Surprised to come to this thread to find so much nitpicking, as we are after all talking about James Bond, the longest of any franchise, and one that's has always evolved to suit the taste of the day, as seen through the Broccoli's. But most of all one that has many more compromised films then any other.
So let me say this is a very solid James Bond movie, and damn near close to greatness, but as some have pointed out has some minor flaws. But considering DAD came out only 10 years ago we should be a lot more thankful that Mendes mainly integrated the series norms very well, and that only a few brief moments smelled of Purvis and Wade.
As far as how I feel, being a lifelong Bond fan it is no From Russia With Love. That being said neither is Casino Royale, I feel that movie is far too overpraised around these parts, and is maybe only better by a smudge then Campbell's first Bond film. CR needs about 15 min of trims, and someone beside P&W writing the action, to be truly great. That being said I feel Quantum is too harshly judged, yes the editing nearly ruins the whole damn thing, but that opening car chase is on par with Skyfalls, and doesn't have the bad digital face swap either. Olga is a nice change up in Formula, and though Forester and Haggis get a bit too heavy handed with Eco theme, and dufous CIA man, its a far more complete package then even The Living Daylights.
Craig's bond, has always been very personal, and it was nice to see everyone send Dame Judi off not only with a good amount of screen time, but also for the most part a well written part (last act, stupidity not with standing)
I was ready to hate Q, but I like the age reversal from Desmond, and I like that he's not infallible.
I liked the inclusion of the DB5, heck I was alright even with it having machine guns, the ejector seat was bit too much, but it didn't hurt a whole lot.
I dont understand how anyone can have issues with Bardem as he was aces, the being caught was part of the plan is bit well worn, but when well executed such as it was here, I do not see issue with it.
The credits made me like Adeles song, and I thought they where pretty solid, but needed a bit more polish, and one less visual idea.
The second they cast Ralph Fiennnes and Naomi Harris I had no doubt who they where playing, so the ending did not surprise me, and I hope but the caliber they cast, both will be a bit more involved.