I thin kwe debated her somewhere before as to whether any of the guys you mentioned Rush were in fact intended to be Q. This is why I don't why they didn't already have a Moneypenny. Just have a women hand a paper to M and walk away, we don't need to know anything fun and cheeky just yet. It just bugs me, as you say Cleese is too funny for the dark of Craig. They could have been laying some of these witty foundations sooner in keeping with some sort of Bondisms instead of being so depressing and dry.
I don't wonder if a lot of this support casting depends on how much longer Judi Dench remains as M? Would she retire after possibly 2 more films with Craig? Should that be a future plotline? Why not Robinson as M?
Any prem talk on what they are doing with the script yet?