However the pre-credits in TND I'll give you is one of the best of the series. There was a purpose for it and an impending doom that needed escaping.
I just want to say that I really appreciate the tone of this discussion. It's all been pretty good natured rather than the usual Intarwebz fiasco when fans with different opinions mix like raw sodium and water.
So, kudos to everyone who's been in on this. I might not agree with your position, but I agree with how you've presented it!
Bond's old gadgets used to be a much easier sell.
They traditionally occupied a tech-gap somewhere between "not yet invented" and "obviously impossible". But that gap has gotten radically smaller than it was 40-50 years ago. The audience has grown up with more real gadgets. And they understand much more about what is possible or not.
Lazenby only wanted to do the single Bond movie. He eventually came to regret that decision because everybody assumed it was the studio's choice to replace him so fast.
Moore might have been able to play Bond rougher than the movies they gave him, but I don't see him pulling off anything near a TD or DC level of roughness. I think the basic complaints about RM playing the role are valid even if the movies he got were an equally big factor in it.
Look at DC. He comes off like a working-class pub brawler uncomfortably stuffed into the Bond role. His movies are emphasizing that tone, for better and worse. The movies & actors tend feed off each other and lean towards a certain tone.
Ok, that's a first... :lol
Who killed bond? The writers collectively known as Dr No-talent.