Tomorrow Never Dies

Corrected entry: Villain Elliot Carver risks World War 3 by trying to incite war between China and the UK, all so he can obtain exclusive broadcasting rights in China? Seems awfully short-sighted.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Correction: He's crazy, he believes those rights give him a lot of power, make him untouchable. He doesn't care about world war 3. Of course it's short-sighted, that's why he is crazy. Crazy is not always stupid.


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.


Corrected entry: Stamper's men do their best to do damage to Bond's BMW in the parking garage using hammers and gunfire, but nothing happens. Later, in the car chase, the windows are smashed by bullets. So why change the windows from bulletproof to destructible? It can't have to do something with Bond's security system since it would be illogical that the car is indestructible with engines off but the driver can be shot sitting in the car.

Correction: The BMW's windows aren't smashed by bullets. The front window is destroyed when Carver's men realize that their assault rifles aren't penetrating the bulletproof glass and visibly switch to firing the underslung 40mm grenade launchers; the back window isn't seen, but appears to be smashed by another grenade launcher shot from the rear. It's definitely not bullets, though.

Corrected entry: In the opening scene it is discussed whether the soviet nuclear torpedoes will explode when hit by the cruise missile. One of the officers says it might. But nuclear bombs can't go off unless the actual trigger mechanism is activated. They do not contain powder or dynamite or anything which can explode when heated.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: Incorrect. Nukes have a core of fissionable materiel surrounded by high explosives. While there is no chance that there would be a nuclear detonation, the cruise missile could cause the explosives to detonate contaminating the area with highly radioactive debris and flinging more of it into the atmosphere to be spread.

Grumpy Scot

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: Wai-Lin passes Bond the 'detonators' for the mines they planted on the stealth ship to destroy it; but the mines they planted were timed mines, not remote mines, and Carver had already sent his men to have them removed anyway.

Correction: Timed mines with a remote detonator back-up; in case they needed to set them off earlier than planned. If Carver's men had removed them they would probably not be aware that there was a remote detonator, since they appeared to be timed charges.

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.


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

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.


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: When Bond comes back to the surface after diving down to the Devonshire we see some islands very close behind in the background. First, these would definitely have shown up on Devonshire's radar, and second, those islands are not 11 miles away.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: The Chinese coast is 11 miles away, not the islands. With the GPS sabatoged the Devonshire obviously thought those were different islands - further out at sea. Either way, their attention was monopolized by the approaching MIGs.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: Towards the end, Bond fires with a silencer but the shot is much louder than it should.

Correction: Duplicate entry, already corrected.

Corrected entry: Bond is shown meeting his American colleague at a US Air Force base in the 'South China Sea.' In actual fact, the base you see in the background is RAF Lakenheath, in Suffolk, England, as shown by the 'LN' tailcodes on the F-15s.

Correction: Unless you can identify the physical buildings as being at RAF Lakenheath, the tail codes don't mean much. F-16s from Alaska (Tailcode AK) can be seen in photographs taken in the Middle East.


Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie Carver says "and I'll be watching and filming from a Carver News chopper". Well nowhere in the movie near the end do we see a news helicopter and he does not have one in the boat. How did he expect to get out and film all this?


Correction: We don't know that there wasn't a chopper on the stealth ship, but Carver probably was going to have somebody pick him up by chopper. But since both the Chinese and British were firing at the stealth ship, the chopper pilots either didn't want to risk getting shot down or were called off.

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 (by the famous "red button") because it is out of range. However, the on-board camera of the missile seems to be still within range, because it continues to transmit "live coverage" from its flight, which can be received and displayed in acceptable quality at the command post.

Correction: The video signal from the missile operates on a different frequency than the radio signal from the ship - lower frequencies can travel further.

