I'd agree, Bond's immensely cooler because he's an imperialist and a misogynist, and he laughs at killing people, sitting there slugging martinis, so anachronistic.
I am really looking forward to this one. Could not care less about the title. As long as Bond remains imperialistic, misogynistic and does not turn into Jason Bourne, all should be good.
Not sure about the possible use of Pacino but I thoroughly enjoyed Casino...