The cinematic Bond and the literary Bond have always been quite different. I suppose Dalton was the closest to the literary Bond though.
I find it odd that so many people (not just here) praise Craig's Bond for bringing the character "back to his roots" and/or being very close to Fleming's Bond...when he really isn't. In reality, he's really the most "out-there" Bond of all the official actors. I do like Craig as Bond, but more traditional elements need to be involved in a modern way instead of just leaving them out for the sake of it.
I couldn't agree more with your comments. It's fine that people like Craig, but recognize that he is, as you put it, an "out-there" Bond. His Bond is a different character that isn't that comparable to the "literary" and "cinematic" Bonds.
I wouldn't say Craig's Bond isn't comparable or a "different character" all together. There are certainly some classic Bond (literary and/or cinematic) traits present. It's just there aren't enough traditonal elements surrounding him.
Bond theme? Q Branch? Moneypenny? Interesting gadgets? All these things could be incorporated in a subtle and modern way w/o compromising the Craig era's gritty direction. As much as I enjoy QoS (yes..I really do), it's a pretty generic modern action movie with only sprinkles of Bond thrown in.