Thunderball

Continuity mistake: One of the gadgets which Q gives to Bond is a mini air tank, "good for about four minutes of air." He's very specific about this number. In the huge climactic underwater battle scene, Bond Against The Hordes, 007 puts on the mini tank and proceeds to fight, vigorously, for a solid ten minutes without borrowing anyone else's tank. He either had gills implanted or can fight while holding his breath for enormously long periods of time.

Continuity mistake: At the carnival scene Bond gets shot in the calf, but in the underwater fight there is no mark on either of his calves.

Factual error: When the operation to plant the bombs is foiled, the Disco Volante casts off, pursued by two speed-boats and a destroyer. But how could the latter, as a large (and slow) battleship, approach the yacht without arousing suspicion?

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Continuity mistake: When Bond and Felix go out for the first time to search for the missing plane, Bond's hair has a parting to the left and is wearing watch on his left arm, but at the moment when they are flying over Largo's house, Bond is looking through a pair of binoculars. As he says to Felix "separate pools for sharks, no less" his hair is now parted on the right and his watch is now on his right arm, also watch out for the mouthpiece on Felix's headphones - it changes from left to right.

Will

Revealing mistake: When Bond is wounded and on the run from Fiona and her assassins, he tries to lose them in a parade. At one point during the chase, for several seconds, there is a dog in the frame. Even without slowing down the film one can see that the dog is stuffed.

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New this week Suggested correction: The dog is peeing in the street.

Other mistake: The film takes place during the 1960s. In the hotel scene where Bond is with Fiona Volpe, he tells her what he did was for king and country. England had not had a king at the time for over 10 years, and any wording using "king" would have long since changed to "queen".

Other mistake: In the final scene, Bond, the girl, and the man who rescued the girl all jump out of the boat before it hits the rocks. Then Bond and the girl are picked up by an airplane in an elaborate rescue scene. But what about the other man? I guess he has to swim home?

Revealing mistake: When Bond and Colonel Bouvar are fighting in the chateau, Bouvar grabs Bond by the door and in doing so, forces him into doing a roll. At this point, you can see that Bond is not Sean Connery but a stunt double.

Continuity mistake: The watch on Derval's left hand in the underwater cockpit death scene changes from a leather band watch to a metal link band watch. When recovered by Bond and shown to Domino it's a leather band watch once again.

Visible crew/equipment: As Domino and Bond start to walk up the beach after getting out of her boat, the crewman that was driving the boat can be seen hiding inside the boat as it is turned around. (00:46:55)

Clipper

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.

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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

Visible crew/equipment: As Bond is starting down the stairs into the secret service hide-out in the Bahamas you can see a boom mike in the upper right hand corner of the screen. After the mike goes out of picture you can still see its shadow on the wall. (00:59:25)

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.

Visible crew/equipment: After Bond has escaped Largo's sharks, lighting equipment is reflected in the car door as he opens it.

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Revealing mistake: When Largo escapes to Disco Volante, he closes the underwater hatch before Bond arrives. But the hatch can't close completely. A hole is visible (and light from behind). The hatch is obviously created in a studio, because the boat would not be able to sail - at least not that fast - with such an opening in the bottom.

Jacob La Cour

Visible crew/equipment: When the colonel dressed as a woman enters his house a butler opens a glass door, as he does, for a second, a big round stage light is reflected. (00:01:45)

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)

Revealing mistake: Near the end of the film, when the bombs are on board the mini-sub, Bond is spotted by Largo and swims away, but is chased by one of the other divers who has a fight with Bond: Just before they get to grips with one another, you can see that the jacket of Bond's underwater suit is already torn at the right shoulder.

Will

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)

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: If you noticed that almost all of the bad guys including the villain are all Italian, this is no coincidence. The original story involved the Mafia and the villain Emilio Largo as a Mafia chieftain. The story was changed to replace the Mafia with the organization SPECTRE.

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