Backed by MI6: MI6 initially moved to block the filming of a scene around their headquarters, citing security concerns, but were overruled by Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, saying "After all Bond has done for Britain, it was the least we could do for Bond".
Fake Brit: Elektra King, being half-British and half of Azeri descent, although her family had fled the Soviet Union many years earlier, manages to fit both this trope and Fake Russian at the same time, since she's played by Frenchwoman Sophie Marceau.
Fake Nationality: Renard, a Bosnian who worked for the KGB and then became a terrorist, is played by a Scot.
Fake Russian: Zukovsky, some others and half-way Elektra King- see above.
Star-Derailing Role: The much-maligned performance of Denise Richards pretty much derailed her rising career; her biggest role since this film was two years later as a middle-billed cast member in the slasher film Valentine.
Throw It In: The stunt of grabbing the cables on the Millenium Dome took several tries to get right. Apted put in one of the shots of the stuntman missing the cables to give a better sense of how hard it was.
You know how the Cold Open in this movie is the longest in the whole series? It was originally supposed to end after the bank scene in Spain, but test audiences thought that was too short. There had also been a plan for Elektra to survive and for Bond to visit her in the hospital where she was being treated for Stockholm Syndrome, but this was considered too downbeat.
Maria Grazia Cucinotta was considered for the role of Elektra, but this was nixed when it was discovered her English wasn't up to par. This did however, parlay into her brief but memorable role as the Cigar Girl Assassin.
Video game tie-ins for PlayStation 2 and PC were planned but cancelled. There were, however, versions on both the N64 and the PS1.