* ChannelHop: It was originally released by WarnerBros, but official Bond distributor MGM purchased the rights to own every Bond film (as they won the rights to ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'' along with the book adaptation ones in a lawsuit).
* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' starring RogerMoore. Neither movie particularly wowed critics, and made roughly the same amount of box office business.
* HeyItsThatGuy / WTHCastingAgency: How could [=MI6=] ever think that Series/MrBean was a good choice to look after Bond?
** He's not; [[RuleOfFunny 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.
** [[TheSeventhSeal Max Von Sydow]] is Blofeld!
** [[Literature/TheDayOfTheJackal Edward Fox]] is M!
** Lippe (not ''Count'' Lippe), the GiantMook 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 RadiersOfTheLostArk who was cut up by the airplane propeller).
* RealitySubtext: The title of the film refers to Sean Connery declaring he would '''''never''''' play Bond again after ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''. {{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 [[AsideGlance winks at the audience]].)''
* RetroactiveRecognition: Bernie Casey would later be known for appearing in [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] movies.
* 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."
** 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 DeanDevlin & RolandEmmerich 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. The Roland Emmerich & 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 half-jokingly mentioned rumours at the time that Liam Neeson was considered - meaning we could have had two dueling Irish Bonds.[[/note]]