I agree. The two action scenes in the beggining were way too long. Especially the first one which was over the top and to be frank silly. Bond might be a bit of a hot head. But he isn't stupid and that scene made him look just dumb, such as jumping in a bulldozer, shooting the terrorist in cold blood and without provoation when he told Carter he needed him alive. It was something more given to Bruce Willis' John McLane than Bond. I hope they do better with the next film.
Completely agreed on the action sequences in CR. IMO, they were awful, and amongst the worst in the franchise. Also, as you say, Bond's actions in the free-running sequence don't make very much sense. And, in real life, he would have been fired and then probably prosecuted (especially since he was caught on film doing it) without even the slightest hesitation for storming into an embassy like that, yet he's allowed to continue in the employment of MI6 and then allowed to go out on an extremely important mission that probably should have been handled by another 00 agent.
Ah, but Bond's the best player in the service. Bond was
in serious danger of getting not only fired, but disavowed. M said so herself in her flat. She also remarked in the Bahamas that she wished she hadn't had to send him to Montenegro.
But then we'd have had no movie, would we?
I can't fathom how CR's early action sequences are "among the worst in the franchise". I suppose you must mean in terms of plot relevance or pacing, because the scenes themselves are widely acclaimed as the most impressive action work done in Bond films in decades (at least by nearly every fan and critic I've
heard, but maybe I'm out of touch). Vic Armstrong's work didn't hold a candle to it, IMO.
And regarding shooting the bomber "in cold blood" (I believe the man had
tried to kill him not ten minutes earlier), he was painted into a corner, so to speak. No way out but to cause a diversion, and he impulsively chose to rid the world of one bomb maker. And it was clearly a dumb move. They obviously wanted to show that Bond didn't always think rationally. Perhaps you think they went about that in a severely flawed way, but there it is. There was no way they were gonna please everybody.
Better luck next time in QOS.