The film is supposed to be about Bond's lust for revenge but Vesper and his relationship with her bookends the film and everything else in the middle feels like a rush of random scenes edited together (badly) that serves no purpose to the story. Weak plots in a Bond film aren't exactly a new thing but at least make up for it with a few interesting characters with more than a few braincells to rub together between them.
'Another Way to Die' is the first duet of the Bond series and it couldn't be more awkward. The prospect of Alicia Keys and Jack White singing together is an enticing one but their vocals just don't mesh which is, y'know, kind of important when you're singing a duet. Like Chris Cornell's 'You Know My Name' it's nice to have a change from dreary women prattlling on (sorry, Adele) but apart from the snazzy opening it just doesn't work. Much like the film.