The Spy Who Loved Me

Plot hole: Stromberg One is on 48 degrees West, Stromberg Two is at 22 degrees West, and the Liparus further east. That means that Stromberg Two has sailed at least 28 degrees since its departure from the Liparus. That is more than 2.500 km and would take a submarine several days. How did it get that far in a few hours?

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

Revealing mistake: When Jaws is attacking 007 and XXX on the train, Jaws picks up Bond and bangs him onto the ceiling. At one point in this, it is clear that Jaws is holding a dummy.

Factual error: At the beginning of the opening title sequence, the Union Jack fluttering in the background is upside down.


Revealing mistake: When the boat blasts out of Stromberg's lair and lands in the water, it's obviously a miniature and the people inside are obviously dummies.


Revealing mistake: When Jaws comes to the surface and starts swimming, you can see the sandy bottom of the water. There is not the 300 feet (or meters) that the depth gauge on the rescue pod shows.

Jacob La Cour

Revealing mistake: As Bond and the major are hurtling toward the surface in the "escape chamber" toward the end of the movie, you can see inside the window. The little toy escape chamber is about two thirds full of splashing water right in the area where they are supposed to be.

Other mistake: As Bond enters the night club in Egypt, the camera pans right to reveal two extras who appear to be waiting for their cue to start walking, but obviously miss this cue as they don't actually start walking until the camera is on them. (00:32:48)

Other mistake: When Bond shoots Stromberg down the barrel of the undertable spear gun, his PPK visibly suffers from a stovepipe jam (the blank round becoming stuck in the ejection port) twice, possibly due to a repeat shot. However Bond is then seen firing several more shots into Stromberg without clearing the jam.


Plot hole: If they assembled the wet bike on the submarine, they wouldn't be able to get it off as it would be too big to fit through the hatch.

Other mistake: When Bond and Anya make it down to the escape pod Bond pulls out a bottle of wine from a bucket of ice. With Stromberg sitting in his lair and Jaws hiding, who put the ice in the bucket?

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Suggested correction: Maybe the ice bucket was always a part of the escape pod.

Ice that doesn't melt at room temperature - now there's an achievement.

Factual error: When the two missiles blast out of the water, the first thing you see is the glare of the rocket motors under water. SLBMs rise out of the water solely on the air or steam pressure impulse that propels them out of the launcher. The rocket motors ignite only after the missile has left the water completely. (01:43:20)

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Revealing mistake: During the ski chase, just after Bond has shot Sergei Barsov, you can see several red and white overhead lights behind him.


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

Plot hole: Right before Bond hops on the moving camera globe to go blow up the barrier to the control room on the Liparus, they show a shot of one of the firing slots on the control room open and the guards firing at Bond. Through the port, you can see that Bond is on the catwalk above the walkway to the barrier. But when Bond climbs down onto the camera globe, and when he's sliding back on the track, nobody fires a shot, even though he's now in a direct line of fire with those firing ports and the guards have a totally clear shot at him.


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Trivia: At the end of the credits it says, "James Bond Will Return In: For Your Eyes Only." But after the film came "Moonraker" and then FYEO. After the producers saw the success of "Star Wars" (1977), they decided to make a space-themed Bond movie.

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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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