The film's title was originally "Warhead" but was changed and became an in joke on Sean Connery
's refusal to play 007 ever again. He was eventually paid $5 million, which made him the highest paid British actor to date.
Contributed by: Brendan Joyce
This is the last film in which Sean Connery appears completely clean-shaven. In fact, the only two movies where Connery has been without a mustache or beard in the last 32 years are "Never Say Never again", and "Diamonds Are Forever".
The 1971 "Anderson Tapes" feature Sean Connery clean shaven, but also visibly balding - something that is quite rare.
(who plays "M") has also appeared in such films as "Gandhi," "Force 10 of Navarone," and (in what many consider his best role) as the assasin in "The Day of the Jackal."
The actor Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) played Nigel Small-Fawcett. He later did the spy spoof 'Johnny English' (2003) as a James Bond type.
Author Kevin McClory (co-writer of Thunderball (1965) had won the legal right to make his own 007 film, possibly starring Timothy Dalton, as long as production started after 1975 and the story was based on Thunderball (1965). Legal fights with the producers of the regular Bond films have delayed this production.
Contributed by: Robert Baum
Valerie Leon had also appeared in the "official" James Bond film The Spy who loved Me.
An early plot had SPECTRE attacking Wall Street from the sewers of New York, in giant mechanical sharks.
Contributed by: Noah Rahman And Adam Wheatley
At the very end, the messenger sent by MI6 to beg Bond to come back is none other than Rowan Atkinson of Mr. Bean fame.
Contributed by: John Bruner
The large man Sean Connery fights in the health spa was played by wrestler Pat Roach, the same actor who played the large bald German mechanic Harrison Ford fought around the flying wing plane in "Raiders of the Lost Ark
McClory hoped this would be the first of a second series of Bond films. Titles like "James Bond of the Secret Service" and "SPECTRE" were publicized. The project never materialized.
Although the characters of M and Moneypenny are present, Q has been renamed "Algernon."
Contributed by: Stefan Andrews
The Motorcycle design was used again for the animated series MASK. It was called Condor and could convert into a Helicopter. Anyone who owned the toy and has seen NSNA will spot this.
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Myth: Timothy Dalton
is definitely sitting to the right of Fatima in SPECTURE HQ when discussing their "Tears Of Allah" project. He would later play James Bond.
Timothy Dalton definitely does NOT have a cameo in this film. It doesn't make sense that Dalton would turn up in an un-official Bond film, when 4 years later he became James Bond in the offical EON produced series. It's just someone who looks similar to him. Also another common confusion is that he apparently appears in the casino scene, when Kim Basinger walks past a man who also looks similar to Dalton.