Topic: Bond's Childhood
After seeing Skyfall again this week, I've come to consider the idea that - according to the history of Bond's childhood as it is written in the film, Kincaid was introduced as a surrogate father.
Based on Fleming's bio of Bond, his father was a rep for an armourments firm.
It could be said that this would mean he was abroad for a lot of the time leaving him only with his mother and Kincaid (and probably one or two housekeepers and even a nanny). I think Fleming imagined him brought up as he was (minus any siblings).
This would mean Kincaid may have been the main male influence most of the time at Skyfall. He would have helped Bond learn to shoot and hunt as well as how to survive out on the moor - something that would have bolstered Bond's independence and helped to mature him early as well as given him skills that would help him as an adult agent.
With his parents death, Bond would have turned to Kincaid for the emotional support he needed and Kincaid would have helped him get past this trauma and encouraged him to leave Skyfall. Having his aunt step gave him a new surrogate mother to help him through his young adult years and school.
Creating Kincaid was, I believe, a logical choice for the film and for helping to understand how the young Bond became the adult 007. Now I wonder if they would ever resurrect his aunt for a light scene in a future film. It's an interesting idea. Who would play her? Someone like Maggie Smith?