It does seem an odd thing to have generated such ire.
It's all fictional.
I think it stems from people being fixated by continuity. Continuity in the Bond-verse is like religion. If you suggest to some people there is no genuine logical continuity you're greeted with, 'If I want to believe it, I will believe it!' Reminds me very much of God botherers. Once you accept that searching for continuity is a mugs game, the crippling weight of it will evaporate.
Tongue firmly in cheek.
I think that the need for continuity is a modern thing. Before the age of VHS and DVDs it wasn't as easy as it is today to scrutinize the Bond films and notice contradictions. Today you can have a Bond marathon in your living room and see the films (or at least the 20 first ones) as one long story (and then watch Craig's three plus SPECTRE as another not-as-long story). It's not that different to binge watching Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad.
Add to that the trend of the last two decades where film series and franchises focus much more on continuity between each installment. One of the first ones to do this I believe was The Lord of The Rings. How much would one understand of The Two Towers without watching The Fellowship of The Ring first?
Think of earlier franchises; all the Burton/Schumacher Batman film were pretty much stand alone adventures. The same goes for the Rambo films, Die Hard etc. Even The Godfather films work on their own. But during the 2000s that kind of changed. LOTR, The Dark Knight trilogy, Harry Potter and subsequent young adult films. Almost all of these needs to be seen in chronological order for one to understand each individual film. My ex-girlfriend loved Guardians of The Galaxy, so I showed her The Avengers. She didn't get it without watching the previous Marvel films about Thor, Capt. America and the guys. So we live in an age where continuity in film franchises is taken for granted and filmmakers actually demand from audience that they've seen the previous films. And this has rubbed of on the Craig era of Bond films.
I for one love continuity in Bond. Giving him a history makes him feel like a real human and makes him easier to identify with. And one of the biggest attractions of the Bond franchise is to be able to identify with Bond. To dream about being him and living his lifestyle. The lifestyle aspect is somehow amplified by a sense of continuity between the films, books, games etc.
EDIT: Star Wars! Star Wars was probably the first one to be so heavily focused on continuity. But that bring's up another interesting point: Star Wars was in part based on the movie serial formula from the 1940s. Short chapters of what was practically a long movie shown each week at the local cinema. Essentially the TV-series of it's time. But Star Wars was quite unique for it's time, I think, with it's focus on continuity. Besides Star Wars other film series didn't really go in for that stuff until the turn of the century, when George Lucas of course released his prequel trilogy.
So... Have we George Lucas to thank for the Craig era?
Edited by Karloff, 23 September 2015 - 05:50 PM.