- The prologue is set in 1986, one year before The Living Daylights, the first of the two Timothy Dalton films. A subtle reference (and possible retcon) to the fact that Pierce Brosnan would have played Bond in that movie and Licence to Kill had the producers of Remington Steele not declined to release him from his contract.
- The prologue also could explain part of why the two Dalton films seem darker than usual; In the prologue, Bond is chipper with a 'buy me a pint' quippy attitude with Alec Trevelyan. Trevelyan is seemingly executed, Bond escapes, and immediately another few MI6 agents are murdered in the prologue of The Living Daylights. This explains Bond's darker attitude across the two Dalton movies, having lost close friends. This gives new meaning to why M is warning Bond against going off a vendetta when they believe General Ourumov to be behind the Severnaya attack, and Bond is also 'under evaluation' in the driving sequence, because of his rogue actions in Licence to Kill.
- Also in The Living Daylights, Moneypenny described a female, Russian assassin who kills her targets using her thighs, telling James that she'd be "his type". At the time, Bond just shrugged it off and continued flirting, but he did eventually meet this assassin working for Trevelyan. So Xenia Onatopp's been working for Trevelyan for a number of years.