Actor Allusion: In the fight in the dancer's dressing-room, Bond sprays one of the villains in the face with an aerosol can of what is clearly Brut-33, a nod to the Fabergé company with which Roger Moore was associated.
Blooper: Saida's mirror gets pushed out of alignment during a fight scene, bringing the camera crew into view.
John Barry disliked his score on the film in general, having only three weeks to do it. "It's the one I hate most ... it just never happened for me." He also regretted adding a whistle to the Do a Barrel Roll stunt. Guy Hamilton also agreed that this was a bad idea.
Cubby Broccoli told an interviewer that there are parts of this film that he'd liked to redo.
Roger Moore reportedly has apologized several times over the years for the scene where he pushes a kid off his motorboat riding through Bangkok. He was also uncomfortable with the scene where he roughs up Maud Adams.
After being behind several well done Bond movies including Goldfinger, the tepid reaction to this movie ensured Guy Hamilton wouldn't be involved with another Bond movie, and he did not quite enjoy the success he once had (Golden Gun is one of only two films in the Bond canon that actually killed a non-actor's career; Die Another Day is the other).
It was also the last film Harry Saltzman was involved in before he dropped out of the series; Saltzman only oversaw two more films past Golden Gun before he died.
Dawson Casting: One of the schoolgirl martial artists is played by Qiu Yuen, who was born in 1948. She must have been around 24 at the time.
Enforced Method Acting: Britt Ekland admitted to being terrified when filming the scene where she and Roger Moore escape from Scaramanga's island. In his autobiography, Moore pointed out one particular shot, right before the second explosion goes off, when Ekland falls to the floor; according to Ekland that wasn't acting. Moore came back, picked her up, and helped her go on. His arm was around her back as the second explosion went off, and he felt the tiny hairs on her skin get singed.
Fountain of Expies: Scaramanga ranks with Goldfinger and Blofeld as one of the most recognizable of all Bond villains.
Missing Trailer Scene: The original teaser trailer featured scenes from the showdown on the beach between Bond and Scaramanga that were cut from the final release: While Bond is chasing Scaramanga on his island, he throws a Molotov cocktail and shoot it to explode into a ball of flames. The duel was shortened, as the producers felt it was causing pacing problems.
The Red Stapler: Scaramanga's island hideout has since become a tourist attraction. During filming, the island was deserted.
Star-Making Role: Herve Vilechaize's role as Nick Nack made him famous. In fact, prior to this movie, Villechaize was so poor that he was living out of his car in Los Angeles!
Troubled Production: Initial plans to film in Iran were abandoned after the Yom Kippur war, and writer Tom Mankiewicz was forced to leave "feeling really tapped out on Bond", bringing back recurring screenwriter Richard Maibaum.
Besides its '70s fashion, the film dates itself with its extensive talk about the energy crisis, and MI6's use of the wreck of the Queen Elizabeth as covert headquarters. note Declared a shipping hazard and dismantled for scrap between 1974 and 1975, with the unsalvageable remains of the hull being blasted and now completely submerged on the seabed The martial arts school also points itself to the Kung Fu craze of the 70s.
Also of note are the various cars from American Motors Company, most prominently the Matador and the Hornet, during the height of that company's power and recognition in the 1970s.
Harry Saltzman wanted an elephant stampede in the movie so Bond and Scaramanga could chase each other on elephant back. The rest of the creative team balked at the idea, but Saltzman went to see an elephant trainer. It turns out that elephants need a special shoe on their feet to protect them from rough surfaces when they work. A few months later, while filming in Thailand, Albert R. Broccoli got a call saying his elephant shoes were ready. Saltzman had ordered about 2,600 pairs of them. The sequence was not in the movie, but the man who made the shoe had not been paid. As of 1990, Eon Productions still owed him.
Two scenes written by Richard Maibaum were either eliminated or shortened before filming began:
The first had Q at Hong Kong airport trying to persuade Bond to use a gadget-laden camera on his trip to Thailand and being forced to admit that the one thing it couldn't do was take photographs.
The second set of changes were made to the climactic battle between Bond and Scaramanga which was originally planned to be much longer.
In earlier versions of the script, Nick Nack was originally called Demi Tasse and Hai Fat had a business partner called Lo Fat, a character which was scrapped.
Britt Ekland auditioned for the role of Andrea Anders, but landed the Goodnight role after posing in a bikini.