joined Millar and Firth on stage, where he shared that his desire to be in a Bond film led him to sign on to the project. This is a desire that his character shares — to a degree — as well, as evidenced in the action-packed sizzle reel that closed the panel.
Jackson and Firth’s characters are sitting across from each other at a table, discussing their appreciation for classic spy films — namely the Bond series.
“Being gentleman spy was my dream job,” the villain says. Firth’s character responds that he always idolized being the villain as a kid.
“Shame we had to grow up,” Jackson hisses. And from there, we’re treated to quick shots of gunfights and near-fatal training montages, as Firth’s character is charged with bringing new recruit Taron Egerton into the fold, impressive footage from what promises to be another successful action entry for Vaughn.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” hits theaters October 24.