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The film

  • Based on a Dream: The plot came about when Albert R. Broccoli had a dream, where his close friend Howard Hughes was replaced by an imposter.
  • California Doubling: The scene in South Africa was filmed in Nevada.
  • Cast the Expert: Shady Tree was played by a real life stand up comic, Leonard Barr.
  • Cast the Runner-Up: Jill St. John was originally considered for Plenty O'Toole, while Lana Wood initially thought she'd be playing Tiffany Case.
  • Creator Backlash:
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    • Like he did for Goldfinger, co-producer Harry Saltzman hated the Shirley Bassey theme song.
    • Screenwriter Richard Maibaum hated Tom Mankiewicz's changes to the script, more specifically the change of Goldfinger's twin brother for Blofeld and the whole climax, which would be an exciting maritime pursuit in Las Vegas, for an endless action scene on an oil rig.
  • Deleted Role:
    • Sammy Davis Jr. filmed a cameo that ended up on the cutting room floor.
    • When Bond arrives in Amsterdam we can see a riverboat. A scene was cut in the editing where we were to see the son of Harry Saltzman as a passenger of this boat who called his mother to show him Mrs. Whistler's corpse. He was seated next to Jill St. John during the scene and, according to the James Bond Club France, he did not enjoy her company at all.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • A cameo by Sammy Davis Jr..
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    • Wint and Kidd killing Shady Tree with a "Bang!" Flag Gun that fires real bullets.
    • Plenty O'Toole having dinner with Bond, ending with Plenty inviting herself to Bond's apartment. Then, after the "pervert's convention" throws her out the window, Plenty returns to Bond's apartment soaking wet and wearing nothing but a white Modesty Towel to hide her shame in the hopes of retrieving her clothes and to see what has become of Bond. After seeing him having sex with Tiffany an angry Plenty almost leaves... but not before going through Tiffany's purse and finding her address, explaining how Wint and Kidd confused her with Tiffany.
  • Executive Meddling: When the film aired on ABC the network had the scene where Lana Wood, as Plenty O'Toole, walked around wearing nothing but a flimsy pair of see through pink panties artificially altered to make it appear as though she were wearing a black bra with black panties - despite the fact that her backless purple satin dress clearly showed that she had no bra.
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  • Fatal Method Acting: Closely averted by Lana Wood when the cement block she was tied to in the swimming pool slipped down the sloping floor of the pool and dragged her underneath. Fortunately crew members spotted and rescued her.
  • Hostility on the Set: Relationships between Sean Connery and the Eon producers (Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman) were acrimonious at best since at least You Only Live Twice (he felt underpaid among other things, which is why he left the series after that film). Connery was brought back with a huge paycheck after the exit of George Lazenby, and proved difficult to work with on the set of Diamonds are Forever. He outright refused to act whenever Saltzman showed up on the set. He might have reprised the role in a rival production to the series in 1983, Never Say Never Again, partly out of spite.
  • In Memoriam: For the broadcasting of the film on ITV on 20th December 2020, they ran a dedication card to Sean Connery before the film begins.
  • Looping Lines:
    • Lana Wood's lines were looped in post-production for some reason.
    • In the first scene, the man that is being attacked by Bond speaks without moving his mouth in any way, suggesting that the voice over was dubbed on top after recording, or the man in question wasn't intended to have any lines.
  • Missing Trailer Scene:
    • The trailer contains a brief shot of Bond's feet wearing sandals right before he confronts Marie on the beach. This was the original plan to re-introduce Connery as Bond in the flesh.
    • One of the trailers shows Professor Metz trapped in the control room as it explodes explosions, implying that he dies. The final film leaves his fate unexplained.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Sean Connery received $1,250,000 to come back for the role, but used it to set up a charity to help poorer families in Scotland with their education costs.
  • Old Shame: Defied, at least as far as Jill St. John is concerned. In the Bond Girls Are Forever TV special, she has a few fairly scornful things to say about actresses who view their Bond Girl roles this way.
  • One for the Money; One for the Art: Sean Connery agreed to do his last James Bond film for Eon Productions for a fee of £1.2 million, which he used to found the Scottish International Education Trust, an arts funding company for Scottish artists.
  • The Original Darrin: Sean Connery would make his return playing Bond for the final time in the franchise.
  • The Other Darrin: Blofeld (which makes him get hair this time) and Leiter (the fourth actor to portray him).
  • Reality Subtext:
    • M telling Bond that MI6 functions in his absence was in-joke regarding Sean Connery's four year hiatus from the series.
    • M declines a drink due to his liver. Bernard Lee was a heavy drinker in real life that made him infamously unreliable.
  • Real Life Writes the Hairstyle: Lois Maxwell had dyed her hair red for another role, hence why Moneypenny wears a hat in the film.
  • Role Reprise: Sean Connery was offered a really hefty sum by the producers to come back in the role after the fiasco that was George Lazenby's departure after only one film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Then he left the series once and for all (he reprised the role once again in 1983, but not in the series).
  • Romance on the Set: Sean Connery had flings with both Jill St. John and Lana Wood during filming.
  • Scully Box: Lana Wood needed one when on screen with Sean Connery. Except of course, in the scenes where she was lacking her clothes, for which she was given extra high heels to wear in order to compensate for the height difference, as a body double would not have worked for obvious reasons.
  • Technology Marches On: The codes that control the satellite are stored on a tape cassette that protrudes prominently in Tiffany's bikini bottom. Today, a flash drive would've been more discreet, though there'd still be the communication SNAFU between Bond and Tiffany.
  • What Could Have Been: Enough for its own page.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • Charles Gray (Blofeld) earlier played a British agent in You Only Live Twice. Ironically, said agent is murdered by SPECTRE, so he is basically playing the man ultimately responsible for his own death.
    • David Bauer (Morton Slumber) had previously played an American diplomat in You Only Live Twice and Shane Rimmer (Tom) played a Hawaii Radar Operator in the same film (and would go on to play a bigger role as the American sub captain in The Spy Who Loved Me).

The novel

  • In Memoriam: The book is dedicated to "the memory of W. W. Jr., at Saratoga, 1954 and 55". This is a tribute to William Woodward Jr., a socialite Ian Fleming met in Saratoga Springs, whose car - Studillac - appears in the story. He was killed by his wife, who mistook him for a prowler.
  • Recycled Script: In a lot of ways, the book is a remake of Live and Let Die - Bond goes to America, battles a gang that specializes in smuggling some precious mineral, and entices a High-Heel–Face Turn from its sole female member, a woman who had previously sworn off men.
  • Write What You Know: Ian Fleming's voyage on the Queen Elizabeth provided background information for the final four chapters.

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