MI6.co has a good wrap up of the current news on Bond 22, which begins filming this week. There’s info on the casting, including villains and Gemma Arterton, locations, and more.
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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.
MI6 has an interesting interview excerpt about the script for Bond 22:
“I just finished the second draft of the Bond movie and was doing the polish when this thing stopped”, Haggis said. “And I don’t want that movie shooting where it says “something happens here.” I’m sure they can figure it out for themselves. It sort of does that at one point. Whatever, I can’t tell you what it is, but it says “something is like that,” and I’m sure they can figure it out for themselves.
Haggis went on to say that he has been contacted by the production during the strike, but would not break picket lines to help out Bond 22. “I get calls from Amy (Pascal), I get calls from Michael (Wilson). They hope this thing resolves. They’re really, really good people.”