I was wondering about this. Regardless of your personal opinions (I loved SP but I'm not going to pretend that it'll be thought of as a masterpiece in a few years, it's extremely divisive now), do you think that if Craig is gone, his era will hold up in the eyes of future viewing audiences.
Brosnan was a very popular Bond at the time, saw a lot of "best since Connery" comments, and even though the reviews got worse his films still seemed to remain pretty popular with audiences, but then after CR came out there seemed to be a turn around in public opinion. Could the same happen to DC? I feel like Spectre's reception may have tainted his era as a whole. When Skyfall came out, his run was generally held in extremely high regard. Quantum was just seen as a minor blip, a slight misstep before they got back on course. But now he's 2 for 2 in terms of how well received his films were. QoS is generally thought of as one of the worst, even Skyfall (as praised as it was on release) has developed its fair share of vocal detractors, and Spectre was much too divisive to really be seen as a success in terms of reception.
And I'm not just talking about the critics either. Spectre seems to have attracted a lot of harsh criticism from viewers particularly online, and it's not just the film itself, a lot of people also seem to think that Craig was sleepwalking his way through the film (I didn't think he seemed bored at all, but it's been bought up enough times for it to be notable imo). His comments to the media, meant as jokes but taken out of context, have also resulted in a quick turn around on the man himself. My wife told me she'd gone off him because of how ungrateful he seemed, and the friends I've talked to about it felt similar. Obviously we all know that they were offhand comments taken out of context, but the media have spun it so he looks like a dick who's been slagging off the franchise that made him a household name and earned him a ridiculous amount of money (most people I've spoken to seem to have accepted the turning town £68 million deal as fact because of how much it was reported). EON and Craig's silence on all this hasn't helped either. They should have been publicly refuting stuff like this.
So sadly, if this is it for him, and the next actor is a success, then I can't see people being too kind to the Craig era. I'm sure peoples feelings will mellow over time and the films will be reassessed but I reckon that over the next few years, his run is going to be viewed more and more negatively by many. CR will still be held in high regard but I think that for a lot of people the sequels will be seen as never living up to that great promising start, except maybe Skyfall depending on who you ask.