Dolled-Up Installment: "Quantum of Solace" just started with the tale of the marriage, but Fleming put a framing device of Bond being told the story at a cocktail party so he could put it in this collection.
Inspiration for the Work: "Quantum of Solace" was based on a story told to Fleming by his neighbour and lover Blanche Blackwell about a real-life police inspector, who Fleming turned into the civil servant, Philip Masters. As thanks for the story, Fleming bought Blackwell a Cartier watch.
What Could Have Been: "From a View to a Kill" was initially intended to be the backstory for Hugo Drax, the villain of Moonraker. The story would have taken place during World War II, and featured Drax as the motorcycle assassin who crashes his bike and is taken to an American field hospital. Later, the hospital is bombed, leaving Drax with amnesia and a disfigured face.
Working Title: "For Your Eyes Only" was originally called Man's Work.
Author Existence Failure: By the time the film was written, Bernard Lee was in the final stages of his stomach cancer, and thus couldn't reprise his role. Therefore, M is explained as being on leave. Albert R. Broccoli refused to have him replaced for the film out of respect, so his lines were given to Bill Tanner. The scene with Q in the confessional was originally to have M (indeed, the scene makes far more sense if you imagine Bond is talking to his boss rather than the guy who makes his gadgets). Lee eventually died on January 16, 1981, while filming was wrapping up. Robert Brown's M (possibly a promoted Admiral Hargreaves from The Spy Who Loved Me) replaced him starting with Octopussy.
Roger Moore hated the final scene with Margaret Thatcher. He felt it didn't suit the serious tone of the rest of the film. He also didn't like getting a clue about the ATAC from a parrot. Moore thought it the type of silliness his Bond films were usually criticized for being.
The veteran screenwriter of the franchise, Richard Maibaum, wasn't too fond of the film.
We tried to return to the earlier films with For Your Eyes Only but we didn't have Sean to make it real. And I was very disappointed with the way the love story was handled. The whole idea was that the great lover James Bond can't get to first base with this woman because she was so obsessed with avenging her parents' death. Nothing was ever done with it. It was as if the director didn't feel there was a love story there at all.
Lynn-Holly Johnson, 22 when the movie came out, plays the underaged (16, according to some sources) Bibi Dahl that Bond refuses to bed. Contrast Carole Bouquet, only a year older, whose character seems to be in her late twenties, who ends up in bed with Bond.
Roger Moore himself. Already older at the time of his first film than many Bond actors were when they left the role, this movie officially made him the oldest actor to play Bond, at 53 years old when it premiered.note Sean Connery was 53 when he returned for Never Say Never Again after leaving the role at 37 and again at 41; everyone else who played 007 more than once filmed their last Bond movie in their mid-to-late 40s except Daniel Craig, who did his last Bond film at age 51. It's painfully obvious in Bond's romantic scenes with Melina, whose actress, Carole Bouquet, was exactly 30 years younger than Moore.
Inverted with Kristatos, who is supposed to be a WWII veteran, yet Julian Glover was born in 1935.
The first involved a scene on the Havelock's boat just before Bond starts working with Melina on the case. Melina tells Bond that she tried to call him at his hotel room, to which he replied that he didn't make it back last night. Clearly jealous, Melina replies that she is not interested in Bond's sex life, who in turn replies that he has more serious matters to discuss. The scene ends with Melina and Bond entering her cabin. Director John Glen cut the scene as he felt it did not fit Melina's character.
The second major cut was to the ice hockey fight sequence. The action was originally longer, featuring more stunts and Bond taking control of a Zamboni ice rink machine. The scene in the final film ends at the third period buzzer, but extra shots were filmed of Bond dumping snow from the machine on the three goons trapped in the net, and a final reveal shot of actor Charles Dance as one of the skaters.
German hitman Eric Kriegler is played by British actor John Wyman, Cuban hitman Hector Gonzales is played by Indian-Trinidadian actor Stefan Kalipha, and Belgian hitman Emile Leopold Locque is played by English actor Michael Gothard.
Recurring character Russian General Gogol is played by the German character actor Walter Gotell.
English actress Jill Bennett plays the Germanic/Scandanavian skating coach Jacoba Brink.
The real kicker is the famous lampshade-hanging scene with the Austrian Countess von Schlaff who turns out to be from Liverpool (played by the late Australian actress Cassandra Harris, wife of Pierce Brosnan until she died in 1991).
Fatal Method Acting: Stuntman Paolo Rigonu became the first fatality on a James Bond movie set. He was killed when the bobsled he was driving overturned while shooting the film's chase scene in Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Recycled Script: Aside from the basic "Beautiful girl and a decoder machine" plot nabbed from From Russia with Love, many of the details are strongly reminiscent of On Her Majesty's Secret Service. In both films Bond is with a Countess, on a beach, threatened by mooks, kicks a gun out of a mook's hand, and he's wearing a tuxedo sans jacket. Both films show Bond at a casino with the aforementioned Countess. Both times the women are losing at baccarat. The opening teaser sequence shows Tracy Bond's grave and Blofeld in a neck-brace. Also the fact in this film Melina is Half-English, Half-Greek. In OHMSS Tracy was Half-English, Half-Italian. Both films have Bond allied with a crime syndicate figure who doesn't sell drugs. Bond also escapes in both films by riding in the car of the female lead who does the majority of the driving. Both films have a wedding scene and Bond riding in a helicopter piloted by someone else. Both films have Bond speaking with a "priest" at some point. Both films are set in the Alps at one point, show a Bond Girl on ice,have Bond on skis getting shot at, and have a bobsled track fight/battle sequence. Mountain climbers are shown in both at some point. Both films have a Germanic female character who is in charge of a girl/girls. Finally, in both films Bond and his crime syndicate ally assault a mountaintop lair.
Wag the Director: Attempted, but failed by Roger Moore, who disliked the scene where Bond kicks Locque's car over the edge of the cliff. He suggested that the scene be changed so that the car falls over by itself after Bond gives Locque his "calling card" back, but director John Glen said that his suggestion was the type of silly stuff they were trying to get away from.