Originally Posted by heinous
i think it's fans' expectations of what every single entity in the lore of james bond is "supposed" to be that ruins the movie for the fans themselves. i went into the theater expecting a good film and nothing more, i walked out pleased.
can you imagine if people complained about dark knight because it wasn't zany like adam west? things change and espeicially now that bond has to become more serious to compete with jason borne. iron man threw the secret identity cliche out the window too. leave all the "supposed"'s at the door and you will enjoy yourselves.
It's not just about expectations, it's about functionality.
Bond movies work because they're escapism in a very literal sense. They're about a man who leaves his home and boss behind and goes on dangerous adventures. The tone of the movies has changed greatly over the years, at various times campy, fantastic, and now gritty, but the purpose
of the movies has always been the same, which is for the audience, usually men, to have an adventure vicariously through Bond. Some variance from what has become the "Bond formula" has been good, but too much of it, like making M some kind of deuteragonist instead of an exposition cipher, was starting to interfere with the core function of the films.