* CaliforniaDoubling: Vienna plays the part of Bratislava, as well as appearing as itself. Similarly, Morocco appears as itself and Afghanistan.
* FakeRussian:
** John-Rhys Davies, surprisingly nonhammy as Leonid Pushkin, and Dutch Jeroen Krabbe, [[LargeHam hammy with extra ham and ham on the side]] as Koskov.
** Jereon Krabbe often [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent didn't even bother with the accent]], making his request for a "detachment of men and some trucks" in Afghanistan sound rather hilarious compared to his usual voice.
** Necros's default accent appears to be this. Although he adopts it when taking Koskov from the safehouse to make it appear like the KGB was responsible, he also talks that way when conferring with Koskov and Whitaker later, when he would have no need to pretend to be someone else. The actor, Andreas Wisniewski, is German, and his voice is dubbed over by Kerry Shale, a Canadian VA.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** BigBad Brad Whitaker is played by [[Film/{{Mitchell}} Joe Don]] [[Film/FinalJustice Baker]] who would, [[HilariousInHindsight ironically]] go on to play Bond's CIA contact Jack Wade in the [[Film/GoldenEye first]] [[Film/TomorrowNeverDies two]] of PierceBrosnan's Bond films.
** [[TheDragon Necros]] is [[Film/DieHard Tony]] (ho ho ho, Bond has the gun now).
** The well-read and helpful Arabic guy is the BigBad of ''Film/TrueLies''.
** [[Film/TheFugitive Dr. Charles Nichols]] is General Koskov
** [[Franchise/IndianaJones Sallah]], or [[Film/LordOfTheRings Gimli]], is General Puskin.
*** And his mistress is "Warrior Woman" from ''[[TheRoadWarrior Mad Max 2]]''.
** [[Film/TheFifthElement Major Iceborg]] helps General Koskov escape by [[MarshmallowHell distracting her boss]].
** [[Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe Fekkesh]] is now the Chief of Police in Tangier.
*** In RealLife Nadim Sawalha is the father of [[AbsolutelyFabulous Julia Sawalha AKA Saffron "Saffy" Monsoon]]
** Felix Leiter is now played by [[{{Series/Lost}} Doctor Jack's father]].
* TheOtherDarrin:
** ''Two'' short-lived replacements arrive in this film - Timothy Dalton as Bond, and Caroline Bliss as Moneypenny.
** Also John Terry, who briefly shows up as Felix Leiter, becoming the sixth (seventh if you include ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'') actor in the role.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Bond was meant to be after General Gogol, the recurring KGB head played by Creator/WalterGotell in every Bond movie since ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''. However, Gotell was ill at the time, and thus, unable to commit to the film. So it was written that General Pushkin became head of the KGB as Gogol became a diplomat. By the time Gotell was well enough, he essentially makes a cameo as Gogol in the end.
* ShoutOut: Pushkin, like his predecessor Gogol, was named after a famous 19th Century Russian novelist.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen :
** Creator/PierceBrosnan was set to play Bond, and even screen-tested for the part, but had to back out due to ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' commitments.
** It's even worse than that. Brosnan was offered the part in this movie after the cancellation of ''Series/RemingtonSteele''. However, the publicity from the casting caused the ratings of ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' to rise - which caused NBC to uncancel the show at (literally) the last possible second. The producers, not wanting to cast an actor who was appearing in a TV show at the same time (Albert R. Broccoli was quoted as saying, "''Series/RemingtonSteele'' will not be Film/JamesBond"), revoked the offer to Brosnan and cast Dalton. The worst part - with Brosnan no longer playing Bond, the ratings for the revived ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' tanked and the show was cancelled again.
** Sam Neill was also considered and even screen-tested for the part.