LONDON — The British director and producer Matthew Vaughn and the screenwriter Jane Goldman have worked together on several film projects, beginning with “Stardust” in 2007 and including their newest, “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” which opens in the United States on Feb. 13. “We’ve written five and a half things, and they have all actually been made into films,” Mr. Vaughn said proudly. (The half refers to “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which Mr. Vaughn was hired to direct but ultimately didn’t; the two received story credit.)
“It’s weirdly unusual,” Ms. Goldman added. “Which actually describes us.”
Weirdly unusual or no, Mr. Vaughn and Ms. Goldman seem to have a particularly harmonious taste for surreal ultraviolence that is often disturbingly funny and that has earned them a fair share of controversy (especially when they cast an 11-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz as a lethal schoolgirl in their “Kick-Ass,” from 2010). They also share a love for old British spy characters, encompassing James Bond and Austin Powers, evident in “X-Men: First Class” (2011), and at the forefront in “Kingsman,” a spy spoof, based on a comic book series by Mark Millar that is also a homage to the venerable tradition of dapper men who never spill a vintage whisky while dispatching a foe.
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