- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza, with the mystical narration.
- In fairness, that's not the movie's fault, and its inclusion adds a touch of realism. If you're at the Pyramids of Giza at night, that light show will be playing. That said, the whole Sound and Light Show (which is still playing today, with the same narration) is basically an hour-long Big Lipped Alligator Moment.
- Crowning Moment of Awesome
- Crowning Music of Awesome: "Nobody Does It Better" is regarded as one of the best, if not the best, of the Bond themes—#67 on AFI's "Songs" List.
- Marvin Hamlisch's whole score counts as well.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Jaws, who along with Oddjob is one of the most popular villain henchmen of all time. The guy became so popular that he's so far one of the only two James Bond villains that were allowed to return to a sequel, and when people hear Bond villain, he's likely the one that will be remembered first. It's probably the steel teeth.
- Evil Is Sexy: Caroline Munro as Naomi.
- Growing the Beard: Roger Moore had finally found his niche playing Bond in this film.
- Ho Yay / Worthy Opponent: M and General Gogol. After British and Soviet forces decide to work together, Gogol calls M "Miles", M calls Gogol "Alexis", and they act overly friendly to each other. Bond and Anya give a WTF look to each other after witnessing this scene.
- Magnum Opus: Many, including Roger Moore himself, consider this to be the best of Moore's 007 films (with the remainder considering For Your Eyes Only to be the best).
- Memetic Mutation: The X Who Y'ed Me
- Memetic Bystander: The guy drinking wine when the Lotus surfaces at the beach. Not only does he reappear in the following two films, he's slowly developing a meme.
- Recycled Script: It uses some ideas of You Only Live Twice. (and then Moonraker outright employed Recycled IN SPACE! with TSWLM)
- Rooting for the Empire: Richard Kiel has recounted how Jaws' survival at the end was met with giant applause at several screenings. He might be a villain, but he's such a Determinator that after a while you sort of root for him.
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: A return to form after the tepid The Man with the Golden Gun.
- Special Effects Failure: The boat carrying Anya, when jettisoned, is clearly just a model.
- Win Back the Crowd: It had been years since there was a great and successful Bond film. Then this movie came out, and the franchise was revitalized.
- Unfortunate Implications: Vivienne equates Bond making love to her to a man claiming his prize after vanquishing a dragon, following it with the infamous claim that "all women love semi-rape". Many reviews mention the moment in negative fashion.