Audrey Hepburn was convinced to take the role of Marian, in part, from the insistence of her sons. Once her young sons learned that Sir Sean Connery had been cast as Robin Hood, they begged their mother to take the part, so she could act with "James Bond". She happily complied.
This movie could not be shot in England, because some of the major principals were tax exiles.
Richard Harris agreed to play the cameo role of King Richard the Lionheart as a favor to Sir Sean Connery, whom he had befriended while filming The Molly Maguires (1970). Connery made a cameo appearance as King Richard the Lionheart in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).
This is the first of four movies featuring Sir Sean Connery and Denholm Elliott. The other three being A Bridge Too Far (1977), Cuba (1979), and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).
Esmond Knight lost an eye in active service at sea during the Battle of the Denmark Strait in 1941. For his role as the one-eyed Old Defender in the opening scenes, he removed his glass eye.
Towards the beginning, Little John starts eating, and Robin exclaims, "How can you eat at a time like this?", to which Little John replies "I'm hungry!" Sir Sean Connery had this exchange with Honey Ryder in Dr. No (1962), though Connery was on the hungry side of that one.
This was Audrey Hepburn's first movie since Wait Until Dark (1967). She had taken a break from acting to raise her family.
Although he had worked harmoniously with composer John Barry on earlier movies, director Richard Lester was very displeased with Barry's score for this one.
Sir Sean Connery and Robert Shaw played adversaries in From Russia with Love (1963).
Director Richard Lester offered Charlton Heston a cameo, but Heston would have loved to have played the lead.
When Robin jumps down the tree after having spied the Sheriff's army, you can see that he has no underwear.
James Goldman had already written The Lion in Winter (1968), which included the characters of Richard and John Plantagenet in their younger years.
The producers originally wanted Albert Finney to play Robin, and Sir Sean Connery to play Little John.
The cast includes two Oscar winners; Sir Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn; and four Oscar nominees; Richard Harris, Denholm Elliott, Sir Ian Holm, and Robert Shaw.
Rare for an Audrey Hepburn movie, in that she is actually older (by one year and three months) than her romantic lead, Sir Sean Connery.
Around this time, Mel Brooks was filming a comedic Robin Hood television show, When Things Were Rotten (1975), and director Sidney Hayers was hoping to set up a rival Hood pic with Patrick Mower.
A rejected score was composed by Michel Legrand. It was released on CD in 2009 by Universal France.
Denholm Elliott's widow detailed some of what occurred during the production. She remarked that Sir Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn were perfectly manageable. It was Robert Shaw, Nicol Williamson, and Richard Harris who caused the tension, according to her book about her late husband. All hell would be let loose if and when all three actors would be alone together, sober or otherwise.
Richard the Lionheart died from an arrow shot into his neck while besieging a castle, exactly as portrayed in this film. He was not wearing armor because he felt he had no need to.
Director Richard Lester became attached to the project before the script was written.
This is the second time Audrey Hepburn played a nun. The first one being The Nun's Story (1959), directed by Fred Zinneman.
Sean Connery observed during filming, how increasingly tired co-star Robert Shaw looked.
Writer James Goldman had a considerable interest in the British King John, depicting him in a play ("The Lion In Winter"), this film, and a novel ("Myself As Witness"). The characterization of this monarch differs in each work.
According to an article in the March 24, 1975 edition of People magazine, Paul Newman was originally cast to play Robin.
Since making a film together the previous decade, Robert Shaw still viewed Sean Connery as his main rival with regards to achieving stardom.
Closing credits: Some of the characters and incidents portrayed and some of the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely coincidental and unintentional.
According to Michael E. Uslan, the producer who would go on to produce every single Batman movie, he was struggling to get a serious film based on Batman off the ground at the time and when he went to Columbia Pictures, they declined due to this film's disappointing box office returns.
Following her second marriage Audrey Hepburn had disappeared to devote herself to her family and privacy, She was enticed back by the collection of talent assembled for the film and because the proximity of the location to where she lived allowed her young son to visit the set.