* AbsenteeActor: Q is absent from the film. Desmond Llewelyn was then appearing in the show ''Follyfoot'', but was written out of three episodes to appear in the film. The producers decided not to include the character, feeling that "too much was being made of the films' gadgets", and decided to downplay this aspect of the series, much to Llewelyn's annoyance.
* BreakawayPopHit: The titular song by Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/{{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 Music/GunsNRoses. 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.
* TheCastShowOff: Geoffrey Holder choreographed his own dance sequences.
* ExecutiveMeddling: 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 BigBad's henchmen are black except her, but the executives felt racial tensions at the time meant that TheWorldIsNotReady for a black Bond Girl (at least one that isn't TheMole). Indeed, it wasn't until 2002's ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', that Bond was given a black romantic lead.
* FountainOfExpies: Baron Samedi.
* TheOtherDarrin
** Creator/RogerMoore replaces Creator/SeanConnery (who had technically replaced Creator/GeorgeLazenby.)
** David Hedison also becomes the ''fifth'' actor to play Felix Leiter (he became the first one to [[Film/LicenceToKill reprise it]]).
* TheRedStapler: 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 [[http://www.jamesbondlifestyle.com/product/tarot-witches-cards-fergus-hall: Tarot of the Witches]].
* SameLanguageDub: Regular Bond voice artist Nikki Van der Zyl dubbed much of Jane Seymour's dialogue.
* ThrowItIn
** 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 Creator/RogerMoore on the set when Julius Harris fumbled with his watch. It subsequently became Harris's nickname throughout the production.
* {{Tuckerization}}: Dr. Kananga was named after the guy who owned the crocodile farm seen in the film. [[spoiler: The feet you see running on top of the crocodiles when Bond escapes said farm? Those were Kananga's, and those were real crocodiles.]]
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Easily one of the most dated Bond films. Dig those '70s fashions!
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The production crew originally wanted Solitaire to be black and the CIA contact/[[spoiler:traitor]] to be white.
** Music/DianaRoss was considered for Solitaire (see above), as was Creator/CatherineDeneuve.
** 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. Creator/MichaelSheard 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.