Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London is the sequel to the 2003 film Agent Cody Banks, and was released in the United States on March 12, 2004. Frankie Muniz was the only major returning star, with Hannah Spearritt now playing the love interest and Anthony Anderson as the sidekick. As the title suggests, the location had switched to London with Cody trying to recover a stolen software activating the government's mind control project.
The second film may be the last theatrical release for the fledging series. The US$23 million gross for the sequel was about half of the original, and Muniz has publicly stated that he will not do a third installment.
agent Victor Diaz (Keith Allen
) has stolen a top secret
mind-control device and Agent Cody Banks (Muniz) has to go undercover in London
to get it back. Posing as a student at an elite boarding school
registered in the summer music program to get close to his suspects, Cody has to keep the other kids from discovering his true identity while infiltrating covert hideouts, spying on his sinister target -- and going to class. With new gadgets and a wisecracking new handler named Derek (Anderson), Cody has to retrieve the device before the world's leaders fall under Diaz's control.
Cody's cover is blown and he learns Emily (Spearritt), a member of the orchestra he has a crush on, is actually a British secret agent. In the end Diaz and his accomplice, Lady Kentworth (Anna Chancellor), get Derek and most of the world leaders under control with the help of the director of the CIA, who is under mind control. Cody reveals the truth to the orchestra about his identity and tells them to keep performing to prevent the world leaders from leaving and going to a G7 conference. The orchestra is forced to put on an impromtu performance but is able to hold the crowd there long enough for Cody to stop the bad guys. Derek starts beating Cody up, but Emily saves him and releases him from the mind control. Emily also frees the President while Cody and Derek free the CIA Director. Cody goes one on one against Diaz in the Queen's gift room and defeats him while Kentworth tries to escape and is stopped by his apparently senile butler. Cody, Derek, Emily and the orchestra are thanked for their work and its revealed that the butler was in fact Emily's handler undercover. Cody returns to the secret agent training camp that he was supposed to be at that Diaz used to run and Derek is given control of it as a reward for his work. Cody's parents pick him up at the end of the summer, none the wiser about his adventures. Cody's younger brother tries to eat a few of his explosive Mentos, but Cody tosses them into the pond where they explode harmlessly.
features a variety of new gadgets. Most of them are given to Cody in the secret area in the London Crypt by their insane inventor.
- Mentos - The Mentos featured a "lick n' stick" activation sequence. Once stuck on, they produce a small explosion capable of disabling and destroying locks (and your jaw, if you accidentally eat one).
- The Travel Kit - A kit of travel essentials containing the following gadgets:
- Retainer - Works as a personal listening device with frequency, direction, and volume controlled by the tongue.
- Spy Pen - Switches around to become a grappling hook.
- Yo-yo - Splits in half and has enough strength to open elevator doors. Also includes a suction cup.
- Flashlight/Torch - Diaz's weapon. Extends to become a mobile rocket launcher with an optional crosshair.
- Clarinet - The clarinet is rigged electronically to be able to play pieces of music. It is used so it would seem that Cody could play the clarinet as well as the other prodigies.
- Cody's Watch - The watch has a small color screen and a very small lens capable of recording a video with full sound playback, as well. Emily's sunglasses mimic the function with the information transferred to an mp3 player which is then plugged in to an external source such as a TV for playback.
The novelisation, written by Michael Anthony Steele, based on the screenplay written by Don Rhymer, featured many differences from the movie. Examples:
- The book starts out at the training camp, where Cody is participating in a holographic training simulator where he was fighting people while hanging from a building. In the movie, it starts with a violent game of capture the flag.
- In the climax of the movie, Victor Diaz and Kenworth are arrested. In the novelisation, Kenworth is arrested and Diaz flees from police to a helicopter pad. When he tries to escape, Cody with the help of Emily and Derek, manage to throw an air tank at the helicopter and it explodes as Cody leaps over the edge.