Tomorrow Never Dies

Question: In the first minutes of the movie, Bond is using the ejection seat of an Albatross L-39 ZA. He is ejecting his enemy only (in the back seat, who wants to strangulate him), not himself (Bond in the front seat). So far so funny. But the whole procedure looks strange to me. First of all the switch he uses to trigger the ejector - as far as I know the standard procedure for this is to pull double loop handles which are beside a pilot's leg or over his head. And second, is it really possible to activate an ejection seat of someone else without triggering your own ejector? The pilot can just eject the co-pilot and vice versa? What is that good for? I can't imagine one single situation where this can be useful. And of course in the movie the canopy breaks only over the ejected pilot's seat, not over the seat where Bond sits. As far as I know that is not possible, because the canopy is made of one single part.

Goekhan

Chosen answer: The brochure for the L-39 has a photo of an ejector seat test which shows the pilot remaining in the plane while only the rear seat and canopy section are ejected. The plane's data sheet says that simultaneous ejection of the pilots is actually prevented by a blocking system. You're right about the trigger though - Bond unlocks the ejection system with the switch on the console, but the ejection is actually triggered by a double firing handle on the seat pan.

Sierra1

Question: When Bond ejects the guy, strangling him into the underside of the jet flying above, why exactly does the latter jet end up exploding?

DEvans

Chosen answer: According to the script, the other jet is hit by the two heat-seeking missiles it had previously fired, although that's not very clear in the film and it looks like it explodes when hit by the co-pilot.

Sierra1

Question: From the way it is portrayed in the movie, it looks like Bond & Wai Lin just head straight for the stealth boat once they spot it. They come at it from the front. I don't see why they would do that. Even if the surveillance guy wasn't paying attention (there's no way Bond could've known that), shouldn't someone on the bridge be able to see the dingy approaching straight at it? It would've made more sense to me if Bond waited for the ship to pass and then come from behind or the sides.

Chosen answer: It's getting dark by this point - Bond and Wai Lin are dressed in black in a dark coloured boat. Anyone looking out of the window would be looking down towards them - they wouldn't be able to pick them out against the sea.

Tailkinker

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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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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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