So, a Bond film directed by the chap who helmed American Beauty. It would be reasonable for us to expect a different approach, and there certainly is one. Unfortunately, there are way too many contrivances in the plot that are used to bring this about with the end result seeming haphazard and dreary. One minute we are busy in the heart of London and the next we are in the Scottish moors exploring Bond's childhood as part of an insipid climax. There is no build-up at all.
While Javier Bardem makes for a decent villain, his character is paper-thin. As with most movies nowadays, there's a lot of "hacking" going on and some seriously pointless villainy. I really wish that the retards who come up with screenplays such as this one would run the bloody things past me first.
I would rate this a 4 for being such a hodge-podge affair. But +1 for attempting a new angle and +1 for casting Bérénice Marlohe.