MI6.co reports that Tobias Menzies will not return to Bond 22 to reprise the role of M’s assistant Villiers.
The news comes directly from Menzies, who says
Sad news for all Villiers fans, he is no more! Casino Royale was his first and last stand. May he rest in peace.
I think this is a shame. I didn’t like or dislike Villiers; it wasn’t much of a role, but establishing the reality of Bond’s life means establishing a cast of characters. MI6 should be a real location with real employees. That’s why fans loved Robinson and Tanner, and why Moneypenny is important. That sort of continuity is much more meaningful than whether a movie directly references or follows a previous movie.