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Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004)

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With all-new gadgets, high-flying action, exciting chases and a wisecracking new handler, Derek (Anthony Anderson), Cody has to retrieve the device before the world's leaders fall under the evil control of a diabolical villain.

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Kevin Allen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Muniz ... Cody Banks
Anthony Anderson ... Derek
Hannah Spearritt ... Emily
Cynthia Stevenson ... Mrs. Banks
Daniel Roebuck ... Mr. Banks
Anna Chancellor ... Jo Kenworth
Keith Allen ... Diaz
James Faulkner ... Kenworth
David Kelly ... Trival
Santiago Segura ... Santiago
Connor Widdows ... Alex Banks
Keith David ... CIA Director
Rod Silvers Rod Silvers ... Kumar
Jack Stanley Jack Stanley ... Ryan
Joshua Brody Joshua Brody ... Bender
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Storyline

One year later, agent Cody Banks is back for another awesome adventure but this time he must track down a former instructor who's gone rogue with a mind-control microchip. Banks masquerades as a musical prodigy to get close to a snobby, egocentric scientist in London who's the only person who can make the microchip work. Along the way Banks hooks up with a demoted agent and a cute-as-a-bug Scotland Yard operative. When Agent Cody Banks heads to England to catch an evil scientist who's stolen a mind-control device for his plot to rule the world and turning the world leaders into zombies! Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Rated PG for action violence and some crude humor | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agent Cody Banks 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Cobham Hall, Kent, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,014,005, 14 March 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,222,861, 18 April 2004
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

According to the DVD commentary, even though the opening camp scene was set near Seattle, Washington it was actually filmed in London. The underground facility beneath the camp was filmed at Canary Wharf Tube Station in London as well. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h) When Diaz is shooting his missiles in the water storage area, the sound of breaking glass can be heard, despite the fact that the bottles are plastic. See more »

Quotes

Cody Banks: Wasn't exactly where I was going, but sure.
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References The Third Man (1949) See more »

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String Quartet No. 1 Movement I Allegro Giocoso
Written and Performed by Mark Thomas
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Boy does this suck!!!
21 March 2004 | by TheEdge-4See all my reviews

I was lucky to get a free preview ticket for this ahead of its official U.K. release. Lucky in that I didn't have to pay to see this film. Because it sucks big time. We are talking hungry anteaters here, people. This film should have been called "Cody Banks Franchise: Destination Oblivion". And this is someone who thoroughly enjoyed the original film. But everything that that film got right, this one manages to get wrong. The great joke in the original film where a teenage secret agent has to get close to a professor's daughter but proves to be completely clueless around women has been junked here and all we are left with is the standard teenage secret agent story. That wouldn't matter so much if we had a great story and great characters but we don't.

Setting it in London would have been a great idea if they had bothered to look beyond the standard cliché English eccentric characters but they don't. This is lazy writing of the highest order (yes, Don Rhymer, I mean you) and throws away every opportunity the setting gives for the story. Why not some cultural misunderstanding between Cody and the English, for instance? Or their disbelief that he is a secret agent. I know this isn't supposed to be taken seriously but this could have been a lot funnier than it is. Instead we get the typical English eccentrics so beloved of Hollywood.

Still, I must confess that the revelation during the concert at Buckingham Palace at the film's finale that Tony Blair is under mind control from an evil mastermind did make me laugh, even though it takes the film dangerously close to realism, something that doesn't occur again throughout the rest of the film (the Blair look-a-like (and sound-a-like) is great though - give that man a medal. For a minute, I was thinking it was the real thing. After his appearance in "The Simpsons", I was beginning to think that maybe Blair was starting to line up a new career for himself for when he gets kicked out of Downing Street).

And if I say that the only person not to disgrace themselves in this film is Hannah Spearritt, then you may some clue about how bad the performances are. Paul Kaye (a.k.a. Dennis Pennis) gives a career-truncating performance as an eccentric Q-type character while Anna Chancellor gets stuck with another posh English woman role after her turn in "What a Girl Wants" (What has this poor woman done to upset her agent? That's what I want to know), Anthony Anderson manages to make his previous performance in "Kangaroo Jack" look a masterpiece of subtlety by comparison and David Kelly is embarrassing as an eccentric butler (a shame as he's usually quite good, as anyone who's seen "Waking Ned" will testify). As for Hannah Spearritt, she makes an appealing easy on-the-eye replacement for Hilary Duff and isn't half bad as the flautist/covert agent, especially given the paucity of the material she was to work with. Given a decent script, she might find herself a career outside of S-Club 7 but after this and the S-Club 7 movie "Seeing Double", like Anna Chancellor, she needs to get herself a new agent first (perhaps she shares the same one as Anna Chancellor). To think this travesty was directed by an Englishman (Kevin Allen) defies belief (what was he thinking of? The pay cheque?). Avoid (like the plague), I beg you!!!


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