‘X-Men: First Class’ director inspired by James Bond

Matthew Vaughn took inspiration from Bond for his new comic-book prequel

X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has revealed how he took inspiration from James Bond for his new prequel.

The latest in the mutant superhero series takes the action back to the start, with Professor X and Magneto meeting for the first time against a backdrop of the Cold War, and is directed by the British Kick-Ass helmer Vaughn.

Now he has revealed that he drew on the early spy movies as a starting point.

He told Hitfix: “There were two main influences I had. First, I watched all the early Bond movies again. You Only Live Twice I watched a couple of times.


“I really wanted it to feel like a ’60s Bond film, but with a little bit of reality it could be grounded in. I wanted there to be just a hint of this world of the mutants coming through. A mutant in this world having powers needed to be the equivalent of you or I sneezing, as normal as possible, at least until the humans start seeing it for the first time.”

Vaughn also suggested that he had an idea for a potential sequel, which would begin with the assassination of John F Kennedy, but the with the twist that the President was shot “by a magic bullet controlled by Magneto.”

X-Men: First Class us due for release in the UK on June 1.