The World is Not Enough

Corrected entry: In the beginning when King's money explodes, it blows a hole through the wall. This is impossible because the walls in the M16 building (Vauxhaull) are "bombproof" and wouldn't be destroyed by such an explosion.

Correction: MI6 is hardly a military bunker. and even so, the best it could be is blast proof, meaning that if an explosion happened outside, it would not be damaged by the shockwave or debris (or reduced damage). However, within an enclosed area, a powerful blast can be very destructive. If the walls had been solid enough to not allow the blast hole, there would be a massive amount of deaths and injuries throughout the floor due to the sudden increase in pressure.


Corrected entry: When Bond begins the boat chase, they are travelling east to west along the Thames (evident from the placement of the Houses of Parliament). However, Bond travels west to east along the roads to reach the Dome (you can see this on his radar).

Correction: The chase starts from the MI6 building toward Parliament, with Big Ben being the furthest part of the building (so they are definitely heading west). They then end the chase at the Dome. They are always heading from West to East.


Corrected entry: In the opening scene the banker's assistant easily lifts the very large suitcase supposedly filled with money with one hand/arm. If that suitcase was full of money (paper) it would weigh well over 30 kg and he would not be able to handle it that easily.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: This makes assumptions based on the strength of the banker's assistant and the weight of the case; neither of which we know. It is extremely unlikely that they used an empty case for the shot of him lifting it, then cut to fill it with the money so they could show it full immediately afterward.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: In the beginning where Bond detonates the stun grenade in his gun and he's got the Swiss banker, how did he not see the woman throw the knife into the man's neck? Even if she went to the door, Bond should have been suspicious that she was trying to get away. And in the next shot where the camera shows the actual knife, it looks like the handle is the only thing sticking out. Either A: The woman has a strong arm, so the knife point would be pointing out of the front of the banker's neck anyway, or B: She was at close range, so Bond should have plainly saw her take out the knife and done something about it.

Correction: She did not throw the knife, she was hiding behind the corner and just when the Swiss banker was about to give Bond the info he wanted, she swung her arm with the knife and stabbed him in the neck, then ran up the stairs. We know this because Bond looks at the back of the banker's neck to see that it was in fact a knife and then when he looks out the door we see at the top of the stairs across the hall the woman making a hasty escape. If she threw the knife, we would not see her because she would already be gone. I don't think the woman is going to throw the knife and then stand around and wait for Bond to look out the door.


I went back and watched this scene. The sound effect and the position of the camera shot suggests this was not a stabbing and that the knife was thrown or launched somehow. The banker's head is in view, facing the camera, and you can see enough of the background behind him to realise there is no-one directly behind him. In any case, Bond should be able to see who ever is about to kill the banker. My only thought is the banker is waiting behind the door or something before throwing the knife.

Corrected entry: When Bond fell from the balloon, he landed on his right side. Furthermore, he stopped his fall from the dome by grabbing a wire with his right hand, forcing the arm to be yanked upward. So why is his left arm the one in a sling?

Correction: Because neither of these were the moment of injury. It occured elsewhere during the fall, possibly when he grabs and misses a few wires. You can see that his left arm is the one injured by the way he holds it against his side while hanging from the wire as the opening credits transition in.


Corrected entry: On the special edition DVD of the movie as soon as James puts on the sun glasses in the casino press play or pause and it will take you to a little behind the scene footage on how they shot the x-ray vision scene.

Correction: No, it won't.


Corrected entry: As is said in all James Bond movies, Bond is a true Englishman, but when he and Dr. Jones are trying to defuse the pipeline bomb, at one point he says to Christmas "Faster". When he says this, notice how Brosnan goes back into his real Irish accent.

Correction: One word is not enough to determine an accurate change in accent.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where Bond is in the pipe line, chasing after the runaway plutonium, the map shows Bond and the Bomb travelling east to west. When Bond stops, and the Bomb explodes it is in front of him, accelerating away from him. But when Bond helps his partner out of the pipeline, they come out of the west section of pipe. They could only do this if they were in front of the bomb when it exploded.

Correction: Nowhere in the scene where they jump out of the pipe is there a compass. The perspective for any direction changes depending on what direction you look at it. If you look from the south, west is to the left but if you look from the north, west is to the right. This shot is simply from the north.


Corrected entry: Prior to the explosion from Bullion's case (in Valentin's Istanbul headquarters), Dr. Jones has her hair tied up in a bun, but in all scenes after the explosion it's loose, without any time for her to change it (short of the explosion untying whatever's holding her hair up without injuring her in the slightest).


Correction: That's exactly what happens. It comes loose as she and Bond dive to the floor to escape the explosion, so the impact knocked loose whatever pin or unsecured arrangement she had.


Corrected entry: Bond kills Elektra by shooting her in the head. However, in the next few shots of her dead body on the bed, there is no sign of any bullet wounds.

Correction: Actually, he fires the gun at her chest, so any bullet wounds/holes are camouflaged by the color and design of the dress she's wearing.


Corrected entry: In the MI-6 headquarter in Scotland, the man playing the bagpipes has a white wire attached to one of his shoes. Maybe a part of the special effect with the flamethrower and the automatic gun?

Dr Wilson

Correction: Assuming the wire is something to do with the flamethrower, I'm not really sure how it's a mistake - even if the device were real, it would still have wires attached to it. If Bond were using it in the field, this would be a mistake, as Q would have disguised the various components better, but when it's simply being tested, having part of the device visible isn't a problem.


