it was.. different.
probably because all the other Bond movies have always had a certain bit of hollywood slapstick about them. like the scene from the last movie, where pierce brosnan is driving a BMW from the backseat with a remote control. there's always at least one scene in every bond movie that goes a little too far with the trademark 'action-mixed-with-comedy' formula, that the bond movies have become known for. and that has sort of become Bond's signature "style" in the movies: to kill the bad guy with a dash of the ridiculous, so the audience isn't taken aback by the fact that there's so much killing going on. then we add the trademark smile (with a twinkle in the eye), a classic catch phrase (or two), and you've got something worthy of a mike meyers parody.
well this movie has none of that.
from the first scene it takes the idea of "killing" very seriously. (minor spoiler:we see Bond's first kill and its... messy). at no point during this film do they mix action with comedy, and add a dash of the ridiculous, just to put the audience at ease with idea of a guy running around with a 'license to kill'. the only part in the movie when I heard anyone the audience laughing was, oddly enough, during the torture scene. and thats probably because we were all squirming so much, that when bond finally made a joke to put the audience at ease and break the tension, there was a lot of tension to break LOL. but it was definitely not slapstick or silly, as Bond films tend to be. it was actually pretty intense, and the comedy came along at just the right moment.
--> the problem with previous bond films is they have always tempered the brutality of the character/scenarios with TOO MUCH comedy, and thats resulted in a kind of "cartoonish" bond character, with too many one-line catch-phrases for his own good. all that cartoonish comedy (with names like 'Antie Hill galore' and 'Ivana Humpalot' and all those silly upside-down car-chases) is meant to put the audience in a certain frame of mind, and give the movie a certain atmosphere, where people in the film can get blown up and killed, and we can laugh at the goofy set-ups. we're not shocked by the brutality, and the gritty nature of the character, because we're distracted by the comedy thats built into all the action sequences (which is there, by design, to give a man with a "license to kill" a PG-rating. LOL)
and again, this movie has none of that.
it takes itself quite seriously. and this allows the original character to shine through, AS he was originally written. we're not viewing Bond through a 'wink and a smile' (and a slapstick-comedy-car-chase), which was the context he was ALWAYS given in the past, to ensure his PG-rating.
(you'll know what I mean, when you see the very first scene)
this movie doesn't try to temper the action in every scene with comedy like previous Bond films --> which means Bond himself
is no longer a comedian. thats the biggest change you'll notice over previous 'Bonds'.