Breakaway Pop Hit: The opening song is still a permanent fixture in Duran Duran's set list over thirty years later, despite the film being widely considered as one of the weakest of the James Bond series.
Creator Backlash: Roger Moore has been hostile to this movie from Day One thanks to having become too old to play Bond convincingly by the time they started shooting.
Fake Russian: The KGB agent Pola Ivanova is played by a Brit born in Nigeria, Fiona Fullerton.
Old Shame: The least favorite film from his tenure, Roger Moore regrets making this movie for many reasons. Besides realizing he was too old to be Bond, he was appalled with the scene where the mine is destroyed as Zorin guns down the surviving workers. This was his final film role, and Moore's own feelings convinced him to retire from cinema on a visible scale and force EON to replace him.
Reality Subtext: Zorin's "Main Strike" is scheduled to happen on the 22nd, the same day as the Kennedy assassination; the Texan oil driller Conley is a reference to Texan Governor Connally, who was also shot but survived; and Sir Godfrey Tibbet is a reference to JD Tibbet, the policeman Lee Harvey Oswald was originally arrested for shooting.
When Stacey comes out of the shack in Silicon Valley wearing a pair of coveralls, Bond comments "Pity you couldn't find one that fits" and Stacey gives him a dirty look. This scene was not in the script. Roger Moore ad-libbed the line and Tanya Roberts' reaction was genuine; because Tanya Roberts had refused to film the scene until the wardrobe department made her a pair of custom-fitted coveralls that would look flattering on her. And, because Tanya Roberts was so difficult to work with, the director decided to leave it in.
In the scene where May Day disrobes before sleeping with Bond, Grace Jones wore a diseased-looking strap-on dildo into the scene just to mess with Moore. His reaction is genuine.
Unintentional Period Piece: Nicely averted overall, though the black light-laden title sequence by Duran Duran and the inclusion of The Beach Boys' "California Girls" in the pre-title sequence, as well as the prominence of Grace Jones in the plot, certainly do serve as a reminder that this is still very much the 1980s.