Wes Anderson Would Like to Make a Charming Bond Film Called Mission: Deferred
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Wes Anderson Would Like to Make a Charming Bond Film Called 'Mission: Deferred'

By Cindy Davis | Videos | February 26, 2014 | Comments ()


Wes Anderson can be a divisive director around these parts, so I’ll just state up front that I love most things he does—especially Moonrise Kingdom and The Darjeeling Limited—and I’m practically frothing at the mouth to see The Grand Budapest Hotel. (Haters, please feel free to back out, and gently close the door behind you.) Anderson, along with Ralph Fiennes, recently did this TimesTalks video interview (below), wherein Anderson confessed he’s always longed to do a Bond film:

Anderson, talking about doing his own movies: “It’s not like I get all these offers. They go to Sam Mendes; they didn’t go to me.

David Carr: “So when they got Ralph to do that Bond movie, they didn’t call you?”

Anderson: No, uh, I never got that call.”

Carr: “I’d like to see your Bond movie.”

Anderson: “I have one. Do you want to hear my Bond movie? I had this Bond movie—you know, this is probably part of the thing—I had this one I wanted to do called ‘Mission: Deferred.’ This was a few years ago. James Bond. The cold war is over, and there’s no gig. He goes in to see M, and M is on the phone, he’s walking around the office and finally says—Anderson makes a lot of hand motions as Bond gesturing for M to call him—and I kind of thought, you know, the gadgetry is…like he has a great coffee machine…so I never got the call.”

Now listen, I love Bond for Bond, but I’d still watch the shit out of that.

Anderson and Fiennes also discuss the making of Grand Budapest in depth, including inspiration, costumes and how the film is “more book than movie.” Anderson addresses his films’ Wes Anderson-ness and jokingly mentions, “It’s been rare for me over the years to have a movie that has a… um, plot,” he said to laughs from the audience. “Things happen.” Here’s the interview:

And two delightful new TV spots from The Grand Budapest Hotel:

p.s. I’ll always love you too, Fiennes:


Cindy Davis, (Twitter) is wearing a fur coat and smoking a very thin cigarette…in her mind.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Slim

    Finally... a Bond movie for me.

  • Jezzer

    I don't know why they had to have an in-depth video explaining the filming process for Grand Budapest: "I filmed a bunch of characters who are all at different points of the autism spectrum making awkward conversation. Then I farted a nostalgic soundtrack all over it."

  • anikitty

    I concur with your assessment and yet I still enjoy his movies.

  • Batesian

    My main issue with Anderson is that he often uses dogs as victims in his movies.

  • Amsterdamdave

    Oh damn, I never thought about that. The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom.. also in The Fantastic Mr. Fox? I can't remember. Other movies?
    I hope that nothing happens to interbellum dogs in The Grand Budapest Hotel :-(

  • Robert Sanchez III

    I think it would be interesting just for the way he shoots things to then have some really serious action scenes and an Archer-ish sense of humor to the drinking and fucking that normally happens.

  • He'd probably cast Michael Cera or Ben Stiller or some other similar gomer as James Bond. It'd be the first time in franchise history the villain was awkwardly stammered to death.

  • Bert_McGurt

    No no, he'd cast Jeff Goldblum.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Well, Bond must be British--so High Grant.

  • BWeaves

    High Grant? That's the most delightful typo. Please tell me you did it on purpose.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I did not. Typed it on my Kindle. I don't really like typing on my Kindle. (not least of which because it tends to crash when I scroll through the comments section here. Is Amazon judging us?)

  • Jezzer

    That made me want to beat His Royal Tweeness to death with his own leg. Also, is he in the pupal stage of his transformation into Johnny Depp's version of Willy Wonka?

  • I put in that close the door behind you comment just for you.

  • rose maryawn

    my Aunty Sienna recently got a year old
    Jaguar only from working off a home computer... Recommended Reading B­u­z­z­3­2­.­ℂ­o­m

  • foolsage

    What we generally refer to as a "black panther" is actually most often a black jaguar or leopard.

    I'm still not sure what you're trying to say about T'Challa here though.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Dude, wild cats belong in the jungle, not in your silly aunty's backyard. I bet she doesn't even have toys for him.

  • Mrs. Julien

    An eccentric aunt with a wild cat in the friscalating dusklight of her backyard sounds like a Wes Anderson film. Well-played spambot.

  • Jezzer

    Because he has really stupid hair and kind of a man-child thing going. :3

  • He still makes a groovy film.

  • Jezzer


  • Bitter, table for one?

  • BlackRabbit

    Come on, you have to admit that suit is pretty ugly. And I don't quite understand that Bond idea. Can you re-explain it to me?

    Edit: I re-watched the interview. I still don't get it. *shrug* I should note here that I've yet to watch any of his films except The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which I didn't like simply because the animation of it creeped me out somehow and nothing against the film itself.

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