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?
Factual error: As Bond is preparing for the HALO skydive, he is warned that he has to freefall for 5 miles and without oxygen he will be asphyxiated. However, he jumps from a non-pressurised aircraft. Surely when the back hatch opened, the other people standing around would either also start to suffocate or be sucked out.
Revealing mistake: In the scene with the helicopter chasing them down the street, apart from the fact that the rotors should catch on something and hurl the machine into a wall, when it finally hits the wall at the end, the pilot and crew quite clearly become about 4 crash-test dummies. This wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that they are unpainted and all sit in their seats looking straight ahead with their hands in their laps while they are driven into a wall. You'd think they could have at least posed the arms over their faces or SOMETHING!
Continuity mistake: When James has just jumped out of the plane, he has a diving rig that is somewhat different to the one he has when diving on the wreck of the Devonshire. In the water he wears a twinset manifold air-bottle rig. While skydiving the rig was not manifolded and the bottles were in a different position on his back. To change between the two requires some work with a tool kit, preferably on dry land.
Factual error: The helicopter, in the motorbike scene, does a strafing in a narrow road. That's absolutely impossible, as either some cloth would get clogged into the main rotor, or it would hit something and break. But that doesn't matter much, as the 'copter is going too slow to be tilted at that angle anyway.
Continuity mistake: Gupta, Carver's gadget man, proves that Paris, Carver's wife, knows Bond extremely well by showing Carver some secret footage taken at the cable tv launch party. In that footage Paris says to Bond "Tell me James, do you still sleep with a gun under your pillow? As she asks him this question, Bond can be seen looking down over the railing at the crowd below. Yet if you rewind a few minutes to the actual moment in the movie when she asks him this question, Bond is not looking down, he is, in fact, regarding her fixedly. They clearly reshot it (even her intonation of the question is different).
Continuity mistake: As Bond is driving his BMW by remote control from the back seat, the bad guys shoot out the windshield with several machine guns and at least one rocket launcher. The damage to the interior of the BMW is substantial, most notably the bullet holes in the headrests in the rear seat. However, in a couple of subsequent shots the headrests are clean and undamaged, only to have the bullet holes suddenly re-appear in the following shots.
Continuity mistake: Near the beginning when Bond causes mayhem, he sticks a grenade onto a moving vehicle and dives off it. As he jumps off and attacks a bad guy his collar is up (to better hide the face of the stuntman), then when it cuts back to a proper shot of him his collar's suddenly down.
Visible crew/equipment: In the scene when James Bond is trying to escape while driving his BMW from the back seat with a remote control, there is a 1-2 second shot where you can very clearly see a stunt man sitting in the front seat driving and then the shot returns to James in the back seat.
Continuity mistake: When Bond and Wei Lin are hanging from the poster halfway up Carver's Saigon skyscraper, they break a window to get back inside. In the first shot, before they even swing at it, there's a big white crack in it. In subsequent shots, the crack disappears and then reappears.
Factual error: In the scene where HMS Devonshire is allegedly being sent off course because of spurious GPS signals, a brief space shot shows a CMGN communications satellite orbiting close to a GPS satellite. The CMGN satellite would need to be in geo-stationary orbit. The GPS satellites are in quite different polar orbits, much closer to earth. Moreover, GPS position-fixing requires data from several satellites, not just one. The alleged interference could not be made in this way.
Deliberate mistake: In the helicopter and motorcycle chase scene, there are a few things that are not possible. A helicopter cannot hover at such a steep angle nor can it move slowly horizontally while being at that angle. A helicopter doing that at such low altitude will crash because it will tend to move in the direction the nose is pointing. Nothing in a helicopter can make it move in the way seen in this scene. Also, a helicopter cannot use its rotor blades as a cutting tool as seen in the beginning of this sequence. The moment the blades contact any object the helicopter will lose control and crash into the buildings in the sides. No room for error in such a narrow place and low altitude.
Continuity mistake: During the remote-control BMW car chase scene, there are a couple of clear shots of the steering wheel of the BMW shown not moving at all as the BMW is making violent turns, demonstrating that the steering wheel itself is not a part of the remote steering mechanisim within this particular vehicle. However, subsequent shots show the steering wheel spinning wildly in either direction as the car is going through its paces during the rest of the chase.
