The Spy Who Loved Me

Continuity mistake: When 007 pushes Jaws outside the train, he breaks the window, but it is intact in the following shot. It's broken again a little bit later.

Dr Wilson

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Stromberg is thanking Dr Bechman and Professor Marcovitz he he has a towel in his hand. When the camera changes to another angle that shows the back of his chair his hands are totally empty and resting on an arm of the chair. Then it changes back to the original camera angle and he now has a towel in his hands again.

Continuity mistake: When Q is showing the microfilm to Bond and XXX, Bond points at the Stromberg fish. But he points right at the projector. That would have made his finger much larger compared to the screen than it is in the next clip - and blurred. Furthermore the position of his finger on the screen doesn't match with the position he holds it in.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Bond skis down hill in the beginning, in the close-up of his skis you can see a hard, firm snow surface, but in the next clip he is skiing off-piste.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Shandor is about to fall off of the roof and is holding Bond's tie, his grip changes from very low - with about four inches left - to higher up, so he can slide down again.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Stromberg is thanking Dr Bechman and Professor Marcovitz, the position and amount of food on his plate keeps changing all the time.

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Continuity mistake: When the rescue pod is speeding towards the surface you can see it has a keel weight which, judging from the size of the pod, must be 3-4 meters long. When it floats into the cargo bay of the navy ship, there wouldn't be room for the keel. You can see that the water level in the cargo bay is no more than 1-1½ meters.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: At the end of the film we see the large tanker ship exploding at many different areas of its hull including a lot of explosions on the topside. However, there is a point where the camera shows the ship sinking with an underwater shot, sinking with bow first and then progressing towards the stern and there are no holes let alone burn marks that would show where the explosions took place.

Tobin OReilly

Continuity mistake: When we see Stromberg's living room from the inside, there is very little space between the windows, and the corner column is very narrow. But when we see it from the outside (when the Helicopter is taking off) there is more then 2 meters between the windows.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Stromberg raises his 'house' from the sea, in the first shot where the paintings slide up, you can see the water's surface in the top of the window. But in the next clip, exterior shot, the house is still fully submerged. And based on the size of the house and the location of Stromberg's living room, his windows must have been 10-20 meters below the surface in the first situation.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Bond is chased by agent Barsov, you see a clip where Bond has gone through quite deep, new snow - leaving two tracks in the fresh snow. In the next clip, when Bond turns to fire his ski pole missile, he is riding on a prepared piste with a lot of other tracks.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: Before the sub trembles, the number of chess pieces on the right side differs between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond hangs the clear sheet on the screen, the dark line is both next to and on top of the pink line showing the submarine course. A moment later, the clear sheet has moved, making the lines further apart. (00:13:58 - 00:14:41)

Movie Nut

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Suggested correction: The pink line is always visible and depending on the camera angle it's brighter in places than others, if the clear sheet with the black line on has moved it's very slight.

The mistake says nothing about the pink line not being visible or changing brightness. And if the clear sheet moved slightly, that's a mistake.


Continuity mistake: When Bond places the OHP film on the tracker, it perfectly matches the line of the course, whereas when Q arrives on the scene, the line of the tracker deviates.

Continuity mistake: When XXX is freed by 007 to escape the torpedoed base she is wearing a red bikini. As the escape develops this changes to black.

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Suggested correction: It's not a bikini, it's a dress (with a bikini-type top half). And it turns a darker colour because of being soaked from water during the escape.


Continuity mistake: When Bond goes to check Fekkish's bedroom the top button of his coat is buttoned. He goes to the door, looks in, and comes back out with the button unbuttoned, without unbuttoning it. (00:24:50)

Continuity mistake: When Bond turns in the opening scene to fire his ski pole he turns left, then a split second later he turns right. No way at that speed anyone could turn left then right without falling. (00:02:00)

Continuity mistake: At the submarine base Bond places a see through copy of the submarine course on the display and the two lines match up and are touching, in the next shot the bottom of the lines are no where near each other but meet further up in the middle.

Revealing mistake: The shot of the two nuclear missiles being launched is used twice, just reversed. They seem to have changed the saturation slightly in one of them to make it look different, but there are identical clouds at the top left/top right in both shots, ruining the trick.

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Captain Carter: That armour plating must be inches thick. We'll never get through it.
James Bond: Come on, let's go to the armoury.
Captain Carter: The armoury? What do you expect to find there?
James Bond: A nuclear missile.

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Trivia: Due to his failing eyesight, cinematographer Claude Renoir was unable to see to the end of the supertanker set, forcing Production Designer Ken Adam to ask friend Stanley Kubrick to supervise lighting for the set. Kubrick agreed on condition of complete secrecy of his involvement.

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Question: How does the Liparus explode and sink at the end? After the nuclear subs have been destroyed, the ship just starts blowing up for no apparent reason. Was there any explanation for it?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: When the nuclear subs have been destroyed, there's an explosion in the control room, and one of the men cries out "Fuel tank!" Liparus has numerous internal fires raging after the battle with her crew. These uncontrolled fires eventually spread to her fuel tanks and ammo storages, one of which explodes in a huge fireball and finally causes Liparus to sink.

I thought the final explosions that sank the Liparus were deliberate self destruction after completing the mission in an attempt to destroy any evidence, rather like when Bolfeld manually triggers explosives after being thwarted in You Only Live Twice.

Liparus sinks slowly, and that would leave her crew plenty of time to evacuate. Angry and armed crew with a grudge against Stromberg.

Jukka Nurmi

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