* 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.
* 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 his job.
* 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. 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]]. [[{{Cracker}} Or Eddie Fitzgerald for British TV Fans]].
** Blink and you'll miss Minnie Driver (or, if you prefer, [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004 Madame Giry]]) as Valentin's tone-deaf mistress.
** [[{{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' NeverSayNeverAgain. Presumbly his murder was punishment for starring in the Thunderball knockoff.
* 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.
* {{Tuckerization}}: Jack Wade is named after uncredited screenwriter Kevin Wade.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/AlanRickman turned down the role of Alec Trevalyen. There was also talk of Anthony Hopkins playing role, with Trevelayan originally intended as having been a mentor/father figure to Bond rather than an equal.
** 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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