Revealing mistake: When Bond holds Carver against the computer so the big drill will kill him, you can easily see that the computer behind them isn't real. As the drill rips into the 'computer' it's all white inside, just like styrofoam. They probably used it as it gets destroyed easily and would make the drill look really powerful as bits of it flew everywhere.
Continuity mistake: When Bond knocks out the MiG's copilot with the helmet, in the shot from behind the pilot (where Bond is quite obviously Pierce Brosnan) he is seen with a Beretta 92FS. However in the shot from behind Bond (now stuntman Wayne Michaels), the gun the copilot drops is now a Browning BDA.
Plot hole: One of the most memorable aspects of this movie is the motorcycle/helicopter chase scene. There are machine guns firing hundreds of rounds, there's a motorcycle leaping from rooftop to rooftop, and a large helicopter performing some amazing aerial stunts, then eventually crashing. All of these things happen in a very crowded part of the city. Yet after the crash, Bond and Wei Lin walk from the courtyard area where most of the action has taken place to the street just on the other side of the buildings, and no one seems to have noticed gunfire, the exploding helicopter, etc.
Add timeMark Bernhard
Factual error: In the scene with Bond in Oxford, the audience sees an aerial shot of the college he is supposedly studying Danish in. The college shown is Brasenose. However, in the next shot showing the college courtyard, the college has magically switched to New College - 10 minutes' walk from Brasenose.
Factual error: Carver tells Stamper to be sure and use the correct ammunition when shooting the British sailors. Stamper then uses an M60E3, an American light machine gun firing 7.62x51 mm ammo. To properly frame the Chinese, he should have used a weapon firing 7.62x54R mm, 7.62x39 mm or 5.45x39 mm ammo.
Add timeGrumpy Scot
Continuity mistake: In the car chase in Hamburg, when Bond is in the back seat remotely driving the car, the car does a U-turn into another lane. After the car says "Reduce speed - pedestrians in roadway" there is a shot of the car's dashboard from inside the car, with the car travelling straight forward. The steering wheel, however, is tilted to the right, even though 1) The car is travelling straight and 2) The car had just made a LEFT turn.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where the ship is being confronted by the Chinese MiGs and is attacked by the stealth boat an alarm sounds on the ship and all the sailors in the mess hall leave and go to their battle stations. A few shots later when the drill hits the ship and water rushes in it shows three or four sailors in the mess hall getting hit by the rushing water.
Character mistake: When Carver is to go live to the World, his assistant is counting down 5, 4, 3, 2. She does not say 1 and 'Now', as they never do, in order for her voice not to be heard on the broadcast. But if you do the counting, Carver starts before she would have reached 'Now'. Consequently there would be a risk that Carver's first words were not heard on the live broadcast. That would be very unprofessional.
Add timeJacob La Cour
Factual error: Carver's ship would not be even close to stealthy. Every angle and crevice on it, while cool looking, would be a beacon for radar. Nothing stands out on radar more than a right angle. A picture of the real stealth ship can be found here. http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/sea_shadow.htm
Add timeGrumpy Scot
Continuity mistake: Bond takes a watch from Wai Lin's computer-weapons room. The watch is shown to be an Omega Seamaster, the exact same model worn by Bond earlier in the film, but with a few improvements made by Wai Lin's organization, according to her. This model of watch is equipped with a helium escape valve, a knob located on the perimeter of the case at the 10:00 O'clock postion. The close-up of the watch shows this. Later, Bond removes a small remote-controlled detonator from the watch which has the helium escape valve control knob attached to it. The close-up insert shot shows that the knob is no longer attached to the watch at the 10:00 O'clock position, and the close-up shot of the rigged grenade-in-a-jar bomb shows the control knob as a part of the detonator. When Bond and Stamper have their final show-down at the end of the film, there are many shots showing Bond's watch and the helium escape valve control knob is inexplicably back in place on his watch.
Visible crew/equipment: When Bond and the Chinese agent are being chased by the bad guy's helicopter across the roof tops of Shanghai, the film crew's helicopter can be seen towards the top right hand side of the screen when the camera cuts to the front view of Bond on the motorbike. The next shot of the chase is then filmed from this helicopter.
