Back in the late 90s/early 00s when everyone was going ga-ga over Brosnan (remember when people called him the greatest Bond since Connery?) Dalton (and his films) always seemed to cop flack, usually for one or more of the following reasons: 1. Brosnan was the preferred choice (until NBC screwed him over), not Dalton, ergo he was not the producers' preferred Bond. 2. He only made 2 films, so he must have done something wrong. 3. Dalton's second film 'bombed' (I'm not sure how true that statement is - I think it did ok worldwide overall) and effectively killed off the franchise for 6 years, so Dalton must have screwed it up somehow. I think E_S nailed it - most of the criticism in the past from the general movie-going public seemed to come across more as received wisdom than anything objective. I think Dalton gets more appreciation these days now that we're into the Craig era and people understand more the style the Dalton films were aiming for.