* FakeRussian:
** John-Rhys Davies, surprisingly nonhammy as Leonid Pushkin, and Dutch Jeroen Krabbé, [[LargeHam hammy with extra ham and ham on the side]] as Koskov. Krabbé 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.
** Although more of a case of Fake Czechslovakian, English Maryam D'Abo as Kara Milovy (although D'Abo is of Georgian descent).
* MilestoneCelebration: The film was released in 1987, the 25th anniversary of the ''James Bond'' film series.
* 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.
** Timothy Dalton revealed in a 2007 interview that his Bond was not allowed to have too much sex, because his films were released at the height of the AIDS epidemic. To this end, besides the woman in the pre-credits sequence, Kara is the only Bond Girl of the film (and whatever kind of intercouse he had with both happens entirely offscreen).
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan is prominently featured as Bond allies with some Mujahideen members.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/PierceBrosnan was set to play Bond, and even screen-tested for the part, after the cancellation of ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' (Dalton had been approached to take over the role in ''Film/AViewToAKill'', but Moore decided to play the role once again. When he was approached for this film, he was unavailable as he was filming ''Brenda Starr''). However, the publicity from the casting caused the ratings of ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' to rise - which caused NBC to {{uncancel|ed}} 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 Creator/TimothyDalton after sorting out his conflict (Broccoli had wanted Dalton to play Bond for years, as far back as 1969's ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' only for Dalton himself to politely decline at the time as he felt himself to be too young and felt intimidated by the idea of following in the footsteps of Creator/SeanConnery). The worst part - with Brosnan no longer playing Bond, the ratings for the revived ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' tanked and the show was cancelled again. Brosnan would finally get to be Bond in 1995's ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}''.
** Sam Neill was also considered and even screen-tested for the part.
** Recurring character General Gogol was originally going to fill the role that Pushkin plays in the final film, but his actor Walter Gotell was too ill to play the part, so Gogol was replaced by the new character Pushkin.
** Creator/LeeVanCleef was considered for Brad Whitaker.
** Originally, Music/PetShopBoys was asked to compose the soundtrack, but backed down when they learned that they should not provide a complete soundtrack but merely the opening theme song.
** An earlier draft of the script featured several scenes and developments that failed to make it to the finished film:
** Bond and Kara were originally going to escape from Kara's apartment by stealing the car belonging to one of the KGB agent supposedly keeping an eye on her. The KGB agents give chase and Bond writes the car off on the ice of a frozen lake, the couple continuing their flight aboard a hijacked ice schooner.
*** On escaping from the air base in Afghanistan, Bond and Kara were to have been taken to Landi- Kotal by Ranjit Khan [who later became Kamran Shah] where they witness a massive arms bazaar. They are pursued by jailers from the air base and Bond disposes of one of them by pitching him into a pit full of yarn dye. He eludes his other pursuers by using his exploding key ring to set off the contents of a Chinese fireworks warehouse. The arms bazaar sequence would eventually turn up in the teaser to Film/TomorrowNeverDies.
*** Originally, Bond and Kara did not escape from Koskov's Hercules on a jeep, but actually flew with the aircraft to a US aircraft carrier which Bond was going to attempt a landing on, despite the US navy's attempts to shoot them down. When M and Moneypenny step in to confirm the identity of the pilot, the carrier captain was to have allowed Bond to make his landing but the oversized aircraft careers off the end of the deck and Bond and Kara survive only by clinging to a cargo net.
** The film was originally going to be a prequel. In the original version, a twenty-something James Bond teams up with a senior agent named Burton Trevor on a mission to infiltrate the jungle compound of a Chinese warlord named Kwang. Trevor would die helping Bond escape, Bond would hunt down and kill Kwang and subsequently be promoted to the Double-0 section, taking Trevor's old number "007". The story would end with Bond getting the mission for ''Film/DrNo''. Cubby Broccoli rejected this, claiming that no-one wanted to see James Bond as a rookie.