* BreakawayPopHit: Probably the only reason anyone would connect Sheena Easton's song to this movie is that they share a title.
** Easton does have the distinction of being the only performer of a Bond title theme to appear in the film's opening titles.
* CastTheExpert: Lynn-Holly Johnson was an American professional ice skater, and played a professional ice skater.
* DawsonCasting:
** Lynn-Holly Johnson, 22 when the movie came out, plays the underaged (16, according to some sources) Bibi Dahl. Contrast Carole Bouquet, only a year older, whose character seems to be in her late twenties.
** Kristatos is supposed to be a WWII veteran, yet Creator/JulianGlover was born in 1935.
* FakeNationality: Both played straight and lampshaded.
** English actor Creator/JulianGlover, French Actress Carole Bouquet and Israeli actor Topol all play Greeks (half-Greek half-British in Carole Bouquet's case).
** German hitman Eric Kriegler is played by British actor John Wyman, Cuban hitman Hector Gonzales is played by Indian-Trinidadian actor Stefan Kalipha, and Belgian hitman Emile Leopold Locque is played by English actor Michael Gothard.
** Recurring character Russian General Gogol is played by the German character actor Creator/WalterGotell.
** English actress Jill Bennett plays the [[TheBaroness Germanic/Scandanavian skating coach Jacoba Brink]].
** The real kicker is the famous [[TropeNamer lampshade-hanging scene]] with the Austrian Countess von Schlaff who turns out to be from [[OohMeAccentsSlipping Liverpool]] (played by the late ''Australian'' actress Cassandra Harris, wife of Creator/PierceBrosnan until she died in 1991).
* FatalMethodActing: Stuntman Paolo Rigonu became the first fatality on a Film/JamesBond movie when he was killed when the bobsled he was driving overturned while shooting a chase scene.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: That is supposed to be Blofeld in the intro, but for legal reasons, he's not named.
* RaceLift:
** The Jamaican-born Judy Havelock of the short story became the Anglo-Greek Melina Havelock.
** The Italian Enrico Columbo became the Greek Milos Columbo.
* WagTheDirector: Attempted, but failed by Creator/RogerMoore, who disliked the scene where Bond kicks Locque's car over the edge of the cliff. He suggested that the scene be changed to depict the added weight of Locque's "calling card" that Bond throws in causing the car to fall over the cliff by itself, but director John Glen said that his suggestion was the type of silly stuff they were trying to get away from.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Music/{{Blondie}} submitted a possible [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5D7NY7B49Gc theme song]], but they went with Sheena Easton instead.
** Creator/RogerMoore considered quitting as Bond before this movie. The opening scene where Bond [[ContinuityNod visits his wife Tracy's grave]] was written as a way to introduce the new Bond actor. Namely, Creator/TimothyDalton, who was approached to take over as Bond in this film. In the end, Moore changed his mind, and [[Film/TheLivingDaylights Dalton would wait several years before he finally took over as Bond]].
** Creator/StevenSpielberg was reportedly interested in directing a Bond film and met with Broccoli regarding this film, but the producer explained he only wanted British directors; soon afterwards, with the help of Creator/GeorgeLucas Spielberg started work [[Franchise/IndianaJones on his own action franchise]].
* WrittenInAbsence: Because Bernard Lee had died before production started, M is explained as being on leave. Cubby Broccoli refused to recast the role out of respect, so his lines were given to Tanner.