* CaliforniaDoubling: France doubles for California.
* CreatorBacklash: While certainly not the film of which he's most ashamed, Creator/RogerMoore has often made fun of himself and this movie for the absurdity of the plot.
* TheDanza: Corrine Clery as Corrine Dufour.
* FakeNationality: Chang: Chinese character, Japanese actor.
* FollowTheLeader: Moonraker was made when it was because of the success of ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* FountainOfExpies: Jaws tends to be one one of the most referenced ''James Bond'' henchmen in media, alogside maybe Oddjob from ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''.
* RecursiveAdaptation: The film is [[InNameOnly so unrelated]] to [[Literature/{{Moonraker}} the novel]] that it received a {{Novelization}}.
* RecycledScript: The film is very much a rehash of ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', only [-IN SPACE!-] instead of underwater. Several scenes and plot beats, including the villain's EvilPlan, are pretty much the same.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
** Before he orders her and Bond to be executed, Drax tells Holly [[FalseReassurance "Your desire to become America's first woman in space will shortly be fulfilled"]], which points itself to pre-1983, when Sally Ride became the first female American astronaut (the first ever female astronaut was Valentina Tereshkova of the Soviet Union in 1963). Let's just [[MST3KMantra forget that Holly had actually gotten into space]] already by that point.
** An inversion (though only at the time of its release): at the time ''Moonraker'' was made, NASA was intending to launch its first space shuttle in 1979, which would have made the film very timely. Unfortunately, NASA had to delay the launch for two years, rendering the film unexpectedly something that was before its time.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** James Mason was considered for the part of Drax, but turned it down. Michael Lonsdale was likely selected due to the movie's French financing (and he does sound somewhat like Mason).
** Carole Bouquet was slated to play Holly Goodhead before she had to turn it down, only to play the Bond girl in the next film, ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''.
** [[Series/CharliesAngels Jaclyn Smith]] was offered the role of Holly Goodhead, but she turned it down.
** Music/KateBush and Creator/FrankSinatra were asked to sing the title song, but they declined. Music/JohnnyMathis was attached, but dropped out.
** The woman with General Gogol was originally supposed to be Anya Amasova from ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''.
** The crew had shot a scene with Drax meeting his co-financiers in his jungle lair and they used the same chamber room below the space shuttle launch pad that Bond and Goodhead eventually escape from. This scene was shot but later cut out. Another scene involving Bond and Goodhead in a meditation room aboard Drax's space station, was shot but never used in the final film.
** The original script contained scenes that ended up in future Bond films - an Arcostar Minijet, knife throwing twins (''{{Film/Octopussy}}'') and a parachute jump from The Eiffel Tower (''Film/AViewToAKill'').