Tomorrow Never Dies

Corrected entry: When the baddies are trying to break into the BMW in the hotel car park, sledgehammers are used to try and break the windscreen but they can't do it. Then a machine gun is tried on the bodywork but makes no impact. When Bond is driving it machine gun fire shatters the windscreen as if it is a normal one.

Correction: The security system that's used is never really explained - it's plausible that it hardens the windscreen to make it inpenetrable but unusable for regular driving, meaning the glass can be smashed when the system's disabled.

Corrected entry: When Bond goes for the missile in the final showdown, a guard comes down from a catwalk, and Bond shoots him using his silenced Walther. However, despite the silencer, the gunshots can be heard , and it is not that the silencer seems to have been worn down, which would have made the gunshots audible.

Correction: Silencers (more correctly, 'suppressors') are semi-mythical. They do not produce the faint 'sput.' of film legend, but a sound pretty much like the one you hear in the film. One mistake cancelling out another, perhaps, but the film is accurate in its depiction nonetheless.

Corrected entry: Carver gives off the impression that he is a very intelligent man, (as most megalomaniacs do), yes he is not smart enough to run out of the way when a huge drill is coming towards him. Bond punches him and leaves him to die, yet theres nothing stopping him from taking 2 steps to the right and avoiding the drill, which is several feet in front of him when Bond leaves. He just stands there and screams like a child, letting it kill him.

Padzter

Correction: He was probably in shock, and froze.

Corrected entry: In Wai Lin's apartment she tells Bond that Carver said he was moving his plans forward to midnight, but what he actually said was that he was moving his plans forward by 'a few hours'. He didn't specify what time.

Correction: I think she was talking about General Chang, because she also mentions that stealth material was missing from one of his bases.

Corrected entry: In the scene with the Chinese agent at her apartment where she has all the gadgets and weapons, he needs her to type on the computer keyboard because he implies that he does not know Chinese. However, in one of the earliest Bond movies, he asserts that he studied and commanded the Chinese language at Oxford University. There are two variations in the Chinese written language, but every literate person is expected to know both.

Correction: Yes, Bond studies Chinese at Oxford, and yes, he acknowledges that he did in an earlier Bond film, but he hasn't used it for a while and could possibly have forgotten most of it.

Corrected entry: In the opening scene with the MiGs harassing the frigate, the stealth ship closes in. The stealth would be clearly visible from the frigate, yet no lookout announces its presence to the bridge. Even with modern defences/radar, lookouts are required.

Correction: When the MiGs fly over the Devonshire, it is dark, and since the stealth ship is black, it would not show up against the sea. Plus, if there was a lookout, I think he would be more worried about the hostile MiGs than looking around in the water for approaching stealth boats.

Corrected entry: How could a false GPS signal go unnoticed in the area of some of the world's busiest shipping lanes? Are we to believe that that one British ship had the only GPS receiver within range of that satellite?

Correction: No, but remember the signal was encoded (Mr. Gupta had the CIA's encoder). The errant GPS signal was sent on a coded frequency, and it seems the Devonshire was the only one using it. That's probably why they were so sure of their position. (Of course, if they really were where the movie says they were, they'd have detected the coast of China and Vietnam on radar and known something was wrong.)

Corrected entry: This isn't really a mistake, but why does Bond take a silencer equipped pistol if he is going to clobber the first guard he meets, steal his machine gun and start a fire fight with it? Isn't half the point of espionage to get out without the bad guys knowing you were there?

Correction: Bond did not expect to be challenged: It is no mistake.

Corrected entry: In the engine room Wai Lin shows that she has only one bullet left. She shoots once, jumps behind another computer (with no bullet left - there's no sound of her picking up a gun) then shoots again, which is the second shot from a gun with one bullet.

Correction: If you look carefully you can see a second bullet in the clip, due to the clip's configuration it is below and mostly covered by the first bullet. If nothing else there's probably still one in the chamber too.

Corrected entry: There is a scene where the Chinese agent and James jump down from a building while they are handcuffed. However when they break through the glass, she goes through one pane, and he through another, with a bar in between them. The bar never appears to be broken.

