Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

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Agent Cody Banks 2:
Destination London
Agent Cody Banks 2 film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Kevin Allen
Produced by
  • David Glasser
  • Andreas Klein
  • Guy Oseary
  • David Nicksay
  • Dylan Sellers
Screenplay by Don Rhymer
Story by
Based on Characters
by Jeffrey Jurgensen
Starring
Music by Mark Thomas
Cinematography Denis Crossan
Edited by Andrew MacRitchie
Production
company
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • March 12, 2004 (2004-03-12)
Running time
100 minutes
Country
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $26 million[1]
Box office $28.8 million[1]

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London is a 2004 American action comedy film and the sequel to the 2003 film Agent Cody Banks. Directed by Kevin Allen and written by Don Rhymer, the film stars Frankie Muniz (the only major returning actor from the previous film), Hannah Spearritt, Anthony Anderson and Keith David. The film takes place in London with Cody and his buffonish adult partner, Derek trying to recover a stolen software and stop the activation of the government's mind control project.

The film and was released in the United States on March 12, 2004 and grossed $28 million worldwide, against its $26 million budget.[1]

Plot[edit]

Agent Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) attends summer camp, actually a secret facility for training CIA teenage agents. When a group of CIA soldiers attempt to abduct head counselor Victor Diaz (Keith Allen), Cody helps him escape, mistaking the CIA operation for a training exercise. The director informs Cody that Diaz stole disks containing plans for a secret mind-control device, and sends Cody to recapture him.

In the United Kingdom, Cody poses as a summer orchestra student at the Kenworth estate to spy on owner Lord Duncan Kenworth, suspected of working with Diaz, supported by his handler, Derek (Anthony Anderson) and Kumar, Derek's right-hand man, who are disguised as a chef hired by Lady Josephine Kenworth and a taxi driver respectively. Whilst keeping his mission a secret from his fellow students, Cody sneaks around the estate and confirms that Diaz and Duncan are working together and that they have a working prototype of the mind control device, evidenced when Duncan makes a dog serve drinks and play the piano.

The next day, Cody breaks into a lab owned by Duncan, where he sees the finished device: a microchip inserted as a filling into a tooth cavity by dentist Santiago. Shortly afterwards Cody and Derek chase Diaz, armed with a rocket gun, through London streets, but Cody is captured by the Metropolitan Police Service and taken to Scotland Yard. He is later freed by Emily (Hannah Spearritt), a fellow student who, similar to Cody, is actually a British MI6 undercover operative. While Emily buys coffee and soda, henchmen sneak up on Cody, knocking him unconscious by drugging him with spray. They kidnap him and implant him with the microchip.

Under Duncan, Santiago and Diaz's influence, Cody meets the CIA director, who is then also converted. This is witnessed by Emily, who explains things to Derek. To get the microchip out of Cody, Derek cuts one of Cody's gadgets, exploding Mentos mints, into a precisely minuscule amount to safely remove it. The group later realise Diaz's plan: to implant all of the world leaders, who are all in London for a G7 summit at Buckingham Palace, effectively giving him control of the world.

Deducing that with the CIA director under Diaz's control, they may be put on a most wanted list, Cody, Derek and Emily infiltrate the party before the summit. There, they realize that most of the dignitaries have already been implanted due to bizarre behavior and Duncan being appointed director of the Royal Mint by the British Prime Minister (upon accepting this, Duncan cruelly states to Josephine that he is leaving her). They explain the truth to the other students, who are performing for the guests, and urge them to keep the world leaders from attending the G7 summit. They later proceed to do so with an impromptu but rousing performance of War, accompanied by dancing and clapping from the assembled dignitaries and Queen Elizabeth herself, whilst Cody, Emily and Derek search for the villains. Derek is implanted with the microchip, and is set on Cody by Santiago. Before Santiago can kill him through Derek, Emily finds and subdues him, disabling the mind control software and rescuing the U.S. President, who was to be implanted.

Shortly after Cody kicks out Derek's microchip, the two of them remove the CIA director's microchip. Diaz, realising that his plan has failed attempts to flee, but ends up fighting, and being defeated by Cody in the Queen's gift room, destroying numerous priceless artifacts in the process. Duncan also attempts to escape, but is tripped by his apparently senile and blind butler, who turns out to be Emily's handler and is arrested, much to Lady Kenworth's delight.

After the villains are arrested, Cody returns to the camp, where Derek is now in charge as reward. Cody's parents pick him up, none the wiser about his dangerous exploits. Alex, Cody's younger brother tries to eat a few of his explosive Mentos, but Cody tosses them into the pond where they explode harmlessly.

Cast[edit]

Film locations[edit]

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London filmed in London and Cobham Hall in Kent where the Gilt Room doubled as the Queen's gift room at Buckingham Palace as Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) fights Victor Diaz (Keith Allen) in a room full of treasures.[2]

Music[edit]

Reception[edit]

Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 13% "Rotten" rating from 94 critics, commenting that "Young kids may find this London adventure fun, but older kids may find it too simplistic."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2003)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Article". 
  3. ^ "Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved February 5, 2017. 

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