* 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.
** 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.
* 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 ''A View To A Kill'', but Moore decided to play the role once again. When he was approached for this film, he was unavailable as he was filming ''Film/BrendaStarr''). 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 Dalton after sorting out his conflict (Broccoli had wanted Dalton to play Bond for years, as far back as 1969's ''On Her Majesty's Secret Service'' 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.