Can't say that I understand the hate this one gets. The action and stunts absolutely rip, and that opening foot chase is an all-timer. The Pakula style conspiracy plot creeps me out, and Mr. White is one of my favorite recurring characters in the series.
Maybe it's a little too removed from the formula for some (Bond doesn't bang the girl. No deformed villain. No sexual double entendre.), but it was a fifty year old franchise by this point. Isn't it refreshing to try something a little different?