The Realist wrote:
A certain undercurrent of angst is welcome ("If [M] fires me I'll thank him for it"), but shouldn't overwhelm the character in pursuit of the tiresome "dark and gritty" pretensions so beloved of current franchise movies (and which the splendid Star Trek into Darkness blessedly eschewed).
STID has plenty of dark grit compared to the previous films.
Was it the lack of comic relief in SKYFALL that put you off?
That may the biggest difference between the two movies.
When M and Bond were gearing up for the climax, I kept wondering why Eve wasn't around instead of M. It's obvious now. Moneypenny doesn't do climaxes of any kind.