I guess it was also to show (the FYEO scene) Bond visiting Tracy's grave. But gawd that voiceover is so laughable. "Meester Bond! Meester Bond!" When they show the back of the guy's head it's so obviously a bald cap on some extra.
No no, I knew NSNA was a remake of Thunderball...but it *is* a Bond film directed by an American.
The five Craig films are all tied together by what happens with Vesper Lynd in CR...but they're not tied together terribly *well*, or in a way that turns out to be terribly meaningful.