Let's get this out of the way: I love the Brosnan era. But honestly, when "Bond Begins" euphoria happened in 2006 people thought we are coming to something new... something unlike we've seen. Yet the first one Casino was great, then reality started to sink in with the next one Quantum of Solace which like Tomorrow Never Dies which is generally regarded as something lesser than the first outing. Then followed Skyfall which eerily was similar to World Is Not Enough in having a more gloomy feel despite being more focal on characters over the previous one (although the previous one could also have that with the revenge factor but that's too common a motive these days).
I post this because i assumed with "Bond Begins" and that first Studio picture of Craig with long slicked back hair, that this felt like literally the 1953 image of a James Bond. If the direction they are going is going along with that classical Fleming approach then that's good, but if they are not doing that and instead going for something that revitalizes these movies for their own and leaving behind the dinosaur era of the past, that they stand on their own, is also accepted i agree and i'm all for that, but as of now it appears neither and is replicating the previous era too closely. I only hope the fourth outing just blows everything out of the water though. Perhaps this is all intentional, and they are EXTREMELY ambitious and the gloomyness of the first three was him coming out of a stupor and the fourth one he will have earned his joy and we'll see something unique. That joy was felt in much of CR btw so here's hoping.