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: