I've been working on this for a while and it's my attempt to mould DAD into something decent without changing it completely. Some of the changes I made weren't done because I wanted to but more because they fit in with this version (like the fencing, I really like that bit but the new baddy would be too old for it to look good so I replaced it with the bridge bit from MR).
First we have the gunbarrel, without the CGI bullet, and instead of surfing Bond and the others use wingsuits to get onto the beach. The PTS is otherwise exactly the same except Moon isn't buying conflict diamonds, he's buying a missile guidance device that was designed for nuclear missiles. Anyway Bond is found out so he kills Moon, gets captured, etc. Cue title sequence and a theme song that isn't Madonna.
Bond is traded for Zao and ends up on the boat, but he escapes. He doesn't stop his heart though, instead he does it First Blood style. Staff come in to give him a hair cut and get him sorted out but this causes flashbacks to North Korea and Bond beats the sh*t out of all of them, then strolls off. Everything plays out pretty much the same, Bond still waltzes into the hotel with nothing but pyjama trousers, still meets Chang, etc, except Bond seems more damaged by what's happened. He meets Jinx in Cuba (minus the DN reference), who is a better written character than in the film, but doesn't bang her or even seem that interested in her yet. He's after Zao.
Zao isn't having gene therapy, the clinic isn't for that. Instead he's there getting the diamonds removed from his face and having reconstructive surgery. Bond messes this up because he finds Zao, same as in the film, and fights him. The whole clinic sequence is pretty much the same except Bond doesn't grab a diamond off Zao. Instead Zao has a mobile which Bond takes before questioning him. Zao breaks out and escapes, Bond has the chance to kill him but fails and misses because he's still rusty.
Gustav Graves is a different character. An old russian pacifist genius called Vladimir Grubozaboyschikov who made a fortune and is now an industrialist who has a company which disarms nuclear weapons, cleans up powerplants, etc. Ideally someone like Anthony Hopkins to play him. Miranda Frost is still his assistant and he's been in contact with Zao, which is why Bond investigates him, he's the only contact on Zao's phone. Bond doesn't fence him, instead Blades is a club like MR and when Bond meets him he's cheating at bridge, but Bond manages to beat him. VG (I'm not typing his name again) invites Bond to Iceland (although this time it's a celebration, a party to celebrate how well his company are doing, not a demonstration) and Bond is given the key, etc.
Bond meets M just like in the film except this time, she wants to see if Bond is ready before she sends him off again. It's a bit like SF, he fails all the tests. He can't shoot, he's unfit, etc. He's very damaged after being in Korea for so long. M has to send him though because it's the only way she can investigate VG. Not only is he a knight and a very well respected pacifist, he's also a former Soviet double agent. She tells Bond that he supplied the west with lots of important intel (including plans of the facility that Bond and Alec broke into in GE), and that they might not have won the cold war without him. He also helped train several MI6 agents. M knows from the phone Bond retrieved that he's been in contact with Zao but due to some sort of protective technology, MI6 can't actually access the phone calls and texts between them. She also suspects that his company is actually a front for something dangerous but the Prime Minister would never let her investigate him properly. However Bond isn't an agent anymore, so he's sent on an off the books assignment to Iceland.
Before Bond goes he meets Q who gives him the Vanquish. It doesn't turn invisible any more but it still has rockets, machine guns, etc. Q also gives him the laser watch and the ring gadget like in the film. Also we see M meet the new 007 that took Bond's place while he was in Korea: Miranda Frost. She's been working deep cover, etc, like in the film. However, she can't take the risks Bond can because she can't risk getting caught, she's an official agent. M tells her to watch out for Bond and to protect him because M really doesn't think that Bond is up to it.
Bond goes to Iceland and meets VG, and later at the party he meets Jinx again. He also meets Frost and sleeps with her. Jinx is later caught spying on a meeting between Zao, General Moon and VG where VG confirms that he's been stockpiling nuclear weapons and that he's going to give these weapons to the North Koreans. She's handed over to some random guard (not Mr Kil, he's not in it anymore), who takes her somewhere to lock her up for questioning later, but Bond attacks the guard, Bond is struggling, he's still not 100%, but he knocks out the guard after using his Omega as a knuckleduster. Jinx tells Bond about what she heard and Bond figures things out, he sends Jinx to get backup and goes to confront VG like in the film.
Bond confronts VG and reveals he's figured out the truth: VG isn't VG. The real VG died before the wall fell. The baddy Bond is facing is a soviet agent that killed him when he found out about him selling secrets. But the villain knew that the cold war wouldn't last much longer and that communism was coming to an end. So he stole VG's identity (he'd kept his appearance secret to protect himself), and lied to MI6, saying he was going to be found out. He defected to the west and the cold war ended. That's why he's supplying the North Korean's with nuclear weapons, he's actually a communist who hates the west. Zao turns up but so does Miranda Frost, who reveals herself as a double agent and the mole that set Bond up in Korea. She was trained by VG like other MI6 agents but he saw something in her and brainwashed her, managing to get her to switch sides, creating a mole for the Koreans. Bond escapes with the ring gadget like in the film and legs it.
Bond finds Jinx and they head to Bonds car to escape but Zao spots them and chases them. The car chase is pretty much the same, with a bit less emphasis on gadgets (and no invisibilty), and Bond kills Zao (same as in the film but without the car turning invisible), but Frost, Moon and VG escape. Later on M and Michael Madsen tell Bond and Jinx that VG plans to move the weapons to North Korea soon. They have to act quickly. Madsen wants to send Jinx and Bond wants to go too. M isn't so sure but Bond is better now, he persuades her to let him go and M restores his 00 status.
VG, Frost and Moon are at VG's base on his private island overseeing the transfer of the weapons. Bond and Jinx scuba dive and swim through some abandoned tunnels to sneak onto the island. They move through the jungle and manage to board the plane. Bond finds VG and Moon and holds a gun to Moon's head while Jinx locates the warheads in the cargo hold. Jinx goes to open the back, to ditch the warheads in the sea, but Frost turns up and they fight (but it's not a sword fight like in the film). Meanwhile one of the guards attempts to shoot Bond while he has Moon hostage and a gunfight breaks out. Bond is hit in the shoulder but he kills the guards and Moon, and wounds VG. He prepares to kill VG but VG begs Bond to let him pray first. Bond is unable to execute VG while he's in such a state and grants him his last request. VG starts praying but as Bond lowers his gun he dives for one of the guards' rifles. Bond without hesitation puts a bullet in his head.
The plane is going down now and Bond rushes to the back where Jinx has killed Frost. They get a parachute each and Jinx looks at her watch (which is a gadget showing where they are) takes note of their coordinates so that the goverment can find the warheads and then Bond opens the back. Everything, including Bond and Jinx, goes flying out, but they have parachutes and they survive. Later they've managed to make it land and they have sex. The Moneypenny bit isn't in the film anymore. The end.
So what does everyone think? I know it's not great but I think the story is better than what we got in the film and I tried to get some Fleming into it.