This is the first [Star Trek] film in which none of the original [Star Trek] cast members appear, although Majel BarrettMajel Barrett, who provides the Enterprise computer voice, was a regular as Nurse Chapel on the original series.
Although the role of Zefram Cochrane was actually written for James CromwellJames Cromwell, Tom HanksTom Hanks was originally considered for the role, but the filming of this movie coincided with the filming of That Thing You Do! which prevented him from taking the part.
At the end of filming, actor/director Jonathan FrakesJonathan Frakes got the nickname: "Two takes Frakes" because of the efficiency of his style.
For inspiration prior to filming, director Jonathan FrakesJonathan Frakes says he viewed the films Alien, Aliens, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blade Runner, and Jaws.
The Special Collector Edition DVD's trivia track mentions that someone with a sense of humor at ILM slipped the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars into the battle with the Borg cube.
When Dr. Crusher says "In the 21st century, the Borg are still in the Delta Quadrant", it was intended as a teaser for upcoming episodes of [Star Trek: Voyager], in which The Borg were featured prominently.
The "first contact" in this movie takes place at a "missile silo in Montana". Montana's missile base is Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls, Montana, site of many of the more famous "UFO" sightings over the past few decades.
ILM animators created several new classes of Federation ships for the huge CGI animation sequence against the Borg. Classes include the Akira, Sabre, Steamrunner and others.
The U.S.S. Defiant introduced in [Star Trek: Deep Space Nine] was built for the sole purpose to fight and defeat the Borg. This movie features the only time the ship fights the Borg.
Actor Michael ZaslowMichael Zaslow, the first actor to have been killed off in the [Star Trek] universe, has an uncredited appearance as Eddie, the bartender