Trivia: The tiger who briefly appears during the tiger hunt sequence is actually a stuffed tiger pushed out on a wheelbarrow.
Trivia: The title was a source of controversy and the film-makers were at one point unsure as to whether the MPAA would allow it. The fact that it was the title of one of Fleming's short stories allayed most people's fears.
Trivia: In the scene where Kamel Kahn is playing the dice game in the casino, it is a tribute to "Goldfinger" (1964). Kahn is cheating and is thrashing his opponent, who says "Your luck has to run out sometime," just like when Goldfinger is cheating at cards. Also Bond takes over, and beats Kahn at his own game by using the "lucky" dice, like when Bond wins the golf game with Goldfinger. When Bond wins, Kahn's henchman crushes the dice in anger, like Oddjob who crushes the golfball.
Trivia: When fleeing through the underbrush away from the beaters and hunters, Bond encounters a tiger. He gestures at it and tells it to "sit-t." This is a cinematic tip-of-the-hat to Barbara Woodhouse, England's premier dog trainer, who used the same gesture and inflection to teach the "sit" command to her clients' dogs.
Trivia: The sequence containing the Fabergé egg was taken from Ian Fleming's short story, "Property of a Lady." This story was actually commissioned by an art expert at Sotheby's and published in Sotheby's annual review, "Art At Auction." The director of Sotheby's for many years, Peter Wilson, was drafted into MI6 during World War II and his code number was "007." He was a friend and colleague Fleming and became part of his inspiration for the James Bond character.
Trivia: At the end of the pre-credits sequence, Bond says to the gas station attendant "Fill her up". Director John Glen initially removed the quip, but after he went to his local cinema and caught the trailer for "Octopussy", he realised it went down well with the audiences and decided to reinstate it.
Trivia: During the tuk tuk fight scene, the part where both vehicles narrowly avoid hitting a cyclist was unscripted. The cyclist was a bystander who accidentally wandered onto the set. The two scenes where he appears were left in the final film.
Trivia: When Bond first visits the circus the scene opens with the knife-throwing act. If you slow the DVD/video down you can see the holes made by the knives before they hit the board, showing the scene was filmed by pulling the knives out of the board then reversing the film. Not a valid mistake as it requires slo-mo, but interesting nonetheless.
Trivia: During the chase scene in India, the man with the mace in the back of the jeep never attacks.
Trivia: Actor, William Derek -who plays a villain who uses a deadly yo-yo, made from circular saw blades- broke his arm during a rehearsal, falling from the balcony above Octopussy's bed. Although the injury was disguised, a bandage on his left arm can be seen in some shots during the fight in Octopussy's palace.
Trivia: During casting, American actor James Brolin was almost given the role of James Bond when at the last moment, Roger Moore agreed to play Bond again. Moore had originally intended to retire after For Your Eyes Only, but following the announcement of the rival Bond production Never Say Never Again, the producers persuaded Moore to continue in the role in the belief that the established actor would fare better against Sean Connery.