* 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!]]
* {{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 ''RemingtonSteele'' contract leading to Timothy Dalton getting the part.