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.
John Barry reportedly didn't like the producers' idea of having a pop-rock band performing the title song.
Enforced Method Acting: When May Day screams during the mine sequence when sparks fly around her, her screams are for real. Grace Jones didn't know that electric cables around her would go off as a special effect for the scene.
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.
Jon Taylor of Duran Duran was also a fan. He approached Albert R. Broccoli at a party, and somewhat drunkenly asked "When are you going to get someone decent to do one of your theme songs?"
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.
Retroactive Recognition: Although only appearing very briefly, this movie is Dolph Lundgren's first on-screen role, playing General Gogol's KGB bodyguard Venz. He landed the position because he was dating Grace Jones at the time of the filming, and was conveniently on set when director John Glen realized he quickly needed someone to fill in as a simple gun wielding body guard.
Ripped from the Headlines: The writers had noted the explosion in available computer technology and the public's fascination / concern with all things hi-tech so decided that their story should centre around the planned destruction of America's Silicon Valley.
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.
David Bowie turned down the role of Zorin. This explains the presence of Grace. Ultimately, he chose Film/Labyrinth instead. Bowie later explained that he thought the script was too "terrible" and "workmanlike" to spend much time working on and he told them so. He also said his directness wasn't received very well by them.
This was Lois Maxwell's final appearance as Miss Moneypenny. Apparently, after she was told that she would be retiring from the role, she thought that she could become the M character as a promotion. However, at the time producer Albert R. Broccoli believed that audiences would not accept James Bond being given orders by woman. Lois also suggested that Moneypenny be killed off.
Zorin's scheme originally involved redirecting Haley's Comet. This was scrapped for being too ridiculous.
Originally, Bond was to have used the electronic snooping device created by Q to break into Zorin's pumping station. When the device is threatened by guard dogs, it sprays them, skunk-like, with a noxious liquid, and then gets stuck in a tunnel. Q later berates Bond for deserting "a fellow agent in the field."