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Film / Agent Cody Banks

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Agent Cody Banks is a kids' spy movie starring Frankie Muniz and Hilary Duff. Cody Banks (Muniz) is a junior CIA agent recruited through a secret CIA summer camp. Due to some exaggerated bragging he did at the camp, the agency mistakes Cody for a Kid-anova and assigns him to "seduce" Natalie Connors (Duff), the daughter of a scientist whose nanobots have attracted the attention of an evil organization. What follows is 25% romantic comedy, 25% spy parody, and 50% straight action movie. It also features Angie Harmon as Cody's handler, Ronica Miles, and Keith David as the head of the CIA. A sequel followed in 2004, entitled Agent Cody Banks: Destination London, and it co-starred Hannah Spearritt (of S Club 7 fame) and Anthony Anderson alongside Muniz.

Executive produced by, among others, Madonna and Jason Alexander (yes, that one).


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  • Actor Allusion:
    • The first film stars Frankie Muniz and Hilary Duff. Muniz guest starred earlier on Duff's Disney sitcom Lizzie McGuire as himself. At the end of the episode, Lizzie gets to have a cameo in Muniz's new movie, where he's playing a kid secret agent.
    • It's probably no coincidence that Hannah Spearritt plays a musician when she at that point was most famous for being in S Club 7.
    • Noel Fisher playing a bully, like in Max Keeble's Big Move.
  • And I'm the Queen of Sheba: The students at the Kenworth Academy do this after Cody confesses that he's a secret agent.
  • Bald of Evil: Diaz and Kenworth in Agent Cody Banks: Destination London, despite Diaz’s protests that he’s not bald. Calling him on it seems to be a Berserk Button for him.
  • Body Horror: Brinkman's fate at the end of the first movie, after having an ice cube filled with nanobots shoved into his mouth causing him to be eaten up from the inside.
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  • Britain is Only London: And of course, the climax of the second movie takes place at Buckingham Palace.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In the second movie, after Cody gets the mind-controlling microchip implanted in his mouth, Derek uses his culinary skills (shown in an early scene establishing Derek working undercover as the chef of Kenworth Academy) to get the microchip out of him by cutting one of Cody's gadgets, exploding Mentos mints, into a precisely minuscule amount to safely remove it.
  • Concert Climax: Part of the second movie. The band keeps the dignitaries busy by breaking out into an absolutely awesome rendition of "War" that has everyone dancing.
  • Cultured Badass: Emily in Destination London—classical music expert and super spy.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: In the first movie, the villain threatens to kill Natalie with nanobots inside an ice cube. In the end, she shoves the cube in his mouth and they eat him from the inside out.
  • Fighting Fingerprint: When Cody gets into a fight at Natalie's party, he uses CIA unarmed combat moves which out him as an agent to the bad guys.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: At the beginning of the sequel, Diaz berates Cody for displaying friendliness to a fellow agent-in-training/camper who he previously defeated in an exercise, telling him that no one, Diaz himself included, can be trusted. Not long after, Diaz is revealed to be part of the movie’s Big Bad Duumvirate.
  • Five-Token Band: The students at the Kenworth Academy. Justified because London is pretty ethnically diverse and it's a prestigious music academy, so foreign students would make sense.
  • Lighter and Softer: The sequel Destination London is this, due to it being rated PG and being more family-friendly than its predecessor, which was more aimed at teenagers.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: From Destination London, the seemingly senile butler Jenkins turns out to be a handler and apprehends Kenworth when he tries to escape.
  • Protagonist Title: It's a movie called Agent Cody Banks about an Agent named Cody Banks.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: All the villains in the sequel. Diaz is the most obvious example, but all three of them giggle immaturely at the shenanigans they make Cody and other world leaders partake in at social events once they get mind control devices in.
  • Teen Superspy: The basic premise of the movies.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": The password to undo the mind-control devices in the sequel? Apparently, it’s just “mind control.” Emily doesn’t get it at first when she’s trying to demand the password, then is exasperated when she realizes it.
  • Token Trio: In the sequel, our core three has a white guy, black guy, and white girl—the girl is also British to add some extra diversity.


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