Spy Kids was heavily influenced by James Bond. Director Robert Rodriguez says the first film was a "Willy Wonka and James Bond mix" and the second was a "Gilligan's Island and James Bond mix"; by this pattern the third film could be described as a "Video game and James Bond mix." Technology in Spy Kids is almost always portrayed as looking friendly, and a bit cartoonish.
The Spy Kids films are like James Bond, but with twists which are usually humorous. For instance, in the first film, a robot army is built to conquer the world. The twist is the robots are made to look exactly like children under about the age of 15.