The filmmakers did not think that viewers would accept the relationship between Jaws and Dolly due to the height difference between them. Her role had been written for a giant lady to match Jaws' own size. It was only when Richard KielRichard Kiel pointed out that his actual wife was the same height as Dolly that they changed their minds. Jaws' (Richard KielRichard Kiel) height was 7 ft 2½ inches.
When work on the film began, NASA had in fact not yet officially "finalized" the design of the Space Shuttle. At the time of filming, the Approach/Landing Test with the Enterprise (OV-101) was completed in October 1977 whilst Columbia (OV-102) was under construction. Fortunately for the production designers, there were subsequently no visible changes made to the shuttle's design, making their rendering of it accurate.
The boat chase in Venice was slightly hampered by the fact that speed restrictions in the city were 5 knots.
The title song is sung by Shirley Bassey, the third and last time she did so in the [Bond] series. The other two were Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever. She also sang a version of the "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" song for Thunderball which was not used. To date, Bassey is the only singer to have performed a Bond title song more than once.
This was the highest grossing [Bond] movie up until the release of GoldenEye.
The film had the largest number of actors in weightlessness (on wires) ever filmed.
For the fight between James Bond and Chang, the film had the largest amount of break-away sugar glass used in a single scene.