“This all started when Matthew Vaughn and I were talking about ‘Casino Royale’ a couple of years back in the pub between breaks on ‘Kick-Ass,’” the writer told CBR. “We loved the movie, but wondered why they didn’t do all the stuff where he learned how tobe James Bond. We’ve both got a couple of friends in special forces, both here and in the US, and even the real life training, without any artistic license, is really incredible set-piece stuff. If you ramp it up a little, it makes for some incredible scenes in a comic and in a movie. ‘The Secret Service’ is about a number of things, but one of the central thrusts is about a young, wayward hoodie kid from North London learning how to be James Bond. There’s a great story about Terence Young, the director of ‘Dr. No’ and the guy who really established the tone and look of the movie Bond we all understand. He liked Connery, but felt he was a bit crumpled and rough around the edges and so took him under his wing and turned him into the gentleman he needed for the role. He took him to his tailor, his barber, casinos and all the best restaurants. He taught him how to order the best wine and how to engage in the kind of well-read chatter James Bond would be able to handle as an ex (well, expelled) Etonian. I guess it was like ‘My Fair Lady’ in a way, but mixing this together with counter-terrorism training really seemed fun to us and become the spine of this project.”
Of course, now that those ideas have rolled into a specific story, Millar is beginning to realize just how potent the team-up at the heart of “Secret Service” is for him. “When I looked at the art and saw this very distinguished older guy taking a very rough around the edges younger guy under his wing and turning him into something cool, I realized it looked like me and Dave in a strange way,” he laughed. “The older, dark haired guy trying to make something of this kid and trying to turn him into something decent.
“This education of a 21st Century super-spy forms the structure of the story. I can’t give too much away because Matthew Vaughn and I co-conceived the thing with Dave, and Vaughn is literally right now writing the screenplay of the movie, so we’re on a non-disclosure agreement for a little while yet. But basically, if I had to say anything else about it, I would say that this is our version of S.H.I.E.L.D. or U.N.C.L.E. or any of those brilliant super-spy concepts, but seen through that skewed perspective we brought to superheroes in ‘Kick-Ass.’ It feels very, very fresh. I don’t think there’s ever been a comic like this and all three of us are very excited about it. I’ve wanted to work with Dave since I was sixteen (the letter I sent him was published on CBR, recently), so it had to be something big”. (via)