The PTS would’ve been more low key, but I think it would’ve worked rather well. Especially if they added the deleted scene of Renard meeting the Cigar Girl, and then cut to the titles. That would’ve been ominous.
Anyway, here’s my positives:
The Q boat. I love this thing, it’s one of my favorite Bond vehicles. Perhaps because it’s something wholly original. It’s not a modified Glastron or anything. It’s custom made and exclusive to MI6.
The song is underrated. I like the melancholy vibe it has.
The Bond/Warmflash sequence brings Thunderball to mind, which I find rather fun, even though it wouldn’t be deemed appropriate these days.
The final appearance of Desmond Llewelyn has to mean something.
Brosnan’s Bond got to ski, even if the chase itself wasn’t that great.
The return of Valentin gave the Brosnan era more continuity, especially after Jack Wade appeared in Tomorrow Never Dies.
Shooting Davidov from inside the boot. Small scene but pure Brosnan. A smirk, a kick in the face and then two gunshots to the chest.
The pipeline sequence was well done in my opinion. It had a degree of tension and ingenuity. I prefer this to Diamonds Are Forever’s equivalent.
I can appreciate them giving us Brosnan’s version of the CR torture sequence. However the real standout sequence is “I never miss”.
So, yeah. I don’t hate the film, but I don’t watch it that often. I do have somewhat nostalgic feelings though considering I saw the film as a 10 year old and played the video game religiously.