Goldeneye (How come this one is so much better than Die Another Day?)
What's most compelling about your question is that you're asking it having seen Die Another Day first
. I'd be surprised if anyone else on this forum saw those two films in that order. I think it indicates that there's a lot more going on than just Brosnan getting stale in later films. There are some things that simply do not work with that final film. Enough of them to make the experience disappointing for both a first-time Brosnan viewer and a Brosnan aficionado.
Really breaking it down feels like a 10 hour project for another day though.
M:I-2 has nothing to apologize for, imo.
Neither does Quantum of Solace...
I am so glad you said that! In spite of my theater experience with it leaving me disappointed, that was many years ago now, and Skyfall didn't exist. All I saw was the trajectory of the franchise, and it felt like it went off a cliff. But in retrospect I think much of my disappointment had to do with my sky high expectations after Casino Royale. And then after QoS my expectations were so low that Skyfall easily exceeded them and I enjoyed it.
I think a rewatch will go a long way to flattening that chart out. Also, after seeing Skyfall and feeling like the franchise is back on track, I have tremendous "good will" towards QoS. You know what I mean? Sometimes you go into a film and it's hard not to be skeptical. That won't be a problem for me with QoS. I want to see the goodness.