In continuation of the topic at hand, I must mention that we also lost Remington Steele and James Bond some time ago as well. That was a shame, a real shame.
After Steele ended and Bond went blonde, there were no more stylish pro- or antagonists. Sure, you might think of the guy in Mentalist, but even he isn’t quite the pickle. Nowadays the men with ‘charm’ are similar to the cops in Hawaii Five-O, or basically blonde-Bond. But the depth of those characters is gone.
People don’t ‘get’ the characters so well. We don’t need shallow everyday Americans, we need real characters. People that are more than the average Joe or chav. We need something different. We need something exceptional, something really special.
Also, why did they kill the Bond charm anyways? I understand they got an actor that does not fit the old role well but was it really easier to kill the real Bond and create a new persona than to switch the actor?
And if you still believe that this Bond is supposed to be the same Bond that Brosnan, Connery, Lazenby, Dalton et alii portrayed, think again. The current M was basically an accountant that got promoted during Bond’s good times. Now it is Bond’s beginning and she is already the boss. Time travel or a new character? A new character. Not to mention the absence of Q, who would be a vital ally for any top-notch classy spy (not that Bond was ever doing much espionage except when pumping for information, he has always been more of a hands-on guy, meaning assassinations and sabotage).
Though I must admit, Casino Royale explains it quite well. Universal Exports needed to keep the legend alive. Everyone knows that James Bond is very adept and foiling evil-doers’ plans. So to avoid a crimewave by evil masterminds after Bond’s retirement or death, they created a new James Bond. Then again, that movie also had all this in it:
Though let’s be honest, Woody Allen was not James Bond, he was Jimmy Bond, James’s relative.