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  • 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.
  • Creator Backlash: Like he did for Goldfinger, co-producer Harry Saltzman hated the Shirley Bassey theme song.
  • Deleted Role: Sammy Davis Jr. filmed a cameo that ended up on the cutting room floor.
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  • Cast the Runner-Up: Jill St. John was originally considered for Plenty O'Toole.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • A cameo by Sammy Davis Jr..
    • 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.
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  • Looping Lines: Lana Wood's lines were looped in post-production for some reason.
  • 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 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).
  • 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.
  • 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).


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