Agreed. Casino Royale and the Craig era as a whole is known and loved by its fans for being edgy. The black and white sequence, revising the gun barrel, “do I look like I give a damn?”, etc.
I really like the idea of ending the Craig era with Bond ignorant of who he is, but finding a note that may trigger memories or lead him to answers. I’m talking about an extended epilogue here, kind of like Bond meeting Q and driving off with Madeline in SPECTRE. It wouldn’t be a plot line the film devotes any real length to.
Yes, the story always goes on. But in those brief moments before the credits roll, Vesper, Solange, Mathis, Fields and M…he’s free of that mental burden. He’s a blank canvass that can be moulded by the next actor.
Hell, we can even imagine Craig’s Bond chose to “stay dead” upon remembering his past, just like Mallory said in Skyfall. But we won’t see it. Bond #7 would just walk through the door and start afresh.
Bond 25 can absolutely be an explosive film with sword fights with Blofeld and explosions galore. But an ending such as this would be poignant and make you care for Bond as a character. And I think that’s what one of the main goals of the Craig era has been. But who knows? It’s fun to talk about in any case.