The Spy Who Loved Me

Continuity mistake: When Jaws gets up at the phone booth, he puts his hand near the handle to open the door. However, in a close up shot of Kalba, Jaws' hand is level with Kalba's face, nowhere near the handle, and in the next shot back near the handle.

Factual error: As the SLBMs eject from the submarines, they visibly jostle and shake the missile tube hatch, especially the second one - the hatch even scrapes the missile surface. Real missile hatches don't do that. In fact, if the missile actually did scrape the hatch, both the hatch and the missile would be irreparably damaged - consider the momentum of a 10m high, 13 ton missile... (01:43:20)

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Continuity mistake: The position of Stromberg's "Atlantis" changes during the film. One moment its far enough out to see it takes a speedboat to get to it, then its so close to land Bond can get to it and back with his Lotus, finally its back out far enough at sea when the American submarine destroys it.

jbrbbt

Continuity mistake: A guy in the submarine sits down next to a couple of guys playing chess. The man behind is reading a magazine at eye level, which a frame later disappears.

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Character mistake: Anya says she stole the blueprints two years ago for the submarine car she was riding in with Bond, yet she seemed to be completely unaware she was in such a car when the car first went into the water.

jbrbbt

Other mistake: As Fekkesh leaves his seat abruptly and the camera pans over to Bond, there's a small skip in the video.

Other mistake: When the helicopter is chasing the Lotus Esprit, it is flying fast, doing sharp turns and firing bullets. Even for the most experienced pilots, this would take a lot of concentration and hard work and would result in some stress. But when Bond spots Naomi in the pilot's seat, she is totally relaxed, stress free and barely looks like she's doing anything.

Gavin Jackson

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Suggested correction: Not a mistake; this is movie-land, after all. When Bond spots Naomi, and they share an awkward smile, both are travelling in a straight line at that moment. No reason why she couldn't spare a few seconds to taunt her target.

DEvans

Indeed. Also, Naomi's working for a megalomaniacal madman as a secretary and an assassin. It's perfectly reasonable she's a stone-cold psychopath.

Jukka Nurmi

Continuity mistake: A sailor on one of the submarines took the paper for the incoming telex with the new coordinates for the missile: code 0292765491. Then he reads the coordinates from this paper, but said something completely different: code 034285219.

Vince van Riet

Continuity mistake: When Bond's car comes out of the water, the number of people on the beach keeps changing all the time: A couple on the shore next to the car appears and disappears and the crowd on the right side increases and decreases randomly.

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Revealing mistake: The escape chamber is being lifted into a ship at the end of the movie, but look closely. The reflection we see in the the window glass of the chamber is that of a sunny beach and several palm trees quite nearby, and what looks to be either a palm tree or a camera man in the lower right section of the glass.

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: This applies to Moonraker too - Jaws' "teeth" were so painful that actor Richard Kiel could only keep them in for a few seconds at a time, which is why you don't get too many long shots with them visible. He only wore them when he needed to open his mouth.

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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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