Breakaway Pop Hit: The titular song by Paul McCartney and Wings is almost inarguably the most famous Bond theme of them all, as it continues to get heavy airplay on classic rock stations to this day, as does its cover by Guns N' Roses. Could be safe to assume that there are younger fans of the genre and song who aren't even aware that it's from a Bond film.
Cast the Expert: Geoffrey Holder was not only an imposing (he stood at 6'6) yet jovial presence that was perfect for Baron Samedi, but he also choreographed the voodoo cult scenes, as he was a professional choreographer in addition to an actor.
Executive Meddling: The writers originally wanted to cast a black actress to play Solitaire, even considering Diana Ross for the role. It would have made more sense since all of the Big Bad's henchmen are black except her, but the executives felt racial tensions at the time meant that The World Is Not Ready for a black Bond Girl (at least one that isn't The Mole). Indeed, it wasn't until 2002's Die Another Day, that Bond was given a black romantic lead.
David Hedison also becomes the fifth actor to play Felix Leiter (he became the first one to reprise it).
Recycled Script: The film has a lot in common with Dr. No - a British agent is killed by seemingly innocuous passersby, we Bond in his flat, Bond is menaced in his hotel room by a creepy crawly, there's a bogus taxi driver working for the villain, Bond and Quarrel sail out to the villain's domain under cover of night and the villain keeps islanders at bay by resurrecting mythological terrors with the aid of modern technology. Both were filmed in Jamaica and both introduced an actor as Bond.
The Red Stapler: Solitaire's Tarot deck was a prop designed by artist Fergus Hall specifically for use in the film. It was later sold briefly as the 007 deck before being renamed as the Tarot of the Witches.
A speedboat crashing into a police car and utterly wrecking it was an accident, but no one was hurt and it looked great on camera, so they kept it in.
Bond's quip to Tee Hee "Butterhook?" was ad libbed by Roger Moore on the set when Julius Harris fumbled with his watch. It subsequently became Harris's nickname throughout the production.
Bond was originally going to succeed in using the boat to escape the crocodiles, until the farm's owner showed the crew how he could run across their backs. Everyone agreed this was too awesome to not put in the movie.
Several scenes and lines in Tom Mankiewicz's screenplay were dropped from the film:
The most noticeable loss was of an opening scene in which James Bond was to have met an old man in a garden at night. The man was to have handed over a pair of special contact lenses. They are disturbed by the approach of enemy agents and Bond tries to help the man escape by assisting him over a high wall that surrounds the garden. But too late, Bond discovers that the garden is in fact on the top of a very high building and his contact falls to his death. Michael Sheard was cast as the man, but the scene was never filmed.
Quarrel Jr demonstrates the gas pellet gun that Bond will eventually use to kill Kananga while he and Bond are out shark fishing.
A dialogue reference to Quarrel's father and his encounter with Bond ["His father and I locked horns with a doctor named No several years ago"] was omitted.
A scene in which Kananga threatens to cut off Tee Hee's arms and feed it to the crocodiles when he harms Solitaire was also removed.