Harry Hart as Mr. DeVere
So I have seen a lot of posts about Harry Hart as Galahad, and why the Kingsman were given the code names they were, and I love it, but I have not seen a lot of talk addressing the fact that Harry was also given the under cover alias of “Mr. DeVere.” I happen to have a few thoughts on this.
First of all, there’s another guy who was famously named DeVere; I’m talking about Edward DeVere. He was an earl in Elizabithan England and was kind of an awesome dude. Openly bisexual, a total hottie, great gardener, and a patron of all things artsy and amazing, including the Queen herself. They were in fact, by most accounts, great friends. Here’s where it gets super cool-
He was the Earl Of Oxford. Which would explain Harry “Oxfords Not Brogues” Hart being assigned the name. There’s also the parallel of Edward DeVere helping to protect the crown without ever having received any kind of official commission from the British government or without ever being part of the Queen’s armed services (much like the way Kingsman is a spy agency set apart from government).
Then there’s the legend and fame surrounding Edward DeVere. You can watch a visually amazing yet totally factually inaccurate portrayal of this guy’s life in a film called “Anonymous” about the true creation of Shakespeare’s work. The film depicts a bunch of stuff that definitely is NOT true, and also some stuff that might be true. I’m not here to explain that film, but I recommend watching it and then seeking further education on the matter (I am always available to answer questions about this film, or any other content of this post tbh). The point is, Edward DeVere is, in a theory called Oxfordian Theory, credited with writing Shakespeare’s works while Shakespeare, an actor, took credit for the work.
Harry says a few times that no one thanks you for the work you do in Kingsman. If he was to take down Valentine that night, or any night, it would have made the news, because Valentine was a celebrity. But chances are, even if it did make the type of headline featured on Harry’s wall, Harry still would not have been thanked. Another person’s name would have been put on the deed, or they would have lied and said natural causes.
I’m working on further insights on this, but these are my thoughts so far on Harry Hart as Mr. DeVere.