In the scene where Major Amasova couldn't drive stick, Barbara Bach, Anya's actress, actually couldn't drive stick: Moore's snarky responses were unscripted!
Roger Moore decided last minute it would be much more dramatic if he was sitting in the chair instead standing behind it when the gun underneath the dining table was fired. The special effects team had only reinforced the back of the chair for the original planned shot, which meant Moore risked serious injury if he didn't leap away in time.
According to production designer Ken Adam, that was a look of real panic on Barbara Bach's face in the scene where the tunnels of Atlantis are flooding because she didn't expect such a powerful deluge of water.
Fake Nationality: Russian secret agent Anya is played by Barbara Bach, an American actress.
The last point is arguable. Beginning with You Only Live Twice, the movies tended to incorporate the setting, a few characters, and (maybe) the general plot of the book while going off in their own direction. It is true that this one was the first Bond film that had NOTHING to do with the source material other than the title, though.
The one thing that is kept is a villain with steel-capped teeth. Though, in the book Sol Horowitz (aka Sol Horror) is described as thin and lizardlike, whereas Jaws is.....well, Jaws.
Old Shame: Ian Fleming hated the book, which was basically the memoir of a young Canadian woman who gets an abortion in Switzerland then works at a hotel where a mob scheme is about to take place, and Bond just so happens to be spending the night. He doesn't even enter the picture until 2/3 of the way through.
It makes even less sense than the above. First she goes to boarding school, then she fumbles with some guy in the cinema, then she meets the German jerk who leads to the abortion, then she's riding around America on a scooter (no, seriously), stops at a motel, where she runs into the gangsters, and James Bond just HAPPENS to get a flat tire nearby in time to save her. Did we mention this is told in the first person by said girl, and the narration includes the immortal line "All women love semi-rape"? Fleming rightly realized this literary experiment was a case of Epic Fail.
The Red Stapler: After this movie, demand for white Lotus Espirits grew so much that new customers were put on a three-year waiting list.
Throw It In: In the scene where Major Amasova couldn't drive stick, Barbara Bach, Anya's actress, actually couldn't drive stick: Moore's snarky responses were unscripted!
Stromberg was originally going to be Blofeld before the legal rights squashed that idea.
Reportedly, one script draft featured the arrival of a "new" SPECTRE, comprised of former members of various real life terrorist groups. The film would've opened with the new group raiding SPECTRE HQ and killing off the organization's old guard before taking over.
Steven Spielberg was considered to direct, but was rejected because he was thought to be inexperienced.
James Mason was considered to star as Stromberg.
Albert R. Broccoli wanted Lois Chiles to star as Anya, but she was taking a break from acting at the time. She would star as Holly Goodhead in the next movie Moonraker.