Contributed by: Willem Kulpe
One of Connery's terms for playing the Bond part again was that the Felix Leiter role was to be played by a black actor, therefore Bernie Casey was cast.
Orson Welles was originally going to play Blofeldt, and Trevor Howard was to appear as "M".
Sean Connery has said that he wanted to portray Bond as a little older, more rumpled and without the toupee, but was overruled by the producers.
Author Kevin McClory enlisted the help of Len Deighton and Sean Connery when writing the script, prior to Connery agreeing to return as Bond.
The producers apparently planned to have a gunbarrel-style opening sequence along the lines of the regular Bond series and music was composed for this. Ultimately, this idea was abandoned.
The motorcycle that Bond uses is a disguised Yamaha 650 Turbo Seca.
The martial arts instructor on this film was a then unknown Steven Seagal who a one point accidentally broke Sean Connery's wrist while teaching him a move.
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