It's something of a given with Bond films that the latest one - particularly if a new actor is taking up the role - will be different to the previous outing in both tone and story. We've had the 'back down to earth' approach whenever the franchise has gotten too over the top and large budgeted (FYEO after MR, CR after DAD etc.) Whatever your thoughts are about NTTD, the film was clearly quite fantastical in places (the whole idea of the weaponised nanobots, the idea of a scarred villain with a God complex wanting revenge living on a Japanese island etc) and certainly had a rather high budget with many action sequences.
That said, despite my mixed feelings of NTTD, this sense of fantasy was actually one of the things I really liked about the film. The nanobots, while a bit absurd and the subject of much over-exposition, felt like it could have been plausible within that universe, and at times even felt like a real threat. Safin, despite my problems with his motivations and writing, had the potential to be a great Bond villain for me as well. Much like Fleming's Dr. No (where, of course, Bond famously wrestles with a giant squid) it sounds silly on paper but the darker tone and way it's presented kind of sells it at various points.
Again, I don't think NTTD is perfect, but I'd say that I'd rather have these more prominent elements of the fantastical in Bond 26 rather than a more lighthearted but 'down to earth' adventure like FYEO (which I feel is full of uninspired villains and is a waste of good Fleming material), or even a dark 'gritty' Bond film such as LTK (which I like, but is not a film for everyone). I suspect Bond 26 will have a lower budget/be more stripped back, but I'd personally like to see something more akin to Dr. No - Bond functioning as a sort of 'detective', stumbling into this elaborate scenario where an otherworldly villain is about to do something awful (doesn't need to be world domination or nanobots).
What are people's thoughts on this? Should Bond 26 be more grounded with a very plausible villain/scenario or should it retain some of the absurdism of the Craig era?