So basically it'd be like the Casino Royale bits of 'Casino Royale'!
I have no problem with them lightening the action a bit, and it'd be nice to see Bond doing some actual spying, but there has to be some action in this surely! I suspect this is a case of someone at The Express reading between the lines, adding two and two together and getting (00)7
It might simply be a case of Mendes saying "I don't want to do the car chase, shoot out and helicopter duel, I just want to do the car chase and the shoot out."
Or maybe he's gonna turn Bond all Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy