* DevelopmentHell: It was first announced as a successor to ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' (''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' came in because of lawsuits and such), then after ''Thunderball'' (but the winter locations made producers priorize ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'').
* {{Expy}}: Savalas was the inspiration for Lex Luthor as portrayed in [[SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman: TAS]]. Like Blofeld, Luthor is a rich cretin with a thirst for respectability. Also, he's quick to drop the genteel act and throw down if nccessary.
* FakeBrit: Lazenby is Australian.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Draco is the railroad baron from ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest''. Diana Rigg is of course [[Series/TheAvengers Emma Peel]]. Sir Hillary Bray's actor, George Baker, appears as a Royal Navy admiral in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''. And Blofeld is {{Kojak}}!
* MagnumOpusDissonance: Despite being one of the most obscure Bond films amongst the general populace, often inaccurately thought to be a financial failure, the producers and EON have gone on the record saying that if they had to choose one Bond movie to preserve for future generations, it would be OHMSS.
* OneHitWonder:
** Irma Bunt was Ilse Steppat's only English language role. She died shortly after the film came out.
** Peter Hunt quit the franchise after this film. He'd been the editor for the first four films and had a falling out with Broccoli and Salzman over being passed over for directing ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''. That and the problems shooting this film figured in his decision.
** Lazenby's story is well-known.
* TheOtherDarrin:
** George Lazenby replacing Sean Connery as Film/JamesBond. Features a LampshadeHanging.
-->"This never happened to the other fellow!" (Also counts as BreakingTheFourthWall )
** Telly Savalas replaced Donald Pleasance as Blofeld. This is a holdover from the original book, where Blofeld had plastic surgery to alter his appearance to make him harder to identify.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Lazenby was reported to be quite a prima donna on the set, sure that he would become just as big a star as Connery with the role. This probably contributed to his not doing any more Bond films.
** Lazenby has gone on record as saying that it was mainly him listening to very bad advices by his agent that made him behave that way, including his decision to stop making Bond films. The fact he always said in later interviews that this was [[NeverLiveItDown one of the worst decisions he ever made]] but that he also fired his agent just a couple of years later really does not come as a surprise if this in fact is true.
* ThrowItIn: The St. Bernard rolling in front of Bond was totally unexpected, and Lazenby reacted accordingly ("Never mind that! Go and get the brandy, huh?").
* TroubledProduction: Granted, not anywhere near as much as the press at the time made it out to be, but there were a lot of disagreements between Lazenby and director Peter Hunt, and also between Hunt and the producers, which resulted in neither man ever returning to the series.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Had Lazenby's agent not convinced him to leave the series, his contract was for seven movies. Tracy's death would only occur in [[Film/DiamondsAreForever the follow-up]], but since the main actor was leaving, the producers decided to keep it in just one movie.
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