Correction: The bar between the windows does indeed give way when Bond and the woman jump through. Apparently the building was made of very flimsy materials.

Corrected entry: In the sequence with the Chinese MiGs confronting the British ship for being off position and in Chinese territory, how come the Chinese planes don't also think they're in international waters, like the ship does? Surely the Chinese don't have their own independent GPS system to locate their planes? If the ship is out of position, then the planes should be similarly out of position, thus ruining the story line.

Correction: The red box decoder thing is specific to the English fleet. The Chinese would still have their own, correct, positioning system - Carver obviously would have made sure of this. Plus the MiGs would know how far off-shore they were.

Corrected entry: When they jump out of the window, Bond's left hand is cuffed to her right hand. In the bike ride afterwards it's his right hand cuffed to her left hand.

Correction: He's just twisted around.

Corrected entry: Why are Stamper's people filming the murders of the surviving sailors? If that footage is released, it would be strange, because the Chinese would of course never film killing British sailors. Furthermore the Chinese were only present in planes, and Carver is trying to make it look like it was the planes that sank the ship and killed the crew. How would the Chinese film the killing from planes?

Jacob La Cour

Correction: As to why Stamper takes photos - these photos are for Carver's paper 'Tomorrow's News'. They wouldn't be released by the Chinese government - M says to Bond in the car that the Vietnamese authorities recovered the bodies. Presumably Carver's paper will claim the photos come from the Vietnamese authorities. Additionally (although less likely and relevant), in a deleted scene and in the book adaptation it is mentioned that Stamper makes snuff films - this footage potentially will go into one.

swordfish

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie, when the cruise missile is fired against the "terrorist marketplace," that missile cannot be ordered to self-destruct because it is out of range. But as a tomahawk cruise missile can only fly 880 km/h it can't at that time be more than 30 km away. That can not possibly be out of range.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: Says you. It's very clear from the film that the missile is in the mountains, and is using a terrain-following flight profile, staying low to avoid detection. Under those circumstances, it's entirely plausible that the signal would be blocked by the mountainous terrain.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Why didn't Wai Lin and Bond place the mines on the outside of the ship near the waterline? It would have been much easier to place the mines without being detected and it would have made the ship visible on radar.

poehitman

Correction: It would have been easier for the crew to spot them on the outside of the ship. Also it would be more difficult for Bond and Wai Lin to get the mines on both pontoons if they were placing them on the outside of the ship - they would have had to place them on one pontoon, then drive the raft around the outside to the other pontoon. They way they did it Bond places them on one side and Wai Lin climbs over to the other side - much easier.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: In the opening scene when Bond is flying the jet and the guy in the back is choking him with the garroting wire, when Bond ejects the guy the wire is still wrapped around his neck, and as the other pilot was holding the wire pretty tight, surely the force of the upward motion combined with the tightness of the wire would rip Bond's head clean off, resulting in no more 007.

Correction: He was so suprised by the activation of the ejection seat that he released his grip on the wire. If you were about to crash head-first into the undercarriage of an jet you would also probably drop whatever was in your hands and brace for the impact.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: When Wai Lin was tied up in the chain and dropped in the water why didn't she either climb up the chain (her hands were partly free) or kick up to the surface? While the climbing might have been difficult, the kick swimming to the surface should have been easy.

poehitman

Correction: She's wrapped in a heavy metal chain, weighing her down.

Tailkinker Premium member

Plot hole: In the final showdown, when Bond is fighting with Stamper, the girl is wrapped in a chain hanging from a crane and dropped in the sea. After the boat blows to bits, the chain continues to hang down even though there's nothing holding it. It even keeps hanging after Bond's swum down to untie her. What's keeping it there? Do all stealth battleships come with buoyant chains? With both arms at least partially free, why doesn't she just climb back up the chain?

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James Bond: I think we understand each other.
Q: Grow up, 007.

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Trivia: After Teri Hatcher's character has been murdered, James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) shoots dead her killer (Vincent Schiavelli). When he does so, the expended bullet cartridge ejects very, very quickly and hits Brosnan squarely on the forehead.

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