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: Bond and Wai Lin should have had one hell of a bend or an embolism when they popped up out of the water after diving on the Devonshire. Not only did they unnecessarily ditch their diving gear (they could have just pushed the tanks in front of them to get up that pipe) but they had an uncontrolled ascent from well over 30 metres depth. Yet they show no signs of any decompression illnesses and carry on as normal when they reach the surface. Impossible.

Correction: If they have not been under for very long, then they might not get decompression sickness (the "bends"). And it is possible to exhale the entire way up to avoid a pneumothorax or emboli.

shortdanzr Premium member

Corrected entry: When preparing for the HALO jump, Bond is told that there is a danger of him getting tangled in his parachute and drowning when he hits the water. This is extremely unlikely since he is already breathing from the cylinders on his back via regulator which is firmly attached to his face. There's no way the parachute or any of the cords would be able to constrict the HP air hoses on the diving gear.

Correction: Getting tangled in the parachute cords could also mean having the cords rip your face mask off; very likely if the cords wrap around the skydivers head when he (or she) pulls the rip cord.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: Right at the end of the film M is told that "Carver went down with the ship" and that Bond got out alive, M dictates a short statement to Moneypenny. After this, in the next scene, the British fleet is looking for Bond and Wei Lin.

Correction: Not nessarily a mistake. They know he is alive, they just don't know where he is. And as he doesn't answer when they call him, it is obviously a common thing for Bond to disappear.

shortdanzr Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where Carver dies, why would the designer of the stealth boat make it possible for the drill to come all the way into the control room?

Correction: In all the chaos, the mechanics of the drill could have been damaged, enabling it to come into the control room.

Corrected entry: The officer who says "Sound the general alarm" right at the beginning of the film on HMS Devonshire is wearing a badge of the rank Lieutenant Commander when he is announcing that the MIGs are flying over. A second later when he says "officer of the watch, maximum speed" his rank has changed to Commander. (00:12:10)


Correction: No, the man who says, "Sound the general alarm" is the XO (number 2 in command), and the man who says, "Officer of the watch, maximum speed" is the Commanding Officer (Captain). He just comes onto the bridge when he says so. He was probably off duty and in his cabin. The voices aren't the same.

Corrected entry: When the helicopter crashes into the building it destroys a wall, which bends inwards suspiciously like card or plywood before smashing to show daylight behind it. (01:20:30)

gandolfs dad

Correction: They're in a very poor area of the city, it's not unlikely that the buildings would be constructed of cheap materials.

Corrected entry: When Bond and the Asian girl have jumped out of the window, they grab the banner to escape and rip it. A few shots later we can see the banner and it's not ripped.

Correction: No, the banner is ripped. You can see the black windows and white building color in the middle of the banner.

Corrected entry: In the first scene when Bond tries to get into the plane, the ladder falls during the fight. In the next scene it is intact.

Correction: He kicks it, yes, but it doesn't fall over.

Corrected entry: In the car chase, whenever tires get blown out, you can see that explosives were used. When tires blow out in real life, there is not a bright orange and yellow flash.

Correction: Oddly enough, in a blowout, tyres do in fact look like there is an explosion in them because of the heat of the air in them. This is the same principle as when the pump and tyre heat up when you manually fill up your bike tyres. Without the huge physics explanation, the jist is under extreme compression air heats up. As the car was driving, the air in the tyres would have turned hot and the pressure from the expansion of the gas would have caused the flash we see. This is the identical principle that causes cars to go faster with a supercharger.

Corrected entry: When Bond and the girl are trapped in the sunken ship, they take a big breath from their tanks and swim up the tunnel- why couldn't they put the tanks up the tunnel and then swim up below them?

Correction: Character decisions are not movie mistakes. The tanks would obscure their view at the very least.


Corrected entry: In the opening scene with Bond hijacking the fighter plane he knocks out the pilot who then slumps in his seat. In the next scene Bond gets into the seat but the pilot's body is nowhere in sight.

Correction: The pilot he knocks out was sitting in the back seat, not the front seat.

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.


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.

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