* ActorSharedBackground: Some of Bond's demons parallel Brosnan's: Bond lost his wife in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService''; Brosnan lost his wife to cancer). Bond alludes to this in ''Film/GoldenEye'' and ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', without making a big point of it.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: Part of the St. Petersburg tank chase was filmed on site. They faked all of the relevant statutes and treasures and smashed replicas on a UK Backlot, but that didn't stop a few breathless "They're destroying our art!" newscasts in Russia.
* DevelopmentHell / SavedFromDevelopmentHell: Not nearly as bad as most examples, but it took 6 years for ''Film/LicenceToKill'' to get a follow-up due to legal problems, the longest tenure between two ''Bond'' films. During that, Timothy Dalton's contract expired and Pierce Brosnan got the job he could have gotten if he'd been released from his ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' contract in 1987.
* FakeNationality: There's a ''lot'' of {{Fake Russian}}s.
** The Georgian Xenia is played by the Dutch Famke Janssen.
** The Russian Boris played by the Scottish Creator/AlanCumming.
** The Russian General Ourumov is played by the German Gottfried John.
** The Russian Defense Minister Mischkin is played by the Turkish-Greek-raised-in-France Tchéky Karyo.
** The Russian Zukovsky played by the British Robbie Coltrane.
** The Russian Natalya is played by the Polish-born-raised-in-Sweden Izabela Scorupco
** An of course, the Very British James Bond is played by Irishman Pierce Brosnan.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** "James Bond just killed {{Sharpe}}!" And amusingly, in an episode of ''Sharpe'', the latter's sidekick killed a character played by Creator/DanielCraig, the next Bond. Nowadays, he's known as [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Boromir of Gondor]]. As well as [[Series/GameOfThrones Ned Stark, Lord of Winterfell]].
** Xenia and Boris are [[Film/{{X-Men}} Jean Grey and Nightcrawler]].
*** These days, Boris works in [[Series/TheGoodWife Chicago]]. When he's not [[Series/TinMan wandering around the O.Z.]] or introducing ''[[Series/{{Masterpiece}} Masterpiece Mystery]]''.
*** Xenia's now the [[Film/{{Taken}} ex-wife of an ex-spy]].
** And Robbie Coltrane as Valentin Dmitriyev Zhukovsky, ie, [[Film/HarryPotter Rubeus Hagrid]]. [[{{Series/Cracker}} Or Eddie Fitzgerald for British TV Fans]].
** Blink and you'll miss Minnie Driver (or, if you prefer, [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004 Carlotta]]) as Valentin's tone-deaf mistress.
** [[ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Julius Caesar]] is Ourumov!
** Joe Don Baker (who was villain Brad Whitaker in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'') is Jack Wade!
*** [[MysteryScienceTheater3000 MITCHELL!]]
** The unfortunate Admiral who suffers Xenia's thighs early in the film previously appeared in the "unofficial ''Bond''" ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''. Presumbly his murder was punishment for starring in the ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' knockoff.
*** [[Film/TopSecret Nick Rivers' defense attorney can't catch a break, can he?]]
* InMemoriam: The AttractMode of [[Pinball/GoldenEye the pinball game]] includes the message "Dedicated to the Memory of Jack Bushell."
* MethodActing: Before filming the sequence in the sauna where Bond hurls her into the walls, Creator/FamkeJanssen encouraged Creator/PierceBrosnan to run her into the wall as hard as he could, and actually ''insisted'' he do it, citing that the walls were padded; [[CueIrony Cue irony]] as Famke promptly managed to break a rib after Brosnan did as she demanded, the very damage her murderous thighs are meant to do in-movie.
* StarMakingRole: Partial Aversion. Pierce Brosnan was already famous when [=GoldenEye=] was made, but after Remington Steele (which put him on the map) he lapsed into mediocrity. Bond revitalised his career greatly, to the point that he's the only Bond other than Creator/SeanConnery to have an active and lucrative film career.
** It took a while to get going, but this is where Famke Janssen's filmography started to snowball.
** Subverted with Izabella Scorupco, who turned down high profile lead roles in ''TheMaskOfZorro'' and ''LAConfidential'' after the success of this film. Her acting career petered out, and she's only been in a few supporting roles since.
* TechnologyMarchesOn:
** The movie came out in 1995. Natalya goes to an IBM office so she can contact Boris via the internet, and gives the sales rep a purchase order as a rather clever lie to use their connection. Computers using 500 megabyte hard drives, with 14.4 kbps modems, seem woefully underpowered today.
** Bond's digital camera, and the on-board computer in his car, which he used to send a picture of Xenia that MI6 analyzed on the spot, are within current smartphone or tablet capabilities.
* TheOtherDarrin: Samantha Bond replaced Caroline Bliss as Moneypenny.
* {{Tuckerization}}: Jack Wade is named after uncredited screenwriter Kevin Wade.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: All Bond films are a product of their time, but this one stands out as being particularly dated to 1995, featuring a mid-1990s plot laden with computers, HollywoodHacking, and the early Internet. Plus, there are a lot of post-Cold War themes unique to the time period.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/SeanBean was actually considered for the part of Bond proper. This has the effect of making Alec Trevelyan more creepy because he's essentially portraying Trevelyan as an evil Bond.
** The producers originally asked JohnWoo to direct. Woo declined, though said he felt honored by the offer.
** Creator/AlanRickman turned down the role of Alec Trevelyan. There was also talk of Anthony Hopkins playing the role, with the older ''Augustus'' Trevelyan originally intended as having been a previous M and mentor/father figure to Bond rather than an equal 00 agent.
** John Rhys-Davies was set to reprise his role as General Pushkin from ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' when Dalton was still on, but the character was replaced with Defense Minister Mishkin.
** A subversion from a previous example. Pierce Brosnan was originally chosen to replace Roger Moore as James Bond but wasn't able to get out of his ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' contract leading to Timothy Dalton getting the part.
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