Channel Hop: It was originally released by Warner Bros. , but official Bond distributor MGM purchased the rights to own every Bond film (as they won the rights to Casino Royale (1967) along with the book adaptation ones in a lawsuit).
Lippe (not Count Lippe), the Giant Mook that attacks Bond at the Shrublands, was played by the late Pat Roach, a British stunt man known for appearing in all of the Indiana Jones movies (most famously, he was the guy in Radiers Of The Lost Ark who was cut up by the airplane propeller).
Peter Hunt, who edited the first five Bond films and directed On Her Majesty's Secret Service, was approached to direct this movie, but declined lest Cubby Broccoli think him a "traitor."
After Sony acquired the Never Say Never Again rights through studio acquisitions, Sony hoped to parlay them into its own Bond franchise to compete with MGM's, with Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich at the helm. However, legal action by MGM blocked this attempt. Sony later outright acquired MGM, finally reuniting Never Say Never Again with the rest of the Bond canon under a single studio roof.