they better cut the “ooooh, we’re so realistic” bullcrap in this one, and bring back the gadgets. James Bond is supposed to be an charismatic intelligent tough spy who uses gadgets and explosions to kill people, and he treats women like objects. Bring back the old Bond, I say.
Firstly, Casino Royale WAS bringing back the old Bond. Go take another look at the pre-Goldfinger films (Dr. No, From Russia With Love). Those films were before the gadgets became so much of Bond. The books were never really like that. Casino Royale was an attempt at bringing back the part of Bond that got lost in later films.
The novel is definitely very sexist also, in a fifties kind of way. That to me is a part of Bond, but also something that doesn’t translate well to modern times.
And even though Bond was “charismatic, intelligent and tough” in the films, I think the Casino Royale film was trying to make true on Ian Fleming’s statement that Bond was never a hero. He was merely a blunt object for the government to manipulate. That’s why he had no trouble with writing the inevitable torture scenes in all his novels.