The "fake" or not so fake IMDB reports did hint that Bond was killed in the end. And as I told here, QOS is constructed like CR in reverse, both thematically and scene by scene. When you see the movie, it's obvious, based on Foster comments in the news and the picture I posted, that Mr White shot him, then cut to black. It was as powerful as the ending of CR. I think by deleting this, they lost between 200/300 millions box office takings, because the movie will just, as it is already, be regarded as a glass half full, a regular, Bourne like actioner only it's named James Bond. They have stepped back from the boldest step they could have made, which would have sent not only the fandom, but the general public buzzing for at least 3 years until Bond 23. It's a bad, bad, bad move.
As it is, I don't wait for Bond 23 if it promises to be the same as Bond 22. With that ending, I would have been eagerly awaiting, like we would all have. And at least, some FLEMING would have been it.
Sorry, if I sound like you but... killing Bond off would not have been FLEMING at all. Go read the books before you name something FLEMING.
Also, what would be good about this? What would people "buzz about for at least 3 years until Bond 23"? Killing Bond off at the end would have been a major blunder. A surprise ending without any surprise because... in Bond 23, of course, this killing would have been exposed as a fake or as a not so fatal wounding. Big deal. Where is the twist in that? Totally boring.
Once again, I´m very happy that EON is in control of the franchise and that they don´t let fanboys control them.