Corrected entry: In Goldeneye, we learn that Valentin Zukovsky was shot in the leg by Bond, and he consequently has a limp and describes himself as a cripple. In The World Is Not Enough he has a cane, but a) he walks quite ably and hardly seems to use the cane at all, and b) he considering the much more active role he plays in this movie (which is obviously the reason they "forgot" about his limp), he wouldn't have lasted five seconds as a cripple.

Correction: In "Goldeneye", Valentin tells Bond that his knee aches "Twice as bad when it is cold" - many people with permanent muscle or tissue injuries find that cold weather aggravates it severely. Given that they were in St. Petersburg at the time, I think it can be assumed that we saw him at a particularly low point, whereas in TWINE, he's in much hotter climates and is consequently able to move much more freely.


Corrected entry: When we see the cigar girl aiming at the MI6 building from her boat there is no sun on her. In the final shot of her firing, the boat is bathed in sunshine. (00:07:15)

Correction: Depending on the forecast, it's entirely possible for it to be sunny in one spot and rather cloudy in another, or to even have both occurring simultaneously.


Corrected entry: The skiing scene is obviously shot in Vallee Blanche and other places next to Chamonix. They would have had a really long helicopter journey to France. Also, the mountains seen during the flight are Aiguilles du Chamonix.

Correction: Well, obviously, they didn't go to France, just used those mountains to sub for somewhere in Baku. Filmmakers do this all the time, Ex. Toronto subbing for New York, etc. It's a filmmaking decision, but not really a mistake.


Corrected entry: James Bond convert the money from Pounds to American Dollars. How did he get an exact sum if the exchange rate changes every minutes?

Dr Wilson

Correction: That was probably the exchange rate issued at the moment the ransom amount was made official.


Corrected entry: When the inflatable ball saves Bond and Electra from the avalanche, when they climb out, what happened to their skis? (00:45:56)

Correction: They left them in there. They probably got damaged in all the chaos, so they wouldn't be any good to them now.


Corrected entry: When Electra calls M on the videophone through her computer, M sees Electra in a white gown and her hair frazzled. But, in the next scene when we see Electra turning off her computer and getting up from her chair, she is wearing a purple outfit and her hair is neat.

Correction: The scene of Electra turning off the computer could easily take place much later in the day. A few minutes after this she is on her way to the pipeline, and M is arriving via helicopter. It would have taken M a few hours to travel from Scotland to Baku, which is accounted for in the time jump between scenes.


Corrected entry: When Bond gets to the building in the ocean to rescue Denise Richards, she's wearing a sexy purple cocktail dress and her makeup is perfect. They weren't carrying luggage - where did all that come from? In fact, given the location shooting there are unbelievable costume changes throughout the film.

Correction: Christmas had a knapsack with her, so she could have had a change of clothes with her. And one of Zukovsky's men might have been able to provide Bond with something.


Corrected entry: In the final love scene with Christmas and Bond, there is a slight error. As M is watching the screen, she sees that the bodies go from orange to red; only then do the bodies start moving. In reality, the bodies would have moved before changing color because as all of us know, biologically, Bond would have to move into Christmas before a change in body heat.

Correction: The changing colour of the glowing doesn't necessarily represent (excuse the bluntness) penetration.They are just getting hotter, being on top of each other as they are.


Corrected entry: Plutonium is an extremely unstable and volatile metal. In the presence of oxygen it combusts spontaneously, giving off an extremely radioactive smoke. Breathing this smoke even in tiny quantities virtually guarantees developing a fatal lung cancer. It emits a level of alpha radiation, which is deadly without protective shielding of some sort. This type of radiation usually causes bone cancers. it will also cause hair and teeth to fall out. Throughout the movie characters handle it without any sort of precautions. Poor Bond isn't going to live long.

Correction: Regardless of whether it is actually true, an explanation is provided within the movie. When Bond first meets Dr Christmas Jones, she states that the warheads down below use weapons grade plutonium, which is 'perfectly safe', if I recall her words correctly.


Factual error: Bilbao is in the Basque Country, which has its own police force, the Ertzaintza, that is independent from the Spanish National Police. When the police burst into the Swiss banker's flat, it is the Ertzaintza who enters, with their traditional red caps. However, when Bond is walking away, the police cars that are going towards the crime scene belong to the Spanish National Police, which has no jurisdiction in the Basque Country. (00:04:00)

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Suggested correction: That is incorrect. Although it is true that the Ertzaintza carry out most police duties in the Basque country, both the Guardia Civil and the National Police are also present here. They generally deal with more serious crimes like drug smuggling, organized crime and so on. So it is completely believable - and quite likely that the National Police would respond to multiple shootings in the financial district.

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Christmas Jones: Doctor Jones. Christmas Jones. And, no jokes. I've heard them all.
James Bond: I don't know any doctor jokes.

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Trivia: Apparently there was a line at the end of the intro sequence which was cut from the final release - among the people turning up to rescue Bond is M, who takes one look at him and says "Well, at least the Millennium Dome has some use".

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Question: When Bond first enters Zukovsky's casino, there's a tune playing on a saxophone in the background. Can anyone make out what tune it is? It sounds really familiar.

Answer: It's a variation on the "standard" James Bond theme.

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