I simply see Bond films as a narrative where they can draw from a series of stock imagery/icons/set pieces/characters from the series. Whoever plays M, Q, Moneypenny etc are irrelevant to me provideing they're the stock characters. The DB5 is just part of this pool they can pluck things from to tell a James Bond story.
Which particular boat arrival scene were you referring to? The casino one or the other one? Because the casino one really stood out a WTF? poser moment.
I'd normally agree with you, but Casino Royale (and to a lesser extent, Quantum) was a game changer in that respect. That doesn't mean you can't muck around with or revert back to the old approach, but making such a strident reference to an old film in a way that diametrically opposes the creative decisions made recently and otherwise followed through on seemed crass and jarring. It's subjective, I grant you, but so is enjoying a movie.
Both boat approach scenes. The b-movie kung fu flick approach to Macao, and the yacht coming up to Silva's island. The latter stood out slightly less, but Craig was striking a pose that seemed (to me at least) a bit too much like a perfume advert.
Again, these are details (details...Don't bother me with the details) but they aggregated to such an extent I was actually annoyed when I left the cinema. I almost felt like it was a Bond movie made by people who actually don't like Bond very much.
Christ, I'm beginning to sound like Harry Knowles.