Originally Posted by Tarfu
But James Bond isn't just one character, it's a codename that gets passed on from one 007 to the next.
Or so goes THE THEORY. I like it.
Quantum of Solace and Moonraker attempted to stop that, and they are the most criticized of the lot.
Quantum of Solace was a direct sequel, and arguably fueled by revenge. Moonraker had a short bit in the intro with Moore planting flowers at Teresa Bond's grave then taking out Blofeld. so, the same character was supposed to be going through these movies. Only, casino royale - QS were both Craig. OHMSS - moonraker was Lazenby to Moore; so that kind of stomps the theory.
I can't speak for the books however.