* CaliforniaDoubling:
** Bangkok doubles for Ho Chi Minh City, referred to as Saigon in the film.
** Also, London stood in for Hamburg for the carpark chase, among other scenes.
* EnforcedMethodActing:
** The director told Brosnan and Yeoh separately that they were going to be the one driving the bike in the Saigon ChaseScene. HilarityEnsues.
** Earlier in the film, Bond's car crashes through a dealership. Members of the public nearby were not told this was happening, so their shock is real.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** [[DesperateHousewives Susan]] gets to sleep with Series/RemingtonSteele.
** She swapped [[Series/LoisAndClark Superman]] for Film/JamesBond.
** [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Governor Swan]] as the main villain.
*** One of the bumbling Royal Navy sailors from the same film as a radar operator.
*** Look for [[Film/ThreeHundred King Leonidas]] as another radar operator on the ''Devonshire''.
**** Hell, it looks like [[GreenWing Mac]], [[BeingHuman Herrick]] and [[DowntonAbbey The Earl of Grantham]] all served in the navy at this point.
**** Speaking of of ''Downton Abbey'', the Minister of Defence who debates with M in the beginning of the film is played by Julian Fellowes, the creator/writer of the show (as well as the writer of ''GosfordPark'').
** [[Series/AsTimeGoesBy Jean and Lionel]] argue about whether to start a war with China.
** Dr. Kaufman is a professor of forensic medicine,and among other things, teaches Stamper how to inflict pain by [[Film/BatmanReturns grinding his victims' organs. But it isn't the first time he's been an organ grinder!]]
** [[Film/{{Aliens}} Sergeant Apone]] is instructing Bond on how to do a HALO jump without getting killed.
** Gotz Otto, who plays Mr. Stamper, was in the Christopher Lambert version of ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}''.
* RealitySubtext: In the novelization, Jack Wade asks Bond about [[Film/{{Goldeneye}} Natalya]], to which Bond replies that she's now married to a hockey player. Izabella Scorupco really did marry pro hockey player Mariusz Czerkawski in 1996.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The plot was supposed to be about the reunification of Hong Kong and China, but someone realised they wouldn't be able to get the film done in time, resulting in rewrites that caused the last act to be all action and barely any plot.
* SerendipityWritesThePlot: The original title was ''Tomorrow Never Lies'', the proposed TagLine of Carver's newspaper ''Tomorrow''. A mis-spelled fax lead to the one the filmmakers eventually used.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Notice that Carver lists off all the assets of his media empire... and the internet is barely mentioned, if at all.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The writers originally wanted to base a story off of Hong Kong's turnover from British to Chinese control. But since the event happened (1 July 1997) too soon for them to finish the movie, and it happened without a hitch, they decided not to trivialise it or appear irrelevant.
** There were three songs wrote up for the main theme. Two of them made it into the film as the main and credits music, respectively; the third, also titled "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue08taBvZTU Tomorrow Never Dies]]" by Danish band Swan Lee, was later used for ''[[VideoGame/{{Hitman}} Hitman: Blood Money]]''. It's the song which plays during the game's credits, and also sung (badly) by the AxCrazy female assassin in the "Heaven and Hell" level. Music/{{Pulp}} also wrote a proposed theme (which had the film's original title, "Tomorrow Never Lies"), later issued as a b-side. Music/SaintEtienne also wrote a version.
** Creator/{{Rare}} was offered the chance to make a ''Tomorrow Never Dies'' video game after their hugely successful ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'', but turned it down in favor of [[VideoGame/PerfectDark doing their own thing]].
** The film was originally to be titled ''Tomorrow Never '''Lies''''', which makes more sense than the final title, what with the plot involving Carver creating the next day's headlines in advance before causing those events to happen. However, it was changed due to a typo, oddly enough.
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