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Full Name: Walter Beckett and Lance Sterling
Series Name: Spies In Disguise
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA & HTUV
Occupation Agent

Creator: Lucas Martell
Time Span: 2009 - 2019


Lance Sterling is an agent with H.T.U.V. Walter Beckett is a gadget guru for the same organization.

That acronym stands for "Honor, Trust, Unity, Valor. That pretty well describes why its employees uses the acronym. Except when they refer to it simply as the Agency, not to be confused with the CIA whose operatives also use that term. Unlike the latter governmental department which is housed in Langley, Virginia, the H.T.U.V. Agency is located in D.C. itself; beneath the famous reflecting pool that runs between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

Under that impressive receptacle of water is an even more impressive headquarters. "Stainless steel blended with touchscreen walls that monitor everywhere in the world. Nothing went unnoticed by the Agency. Even the walls had eyes." The Agency is run by Joy Jenkins, an often stern looking woman likely in her late 50s with short silver hair and rectangle-shaped eye glasses perpetually perched at the end of her nose to allow her to stare over them with her glare. She is not nicknamed 'Joyless' for nothing.

Lance Sterling is one of her operatives and likely her best and most favored one. She cares a good about him but that does not slow her down sending him into danger around the world. There is no doubt in anyone's mind at H.T.U.V. that Sterling is an awesome operative and just by looking at him you would know he was secret agent material. He is a tall slender man whose frame hides how strong and agile he always is. He is a black man with thick deep black eyebrows. He consistently dresses in a black tuxedo, tailored to fit his body perfectly.

He is also a pigeon. Okay, he is not really a pigeon per se but when a very nasty nemesis uses really cool technology to make himself look just like Sterling and then steals stuff from H.T.U.V. making sure the cameras all see him doing so, thus making everyone think Sterling did it. That put an arrest warrent out on Sterling and that made Sterling have to go into hiding and that took Sterling to Walter Bennett who did not want to give Sterling the concoction in the beaker but things happen and Sterling drank it and ... Sterling is now a pigeon. A pretty one, IMHO. Blue head feathers with grey feathers over the rest of him.  And with thick deep black eyebrows.

Bennett is a 20-year-old gangly nerd who is employed by H.T.U.V. as a gadget man. He is very, very good at it - except... none of the field agents want to use his stuff. They are inventive and pretty impressive and they work really well. It is just that his weapons are all, well, nonlethal. Bennett, who never knew his dad, lost his police officer mother when he was 10; she was shot and killed and since then Bennett hates guns. His weapons have cool ways of stopping the bad guys but the agents like their guns so ...

When Sterling has that imposter problem and has to lam it, he has no one else to turn to except Bennett and once he drinks that formula and goes all little pigeon-y, well, his need for Bennett just grows and grows.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2019
Last Appearance:2019

1 Spies in Disguise: The Junior Novel Spies in Disguise: The Junior Novel
Written by Lucas Martell, Alexandra West
Copyright: 2019

"Spies in Disguise: The Junior Novel retells the exciting, hilarious movie and features a full-color section with action-packed art! 
Super spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett are almost exact opposites.
Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is... not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. 
But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way. And if this odd couple can't learn to work as a team, the whole world is in peril."
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2 Spies in Disguise: Meet The Spies Spies in Disguise: Meet The Spies
Written by Alexandra West
Copyright: 2019

"Meet the heroes, villains, and all the exciting characters in between in this Level One I Can Read, perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences."

3 Spies in Disguise: Lance Saves The World Spies in Disguise: Lance Saves The World
Written by Alexandra West
Copyright: 2019

"Let pigeon Lance show you around his world in this hilarious Level Two I Can Read, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help."


Number of Movies:2
First Appearance:2009
Last Appearance:2019

1 Pigeon: Impossible Pigeon: Impossible
Director: Lucas Martell
Writers: Lucas Martell, Austen Menges, Scott Rice
Released: 2009

"The tale of Walter, a rookie secret agent faced with a problem seldom covered in basic training: what to do when a curious pigeon gets trapped inside your multi-million dollar, government-issued nuclear briefcase."
Note: this is an animated short, lasting about 10 minutes. The fellow does not look at all like the Walter Bennett from the main adventure and it would be easy to conclude they were totally different people and they might in fact be so. But he carries an ID warrant card showing he is in fact named Walter Bennett. Of course, that card also claims he works for the CIA. So. Same Bennett?
Who's to say. After all, the subject for this series is Spies in Disguise.

2 Spies In Disguise Spies In Disguise
Directors: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane
Writers: Lucas Martell, Cindy Davis, Brad Copeland
Actors: Will Smith as Lance, Tom Holland as Walter
Released: 2019

"When the world's best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world."


Number of Games:1
First Appearance:2019
Last Appearance:2019

1 Agents On The Run Agents On The Run
Game Type: video game
Published by: Blue Sky
Copyright: 2019

Developed by Denali Games LLC.
"Play the top-ranked runner game based on the hit animated film Spies in Disguise!
MISSIONS MODE or ENDLESS RUN: Either way you’ll be running, dodging, jumping and sliding over obstacles to complete your objective and earn rewards.

EXCITING SPY GADGETS like Walter Beckett’s Coin Sucker 3000, Lance Sterling’s Wing Suit, Marcy Kappel’s Flame Umbrella deliver super-fly, super-spy action.
PIGEONS! PIGEONS! PIGEONS! Get help from faithful favorite pigeon teammates like Lovey, Crazy Eyes and more.
PLAY AS MEMORABLE CHARACTERS FROM THE HIT FILM Spies in Disguise; Lance Sterling, Walter Beckett, Marcy Kappel and Eyes."


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2019
Last Appearance:2019

1 Spies in Disguise: Gadgets, Gizmos, and Gear Spies in Disguise: Gadgets, Gizmos, and Gear
Written by Assorted
Copyright: 2019

"Explore the tech world of Spies in Disguise in this action-packed storybook featuring unique gadgets and devices that only Walter could invent. Little spies will also love the sheet of stickers!"

2 The Art of Spies in Disguise The Art of Spies in Disguise
Written by Assorted
Copyright: 2019

"In this coffee table hardback, uncover the concept designs, character sketches, storyboards, and production art, alongside insight from the artists, filmmakers, and directors for this animated buddy comedy set in the high-octane globe-trotting world of international espionage."


Is this really a series? It obviously is about spies so in that regard it definitely fits but this compendium is devoted to 'series' and with one main story and one prequel which may or may not be about the same Walter Bennett, is it a true series?

Don't know. Don't care. 

This is a terrific, awesome, highly enjoyable romp. It is worth every minute watching and even for an old fellow like me, the novelization intended for young readers is a hoot. And the amount of intel out there on this pair of guys is impressive. There is even, as of this writing, a fan-based wiki. We are talking cool!!!


My Grade: B+


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