* ChannelHop: It was originally released by Creator/WarnerBros, but official Bond distributor MGM purchased the rights to the film from its producers in 1997 (as a prelude to winning the rights to ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'' along with the book adaptation ones as a settlement of a lawsuit). Eventually, they obtained all remaining rights to Blofeld and SPECTRE, but only after Kevin [=McClory=] died and his sons took over. Even so, it appears as though MGM doesn't want to acknowledge the fact that they own the rights to this film. All video copies post-1997 do not feature the studio's logo on the packaging, and this film now opens with the logo for Creator/OrionPictures, which MGM owns, unlike the other Bond films which open with either a Creator/UnitedArtists logo or Leo the Lion (or both).
* CreatorKiller: While he never went broke (he was filthy rich), Kevin [=McClory=]'s obsession with this film, his highly bitter and well publicized legal and possible personal feud with Albert Broccoli and then his daughter and stepson after Cubby died, along with this film not impressing critics as much as hoped, led to him never being visible on high level Hollywood again.
* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' starring Creator/RogerMoore. Neither movie particularly wowed critics, and they made roughly the same amount of box office business. However in retrospect, ''Octopussy'' is usually considered the winner, with ''Never Say Never Again'' proving even more polarizing among fans as the "unofficial" Bond film. ''Octopussy'' also won the box office by a few million dollars margin, and the series continued, while Kevin [=McClory=]'s Bond film projects fell into oblivion. The latter died in 2006 and his family sold the rights to ''Thunderball'', Blofeld and SPECTRE to Eon Productions in 2013, bringing them back in the official Bond series.
* RealitySubtext: The title of the film refers to Sean Connery declaring he would '''''never''''' play Bond again after ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d 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 [[AsideGlance winks at the audience]].]''
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** Bernie Casey would later be known for appearing in the ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds'' movies.
** Nigel Small-Fawcett is played by Creator/RowanAtkinson, years before ''Series/MrBean''.
* ShoutOut: Clement and Lefrenais reuse the dialogue from the urine test scene from the first episode of the first series of ''Series/{{Porridge}}''. This was Connery's suggestion, apparently. So Sean Connery is playing Bond playing Norman Stanley Fletcher.
* StillbornFranchise: Kevin [=McClory=] had long hoped to create a rival Bond series to go up against the official Eon series lead by the minds of Saltzman and Broccoli. This film was the first attempt to achieve this and only received modest critical and financial success, ultimately putting a halt to that effort. After [=McClory=] passed on in 2006, his family abandoned his longstanding lawsuit against Eon, and with it any further effort towards a new film series.
* WagTheDirector: Creator/SeanConnery had a lot of input over casting and crew choices, including vetoing the hiring of James Horner as the film's composer.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Peter Hunt, who edited the first five Bond films and directed ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', was approached to direct this movie, but declined lest Cubby Broccoli think him a "traitor."
** Creator/RogerMoore was to appear in a cameo alongside Connery at the end, which could have been epic. The decision was scrapped most likely for the above reason.
** After Sony acquired the ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'' rights through studio acquisitions, Sony hoped to parlay them into its own Bond franchise to compete with MGM's, with Creator/RolandEmmerich and Dean Devlin at the helm. However, legal action by MGM blocked this attempt. As part of the legal action, MGM bought out ''Never Say Never Again'', and they would then buy the 1967 ''[[Film/CasinoRoyale1967 Casino Royale]]'' as a result of the settlement with Sony, uniting the entire Bond canon under one single roof. Sony later led a group that would own MGM for a time, resulting them releasing every Craig-era Bond film to date. The Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin effort actually got as far as a script draft, titled ''Warhead 2000'' and still lurking around the internet. No potential Bond ever reached official consideration though.[[note]]Some have mentioned rumours at the time that Liam Neeson was considered - meaning we could have had two dueling Irish Bonds.[[/note]]
** Kevin [=McClory=] sought to make yet another independent film remake of ''Thunderball'' with Timothy Dalton as the lead, but these plans were eventually scrapped. As such, the rival Bond series [=McClory=] sought to produce never materialized, and his demands for the rights to ''Thunderball'' were again torpedoed in 2001 when his suit was rejected. Any further ideas of a rival Bond movie died with [=McClory=] in 2006, and his family did not share the same desire to go forward with a rival Bond series as he did, selling the rights back to EON in 2013 and removing the remaining legal snags between the official Bond series and Spectre, which led to the organization as a whole [[Film/{{Spectre}} returning in 2015]].