Everyone is pointing fingers at SP for having a poor finale, but if you look back, haven't so many of the movies have ended really anticlimactically?
FYEO is well-liked by hardcore fans, but the fight at the monastery is really very uninspired.
I love TLD, but even I have to admit that no one is calling the fight with Whitaker 'the best action scene ever'.
Other examples I bring up might be more controversial. FRWL. The climax is really the fight with Grant, and everything after that is just there for action's sake, though I still liked it. Rosa Klebb's death is an incredible letdown however. I actually felt cheated when I saw it.
TB and OHMSS - final fights are really, really, really poorly edited. As in worse than the bulk of QOS.
TSWLM ends on a low-key note. Hamlisch seems to have not been told about the crucial last ten minutes or so of the film. Result is a mostly silent final confrontation where Bond kills off Stromberg by - gasp - shooting him four times, then has another clunky fight with Jaws. The collapse of Atlantis is supposed to be climactic but there's no tension at all since he's already killed the villain and ended his plan.
TWINE's submarine ending was interesting, but the fight with Renard is a distinct disappointment considering how much build-up there is around him.
All but one of Daniel Craig's films end anticlimactically. CR has the sinking Venice building which is a far cry from the two other big action sequences (Madagascar Chase and Miami Chase). QOS's final sequence is over too quickly. SF's is the only one that isn't anticlimactic, but it niggles at the back of the mind as a Home Alone sequence. Then SP.
I have a feeling that this is really because EON doesn't know how to structure films correctly. They have their best action sequences in the PTS, and set unrealistically high expectations for the rest of the film. They simply spend all their money in the first half and leave none for the second. Like how the helicopter fight opened SP and the boat 'chase' ended it.
Does anyone else agree or am I just being crazy?