Derek Smithers
Derek Smithers is a protagonist who has appeared in all of the novels, as well as in the film adaption. He creates the various gadgets for MI6 agents, a role similar to that of Q's in the James Bond films. It is often implied that Smithers is Alex's only genuine friend at MI6; in Eagle Strike, when Alex attempted to convince MI6 to investigate Damian Cray, he was ignored by Blunt and Mrs. Jones, but Smithers nevertheless supplied him with a high-tech bicycle that played a crucial role in Alex's investigations, and in Ark Angel Smithers took time out from his holiday to provide Alex with new gadgets when the CIA requested Alex's assistance in investigating the father of a new friend.

He has often stated that he enjoys having Alex around because he finds it a greater challenge to come up with gadgets for teenagers, as well as the final results inevitably being more "fun" than his products for MI6's adult agents. He often tries to give Alex some sort of weapon; although MI6 will not allow an actual gun, he has secretly provided Alex with little extras such as an exploding earstud, explosive geligemite ink pens, and a book with a knock-out dart in it.

Smithers is described as balding, morbidly obese, and very jovial. He often expresses dislike for other intelligence agencies, such as the CIA, ASIS, and even MI5.

In the film Stormbreaker, Smithers was portrayed by Stephen Fry. Notably in the film he doesn't appear to be at all overweight, much less obese than he is in the books. He has a somewhat stern, almost gruff, demeanor in the film, as opposed to his joviality in the novels. Fry, when interviewed for the special features of the Stormbreaker DVD release, actually says that he portrays the character as annoyed that he has to make gadgets for a fourteen-year-old, saying that Smithers would feel that his self-esteem was at risk. This is a clear contradiction to the portrayal in the books, in which he enjoys the challenge of making gadgets for a teenager.

Revealed in Scorpia Rising, Smithers is actually a thin, wiry man, who wears a fat suit. He also sounds Irish. This is the "dark, dark, secret" described about him by Anthony Horowitz.
Other Results: 1 Challenges, 1 Series
Rated: Restricted - no under 16s
Summary: Alex thinks he's done with espionage, but SCORPIA thinks otherwise. They target Alex and drag others in too. Now he's going to train with the SAS for his 'protection' so needless to say things look rough. Oh, and his class is coming too.
Categories: Action/Adventure, Angst, Friendship, Humour
Characters: Alan Blunt, Fox (Ben Daniels), Tom Harris, Tulip Jones, Alex Rider, Derek Smithers, Jack Starbright, Wolf
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 9 [Table of Contents]
Completed: No • Words: 49959 • Views: 1753
[Report This] Published: 08/06/2009 Updated: 21/11/2009
Rated: Not suitable for young children
Summary: Alex is being reassigned because Mrs. Jones thinks he needs to be taught a lesson. Will he be able to train a class full of teenagers to become his successors, or will he manage to kill himself first?
Categories: Friendship, Angst, Action/Adventure
Characters: Tulip Jones, Original Female character, Original Male Character, Alex Rider, Derek Smithers
Warnings: Violence
Series: The Road Taken
Chapters: 5 [Table of Contents]
Completed: No • Words: 7937 • Views: 777
[Report This] Published: 14/06/2009 Updated: 18/04/2010
Rated: Restricted - no under 16s
Summary: At MI6's insistence Alex goes back to Scorpia once again. He ends up in a situation he never thought he'd find himself in, with people he couldn't trust.
Categories: Action/Adventure, Angst, Slash > Alex/Yassen, *Fests & challenges* > Spy Fest 2011
Characters: Alan Blunt, Alex Rider, Derek Smithers, Jack Starbright, Original Female character, Original Male Character, Tulip Jones, Yassen Gregorovich, Zeljan Kurst
Warnings: AU, SPOILERS for Scorpia Rising, Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Completed: Yes • Words: 19612 • Views: 228
[Report This] Published: 26/09/2011 Updated: 26/09/2011
Rated: Not suitable for young children
Summary: Going into deep cover can be a blessing or a curse. Do it right and you're on the fast track to the top. Screw it up and you're dead. John Rider doesn't want to take that chance, but it doesn't look like he has a choice.
Categories: Mission, Friendship, Action/Adventure, Romance
Characters: Ash (Anthony Sean Howell), John Crawley, Yassen Gregorovich, Helen Rider, Ian Rider, John Rider, Julia Rothman, Derek Smithers
Warnings: Violence
Series: None
Chapters: 3 [Table of Contents]
Completed: No • Words: 5990 • Views: 214
[Report This] Published: 19/06/2009 Updated: 28/08/2010