Continuity mistake: James and M are travelling in the motorcade. The privacy barrier is lowered to reveal that Moneypenny is in the front-passenger seat. The shot changes to an exterior shot of the limousine. You can clearly see the privacy divider rising during this shot. The shot returns to the interior of the limousine for more dialog. Then the shot returns to Moneypenny for her to say that James will have to decide how much "Pumping" is required. Once again you can see the privacy divider rise.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where James is trying to escape from Carver's headquarters, a black guy holds him over the newspapers being printed. In one shot the back part of his tie (that hides behind the larger front part usually) is hanging by his ears, it cuts to a shot of the black guy and when it cuts back, the back part of the tie has risen back to its proper place against his chest.
Factual error: A Type 23 Duke Class Frigate is used as 'flagship' for the fleet at the end of the film. The Type 23 is way too small and undermanned to act in such a capacity; it has no command and control facilities. They should have used at least a Type 22 Batch 3 Frigate, a carrier or an LPD (Landing Ship). We also see the evidence of a fleet on their radar screen, but nothing more of them.
Factual error: In the Oxford scene, Bond is in bed with the Danish professor in the New Buildings wing of New College. The problem is that all the rooms in the New Buildings are student rooms and have always been so since they were built - no professors live or teach in this building. The professors are on the other side of college.
Factual error: The scene during Carver's big speech in Hamburg. Bond is being beaten up by 3 German guys in a small room away from Carver. One of the guys throws bond through the glass window separating it from the next room alone. This glass is extra tough given that it is, according to one of the security guards, completely soundproofed. As Bond is thrown through the window, the glass shatters smoothly. If you watch, in a smooth rippling affect from top to bottom the glass falls away - it is evidently not glass here. Glass would not shatter in a neat line, and would leave shards in the window frame.
Continuity mistake: When the BMW goes through the shop window there is a large hole in the back of the car with steam coming out of it indicating that a steam cannon was used to shoot the car off the roof of the car park (although a pre-production book claims that the hole is for mines, which weren't used during the chase anyway). Regardless, cut to the overhead shot and the hole is gone.
Continuity mistake: The magazine in Bond's modified assault rifle changes length several times during the pre credits sequence. Whenever you see Pierce Brosnan's face, the rifle has the bigger 30 round mag, and whenever you don't see his face, this being his stunt double Wayne Michaels, the rifle has the smaller magazine. (This is seen in the jacket collar picture.)
Continuity mistake: When Wai Lin and Bond are placing the mines on the stealth ship, the underside of the boat is closed. Otherwise people could have easily seen them placing the mines through the big opening in the underside of the boat if it were open. But when they show the inside of the ship, the underside is open to the water.
Audio problem: In the scene where James Bond and Wai Lin are introduced to Mr. Carver and Mr. Stamper, Carver says that when Stamper removes Bond's heart, " there should be just enough time for him to watch it stop beating". While saying this, he turns to walk towards his desk and his lips don't move at all. His quote was obviously added in post-production.
Continuity mistake: When on the Stealth ship, Bond uses a fixed rocket launcher using controls on the left side of it, then he turns it to aim elsewhere and he's instantly on the right side. Possible flipping of the image? Also when he turns it, you can see there's an empty rocket tube next to him but in the couple of frames before it launches, all rockets are in their tubes.
Continuity mistake: In the pre-credits plane chase scene the aircraft behind Bond's fires two missiles. Bond avoids the missiles and they strike the side of the mountain, exploding in a huge ball of flame and smoke. The pilot chasing Bond pulls up quickly, almost crashing into the mountain and passing through the cloud of smoke from the missiles. The camera angle cuts immediately to an overhead shot and it is completely clear around the jet; the smoke cloud from the missiles has disappeared.
Continuity mistake: During the car chase in the parking garage, Bonds's remote-driven BMW has video camera lenses mounted on the forward-facing surfaces of the outside door mirrors. They are dark, round spots about 3/4" diameter. These were installed so the rear-seated stunt driver could sit low and unseen and still drive the car. This is all documented in the behind-the-scenes stuff on the DVD. Unfortunately, every shot of the car before the chase scene shows the mirrors to be the normal type with no cameras mounted in them.