!!The film:
* ActorAllusion: Curd Jürgens, who plays Stromberg, starred as the U-Boot captain in ''The Enemy Below'', one of the most famous [[SubStory movies involving submarine warfare]].
* AFIS100YearsSeries:
** AFIS100Years100Songs: #67, "Nobody Does It Better"
* EnforcedMethodActing
** In the scene where Major Amasova couldn't [[DrivingStick drive stick]], Barbara Bach, Anya's actress, actually couldn't drive stick: Moore's snarky responses were unscripted!
** Roger Moore decided last minute it would be much more dramatic if he was sitting in the chair instead of standing behind it when the gun underneath the dining table was fired. The special effects team had only reinforced the back of the chair for the original planned shot, which meant Moore risked serious injury if he didn't leap away in time.
** According to production designer Ken Adam, that was a look of real panic on Barbara Bach's face in the scene where the tunnels of Atlantis are flooding because she didn't expect such a powerful deluge of water.
* ExiledFromContinuity: SPECTRE couldn't be used because of legal difficulties.
* FakeRussian: Russian secret agent Anya is played by Barbara Bach, an American actress. Incidentally, this movie almost single-handedly changed Americans' views of Russian women as SensualSlavs. Before it came out, all Russian women were assumed by Americans to be outright {{Gonk}}s, to the point that American comedians (and especially the hugely influential Johnny Carson) could count on getting cheap and easy laughs by poking fun at the purported hideousness of Russian women. Carson admitted during a visit by Roger Moore that the movie had ruined "half his jokes". (Evidently viewers had by this time forgotten Tatiana Romanova in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.)
* FanNickname: Bond's Lotus Espirit is sometimes called "Wet Nellie", in honor of "Little Nellie" from ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''.
* FountainOfExpies: Jaws is, alongside Oddjob from ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', one of the most homaged and parodied henchmen in the series.
* HeyItsThatGuy
** Anya's lover at the beginning is Paul Foster from ''TV/{{UFO}}''.
** Naomi is Margiana from ''Film/TheGoldenVoyageOfSinbad'' and .
** The Captain of one of Stromberg's ships is Captain Hopper from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen The Tomb of the Cybermen]]''.
** [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService Sir Hillary Bray]] joined the Royal Navy and is friends with M.
*** Wait, there are two Ms in this movie! One (Bernard Lee) had been Bond's boss since Connery; the other one (Robert Brown; he's an admiral here) went on to take over from the first M in ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' and take Dalton's ''Film/LicenceToKill''.
*** {{Fanon}} is the latter was eventually promoted ([[ReassignedToAntarctica probably]]) to Head of the British Secret Service. Considering Bernard Lee's M was also a Navy admiral, this isn't unreasonable.
** [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Boba Fett]] realizes the HMS ''Ranger'' is in trouble before it gets captured.
** [[TV/{{Thunderbirds}} Scott Tracy]] is the captain of the US sub, and was also a US mission controller [[Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice the last time Bond thwarted a supervillain planning to trigger a nuclear war]].
** The giant assassin from ''Film/SilverStreak'' is once again working as a giant assassin.
** [[Film/FromRussiaWithLove SPECTRE assassin Grozny]] apparently recovered from being blown up in a boat, changed his name to Gogol, and become head of the Russian secret service.
* InNameOnly: [[EnforcedTrope Enforced]]. Fleming realized the book was just wrong, so he sold the rights on the condition that any feature film using the title film would NOT be an adaptation. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero He probably would have been better off just quietly dropping the novel in a shredder, as this film set a precedent for In Name Only adaptations of the Bond novels.]]
** The last point is arguable. Beginning with ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', the movies tended to incorporate the setting, a few characters, and (maybe) the general plot of the book while going off in their own direction. It is true that this one was the first Bond film that had NOTHING to do with the source material other than the title, though.
** The one thing that is kept is a villain with steel-capped teeth. Though, in the book Sol Horowitz (aka Sol Horror) is described as thin and lizardlike, whereas Jaws is.....well, [[TheBrute Jaws]].
* MeaningfulReleaseDate: The film came out on 7/7/77.
* Creator/StanleyKubrick: KenAdam asked for his opinion on how to light the enormous set of the interior of Stromberg's supertanker. After being promised that his visit would be a secret, he inspected it for a few hours and suggested using floodlights as part of the set to light the whole thing.
* TheRedStapler: After this movie, demand for white Lotus Espirits grew so much that new customers were put on a three-year waiting list.
* ThrowItIn: As above in Enforced Method Acting, Moore's response to Bachman being unable to drive stick were unscripted but left in.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen
** Stromberg was originally going to be Blofeld before the legal rights squashed that idea.
** Reportedly, one script draft featured the arrival of a "new" SPECTRE, comprised of former members of various real life terrorist groups. The film would've opened with the new group raiding SPECTRE HQ and killing off the organization's old guard before taking over.
** Creator/StevenSpielberg was considered to direct, but was rejected because he was thought to be inexperienced.
** James Mason was considered to star as Stromberg.
** Albert R. Broccoli wanted Lois Chiles to star as Anya, but she was taking a break from acting at the time. She would star as Holly Goodhead in the next movie ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''.
** The producers thought of bringing Anya Amasova back in ''Film/AViewToAKill''. After Barbara Bach declined, the part was rewritten into another female KGB agent, Pols Ivanova.
** After ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' and prior to work beginning on this film, writer Kingsley Amis, who had written a follow-up Bond novel, ''Colonel Sun'', under the pen name Robert Markham, tried to interest EON Productions in adapting his novel next. No one was interested and it wasn't until the Brosnan era that the slightest hints of Amis' book were borrowed for the films.

!!The novel:
* CreatorBacklash: Fleming hated the book to the point of only selling the title to the producers. He successfully prevented its paperback publication in the UK (but not the US) until several years after his death.
* OldShame: Fleming saw the book as a failed experiment. Averted in recent years by those who have come to appreciate the experiment, including the aspect of the novel offering a female narrative voice in an otherwise male-dominated franchise.