I think it warrants its own thread as it's really a short story akin to Pearson's 1973 Bond bio novel.
Here's the companion Q&A
Unfortunately Boyd misses an opportunity to have Bond utter his famous philosophy: "I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time."
I had to cringe when Bond says that he most admires M because he - M - knows Bond better than Bond knows himself. Ugh. Can't imagine Bond every saying that, let alone thinking it.
Also can't believe Bond's favorite perfume is that which his mother wore... Creepy, that.