Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the next installment in the hit superspy franchise that began with 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service, and while it features many returning characters, the new movie ups the ante in every way. There's a bigger budget, a bigger, more star-studded cast, and the stakes have increased. So now that the franchise has moved from curiosity to bonafide blockbuster territory, how will this upscaling affect the Kingsman 2 soundtrack?
The soundtrack for the first Kingsman film was well received, and it featured the bombastic and upbeat score of the film composed by Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson. Jackman is a frequent collaborator with legendary film composer Hans Zimmer, and his other credits include the music for movies such as Captain Phillips, Wreck It Ralph, and Captain America: Civil War. Margeson is another Zimmer disciple who has worked on films like Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, and Eddie the Eagle, which stars Kingsman star Taron Egerton.
Kingsman: The Secret Service also featured a number of songs in addition to the score, and while there was some modern flare from hip hop artists like Iggy Azalea and Dizzee Rascal, there was a clear preference for the classics from bands such as Dire Straits, KC & The Sunshine Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bryan Ferry. However, none of these songs featured on the official soundtrack for the film, which was limited to the score.
If you were a fan of the music from The Secret Service, then odds are you'll enjoy the tunes in The Golden Circle as well. The sequel once again features a score composed by Jackman and Margeson, and while no tracks from said score have yet been released, the entire collection will again be available as an official soundtrack album from La La Land Records. Amazon states that this soundtrack will be released on Oct. 27, a little over a month after the film's theatrical debut on Sept. 22. Here's the site's official description of the release:
La-La Land Records, 20th Century Fox and Fox Music present the original motion picture score to the feature film Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the all-new chapter in the epic Kingsman saga, starring Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong, and directed by Matthew Vaughn. Acclaimed composers Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson return to the action-packed world of Kingsman, and once again provide a full-throttle musical ride that provides as much class as it does punch!
Also, like the original film, you can expect to hear some classic songs that won't be included on the official soundtrack. So far, the film's trailers and TV spots have featured four such songs, and while it's not clear whether or not any of them will make it to the final film, they all seem right at home in the world of Kingsman. The song featured in the first trailer is "My Way," by Frank Sinatra. Released in 1969, the song is arguably the most famous from Ol' Blue Eyes' vast catalogue.
In the second trailer for the film, the chosen song was a little more... British. "My Generation," the 1965 hit from English band The Who, was featured, but as an updated "Battle Royale Remix" version by Belgian electronic music artist Apashe.
Several TV ads for the film feature the 1983 track "Sharp Dressed Man," by ZZ Top. Given that the Kingsman are quite the fashionistas with a tailoring business as their front, the song couldn't be more fitting.
Finally, in one ad for the film, the 1994 song "Rocks" by British rockers Primal Scream can be heard. And while it's the most recent song featured in any of the film's trailers by more than a decade, keep in mind that it's still 23 years old.
The soundtrack for Kingsman: The Golden Circle looks like it will feature a similar score to the first film, while also blending in some film-only classic pop and rock songs to balance things out. So if you were a fan of the original's music, odds are you'll like this, too.