Maybe this reflects the more contemporary prevalence of technology that we have now entered into. We've come to accept that the next big thing is just around the corner, and our communications tools have become incredibly streamlined in just a few decades. And the average cinema-goer is way more tech savvy than they were even ten years ago, so why not just get on with it?
Like other postmodern films, the film is awash with homages for the true fans to pick up on. A great example is when Bond orders a shaken martini and everyone else at the table orders one as well. For the uninitiated, this little phenomenon reflects a motive behind the character, because shaking a martini dilutes the alcohol and allows a person to appear more drunk than they really are — an asset in a game of poker.
The attempt to develop a Bond with a soft spot underneath is nothing new, but a Bond film where characters experience trauma is. Bond's compassion, sitting under a cold shower with the leading lady, I personally felt a little rushed and dishonest, but at the same time it tried to bring the film one step further away from the cartoonish responses to death and destruction that have characterized previous films.
All up, what you need to remember when watching it is that Martin Campbell is attempting to restyle Bond for new generation. The product is darker cinematography and a certain gritty quality to the characters which makes up for where the writing falls a little short due to somewhat mechanical plotting.