Why not use Fleming ? Don't read if you're still avoiding spoilers
Ok, so we know how it ends, but why kill Bond off ? I'm not disputing the neat arc it gives Craig's five film era and the obvious talking points it raises, and NTTD will forever be remembered by most punters as "the one where OO7 dies" in the same way OHMSS is "the one where OO7 gets married." So, given the little nods [and they are little] to YOLT which the writers insert at the climax, I find it surprising they didn't utilise Fleming's ending to that novel, allowing Bond an escape route. Okay, so we have the Madeleine-Mathilde storyline and that DNA stuff gets in the way, but, hypothetically, we could have had Bond escaping by the skin of his teeth and being washed onto a Russian coast, mutilated, PTSD, memory loss, all ready to be captured, interrogated, brainwashed, etc. They could even plastic surgery his face. I agree the DNA thing's a bit tricky - I'm not a scientific expert and I didn't fully understand how it was transmitted - through sweat? blood? breath? all three and more? how microscopically tiny are these nanobots? I always though nanobots were a programable digital phenomena; perhaps someone can enlighten me further.
Back on track: let's be honest, Bond rarely ever meets his past loves anyway and Madeleine seems quite happy with her daughter in Italy [bit odd that, you'd think she'd be in Norway] although the possibility they may be infected by the thousandth-hand is possible. I suppose I'm really just searching for an elusive way out to prevent the obvious reboot. I'm not averse to a reboot either, I just think there might have been and potentially be a better way ahead which utilises Fleming's writing more; e.g. the intro chapters to TMWTGG.
Perhaps, taking the film as a whole, and taking YOLT as a whole:
Some years after SP, Blofeld escapes from prison, Madeleine is killed in Matera. Bond returns to the fold, rejuvenated by a desire for revenge. But he's out of shape. We know he likes a drink and wallowing in his own sorrow. Heracles becomes Magic 88, a plant based virus. M sends Bond to Cuba to attempt to infiltrate the new deadly Spectre, perhaps with Safin as a top enemy agent. We meet Paloma - an expanded role - the action moves to Japan and the island, cue infiltration of Blofeld's lair and the Garden of Death. Cue the cruise missiles. Paloma escapes by sea plane, Bond is battling Blofeld as the missiles hit. As we run the credits, a body is seen twitching on a beach-head and is picked up by the Russian navy...
Am I only being disappointed... ???