* ActorAllusion: Vijay plays tennis on his spare time and fights off some goons with a tennis racquet. He's played by a tennis player.
** Which leads to a VisualPun of an Indian crowd watching Vijay fighting with the tennis racket as if they were watching a tennis match.
* CreatorCameo: Producer Michael G. Wilson appears as a member of the Soviet Politburo at the beginning of the film.
* TheDanza: Bond's ally Vijay, an amateur tennis player, is played by...tennis pro Vijay Amritraj.
* DuelingMovies: With Sean Connery's ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''. Neither film really wowed critics or topped the box office. ''Octopussy'' won by a tight margin.
** Kamal Khan, the exiled Afghan prince, is played by French actor Louis Jourdan.
** English actor Steven Berkoff and German actor Creator/WalterGotell [[FakeRussian play Russians]]. Swedish actress Maud Adams plays [[FakeBrit an Englishwoman]].
** [[Film/ANewHope Admiral Motti]] is one of the American generals at the air base.
** [[StarWars General Rieekan]] plays another of the Generals.
** [[Film/SwampThing Anton Arcane]] is Kamal.
** Orlov was played by Steven Berkoff, an actor who has played villains in several films, most notably the BigBad in the original ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop''.
*** Also a renowned playwright, which makes his LargeHam turn all the more amusing.
** Maud Adams is the only actress to play two different leading Bond ladies, having previously playing Miss Anders in ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''. She gets a third, non-Bond Girl role in ''Film/AViewToAKill''.
** M is played by Robert Brown, who previously played Admiral Hargreaves in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''.
** Albert Moses, who plays Sadruddin, previously played a bartender in ''The Spy Who Loved Me''.