Trivia: Never Say Never Again

  • 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).
  • Dueling Movies: With Octopussy starring Roger Moore. Neither movie particularly wowed critics, and made roughly the same amount of box office business.
  • Hey, It's That Guy! / WTH, Casting Agency?: How could MI6 ever think that Mr. Bean was a good choice to look after Bond?
    • He's not; thats the whole point. In-universe, he's probably just the only guy they've got in that area. He even outright states he's not used to this sort of thing, the spying business.
    • Max Von Sydow is Blofeld!
    • 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).
  • Reality Subtext: The title of the film refers to Sean Connery declaring he would never play Bond again after Diamonds Are Forever. Lampshaded in the final lines.
    Small-Fawcett: M says that without you in the service, he fears for the security of the civilized world.
    Bond: Never again.
    Domino: Never?
    (The soundtrack begins, "Never, never say never again, never, never say never again!" as Connery winks at the audience.)
  • Retroactive Recognition: Bernie Casey would later be known for appearing in Hannibal Lecter movies.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • 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.