!!The film:
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The theme tune, "A Drive in the Country" and "Runaway".
** Note that the music is done by Bill Conti, aka the ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' composer.
* FridgeBrilliance: The spy ship is sunk by an underwater mine, presumably from the war...but Kristatos' Albania warehouse stores one of them - maybe he deliberately sinks ships to help his salvage operation.
* HarsherInHindsight: Countess Lisl was played by Australian actress Cassandra Harris, married to an up-and-coming Television actor named PierceBrosnan (who came to visit the set). She always wanted to see him play 007; unfortunately, by the time that happened Harris had died of cancer (in 1991).
* HoYay: Locque and Kriegler look and behave vaguely similar and Bibi mentions that Kriegler never shows any interest in women. Might not sound like much to go on, but that's not prevented a slightly shocking amount of slash fiction involving these two.
* LoveItOrHateIt: For most Bond fans, this is either Roger Moore's best film or [[SoOkayItsAverage his dullest]].
* {{Narm}}:
** [[LawyerFriendlyCameo "Blofeld"]] pleading for his life, as Bond dangles him from a helicopter:
--> ''Please, Mister Bond! I'll buy you a delicatessen! In stainless steel!''
** It was apparently the film's producer, Albert R Broccoli, who came up with that line, which is supposed to be based on some kind of Mafia-slang.
** Also, the BombWhistle he emits as he plummets down the chimney.
* {{Squick}}:
** Bibi Dahl isn't very far past her mid-teens and she's not a virgin. Even Kristatos isn't aware of this.
** And if her age and lack of virginity isn't squicky enough (she has reached the ages of consent of both Italy and Greece, if not by much), the reason we know she isn't a virgin is that she tells a man more than twice her age that while attempting to seduce him.
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: After the incredibly over-the-top ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''.
* {{Tearjerker}}: Bond visiting his dead wife's (Teresa from On Her Majesty's Secret Service) grave in the ColdOpen. It's especially sad when you see the IronicEcho "We Have All The Time In The World" is etched on her tombstone.

!!The book:
* ValuesDissonance: In "The Hildebrand Rarity", Bond muses that "the only trouble with beautiful Negresses is that they don't know anything about birth control." Admittedly, he was having a conversation about Nigeria at the time, where contraception is indeed less prevalent, but the line's still jarring.