Thunderball

Continuity mistake: James comes up from seeing the plane on the seabed. The first thing he does - he has his back to us - is speak to the man, giving an order. But then we see James take the mouthpiece out of his mouth, which means he couldn't have spoken.

kh1616

Continuity mistake: When Bond and the girl get to the beach, he puts his shirt on his left shoulder, his hand by his cheek. A second later, his hand is by his chest, another second, and he's carrying his shirt.

Movie Nut

Continuity mistake: The bullet-proof shield that rises behind the rear window on Bond's Aston Martin comes from a very noticeable slot in the sheet-metal. On all subsequent views of the car, this slot is not there,indicating a different car used for the bullet-proof shield scene.

Continuity mistake: When Bond is at the spa and he turns the dial on the steamer, one second the man has a pink/white towel around his neck, the next it has turned blue. In addition, when it cuts back some bottles have disappeared from a nearby steamer. (00:17:05)

Continuity mistake: The scene with the Aston when Lippe's car is blown up by the motor bike rider is filmed at Silverstone. You can see the Stowe grandstands in the background. (00:36:40)

Continuity mistake: The shark pool the thug is thrown into alternates between just deep enough for sharks, to several feet deep and back between shots.

Movie Nut

Continuity mistake: As the man holds the gun on Angelo after his demand for more money, first the gun is at the small of his back, and a second later, it's at neck level.

Movie Nut

Continuity mistake: When James goes to meet Largo, there is a woman swimming laps in the pool. When she is finished, her hair covers her ears and some of her face, but, in the next shot, her hair has been combed back, making her look presentable and beautiful.

kh1616

Continuity mistake: In the car chase scene, the black car chasing Bond gets blasted by a motorcycle. The back of the car explodes and is has flames twice as tall as the car. When seeing it through Bond's windshield, the car has only smoke. When the camera cuts back, the flames are huge again. Also, when the motorcycle goes to pass Bond, he looks left, but the bike passes on his right.

Movie Nut

Continuity mistake: Bond's watch changes wrists several times when he speaks to the receptionist at the health farm.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond meets Domino in the diving scene, when Domino is seen from below, the sky above her is overcast. In the following wide shots the sky is clear (or almost clear).

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When the second SPECTRE tape is being played, in the first shot the left tape wheel - where the tape which is still to be played is coming from - is almost empty. In the next shot it is full.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: Just after Vargas has been harpooned and impaled to the tree, watch the position of Domino's hands as she says to Bond "I'm doing this for my brother for what he did to him" in between shots: When she has her back to the camera you cannot see her hands, but when you see Bond from behind, she has both of her hands on his shoulders.

Will

Continuity mistake: Vargas is behind Bond when he is on the beach talking to Domino. Bond turns and shoots a harpoon at Vargas. In the previous shot Vargas was walking towards Bond and Domino and was not near a tree. But when he is hit in the next shot, he gets pinned to a tree with the harpoon. (01:38:45)

Sarmed Mirza

Continuity mistake: When the rear part/gunners' platform of the Disco Volante fights a delaying action, there are two speed-boats and a destroyer on the 'good' side. But although two close shots show the boats firing their on-board machine guns, only the platform and the battleship are visible in the same frame during the shoot-outs. There is no further indication that the speed-boats are destroyed or further involved in the eventual destruction of the platform.

Continuity mistake: When the woman in black locks the door and puts her coat on a chair, you can see her face through the veil, but as Bond rises from his chair, the veil has become much darker and we're unable to see the face behind it.

Will

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Bond is trapped in Largo's shark-infested pool, he uses his mini air tank to breathe. In most of the subsequent shots, look closely at the actor's face: it looks a lot more like a stuntman than Sean Connery. (01:20:20)

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James Bond: My dear, uncooperative Domino.
Domino: How do you know that? How do you know my friends call me Domino?
James Bond: It's on the bracelet on your ankle.
Domino: So... what sharp little eyes you've got.
James Bond: Wait 'til you get to my teeth.

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Trivia: When Bond plus guard fall into the pool and have the shutters close over them Largo gets the gate opened to allow sharks into the pool. When they were shooting this, there was supposed to be a sheet of glass in the water with the sharks on one side, and Sean on the other. Unfortunately, a couple of the sharks got round it and when Sean opens the door to go through to the other pool, he's nose to nose. At this point he's not acting. Watch his face for the genuine look of horror.

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Question: As I watched the end scene I wondered: how do James and Domino intend to return to terra firma? They were whisked out of the boat by the plane and are hanging on the end of a long cord so the plane can't land without them being dragged at high speed along the concrete.

Answer: A helicopter could lower a line to them to attach themselves to. They could then cut the rope and be lowered to safety. A bit outlandish, but this is Bond we are talking about after all.

Grumpy Scot

Answer: Look up Skyhook online and you'll find out how it was done. The person hanging from the cable wold be pulled aboard by the plane's crew.

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