You Only Live Twice

Continuity mistake: When Bond crawls down the side of the crater he crawls next to a pipe running down the wall. But in the next shot the pipe is gone.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Hans picks up the table lamp to hit Bond, he picks it up by holding it close to the bulb. But when he brings it down to hit Bond, he is holding it the other way around. You can hear the bulb smash. (01:45:20)

Continuity mistake: When Henderson is stabbed through the wall, Bond runs over and grabs him. There's a noticeable hole, and they're standing right by the wall. Then the angle changes, the hole's now smaller, and Bond's right next to the bed, which he can put Henderson on without taking a step. (00:21:40)

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Continuity mistake: The first Japanese spy woman opens her purse and speaks into it. The opening is no more than 8-10 cm wide. But in the next clip when we see a close-up of the purse it is opened very wide - more than 20 cm.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Bond and the Japanese girl arrives at Henderson's home, and a girl comes to welcome them, we can see that the car is parked on the opposite side before the previous shot.


Continuity mistake: During the car chase sequence, the radio antenna of the black sedan disappears and reappears between shots. It is most noticeable when the sedan is being lifted off. In the close-up as the magnet is attached to the car's roof, the antenna is visible. In the shots in which the car is shown from above, the antenna has completely disappeared. (00:41:00)


Continuity mistake: When the divers swim towards the submarine with Bond's body, the submarine is seen from a distance and you can't see the ocean's surface. But in the next clip when Bond is lowered into the hatch the surface is no more than 4 meters above them.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Tiger is looking at the body of the ninja who attacked Bond, he turns the ninja's head on the right side. But in the next clip the head is back in center position.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Bond and Kissy escapes from the gas in the cave she's wearing bright white shoes. But in the under water scenes and when she surfaces she has bare feet. Once back on land the shoes are back.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Bond is attacked by the ninja during training Bond grabs the stick holding his right hand in the end where the blade came out. In the next clip his grip is the opposite - his left hand is closest to the blade.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Bond and Kissy reaches the crater's edge it is bright daylight and the sun is quite high up (that can be seen from the shadows on Bond's shirt). But when the reach the bottom of the crater it is night.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Bond is at the Sumo wrestling arena, when he is being escorted to his seat, the ref overseeing the fighting ring is wearing a red robe, but right after Bond takes his seat, the ref's robe turns to a light green color and stays that way for the rest of the scene. (00:16:45 - 00:19:15)

Continuity mistake: When Bond finally meets Blofeld, there are shots on Bond and others on Blofeld. Blofeld's cat is seen in all of this, at times looking at Bond and then in the next shot looking at Blofeld. Quick reflexes those cats.

Continuity mistake: When Blofeld is in the volcano control room, and the scene keeps changing from him to the main crater, the position of the cat in his arms is never the same twice. Sometimes both paws are in, sometimes both out, sometimes one of each etc.

Continuity mistake: When Bond and Kissy are on the slopes of the volcano near the end of the film, they watch a hellicopter fly overhead and go down inside. It lands on a helipad. In the next shot from above (when the massive door is closing) the helipad is empty.

Continuity mistake: After expending one of his exploding cigarettes to cause a commotion, Bond throws a switch to open the crater door; we see two shots of it opening from below. However, in the very next shot where Tiger and his ninjas are clambering on top of the door, it is not shown moving beneath them at all (this can be seen because of the proximity of the rocks next to the fake water). (01:44:10)

Continuity mistake: When Hans pulls the bone from the water with the piranhas - in the first clip, from the way the string moves you can see that the bone must have cleared the water. But in the next clip it is still below the water.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: Just before Bond is 'killed' the bed in which he lies flips up. That would make him flip/slide down into the lower end of the bed. But when the bed is pulled down again Bond lies perfectly stretched out like nothing happened.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: Towards the end of the film when the ninjas are coming down the ropes to storm the volcano base, you can clearly see one coming down who has bullet holes riddled in his back - but is still alive.

Continuity mistake: The girl drives away from the wrestling arena sitting in the right seat, but when she drives up to the hotel she's sitting in the left seat. Either a flipped shot or a different vehicle.

Revealing mistake: During the car chase scene, if you watch the speedometer on the car, it never rises above zero. That and the obviously poor image quality of the "road" in front of them shows that they were using projected film in front of the car.

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MoneyPenny: Oh, by the way, how was the girl?
James Bond: Which girl?
MoneyPenny: The Chinese one we fixed you up with.
James Bond: Oh, another five minutes, I'd have found out.
MoneyPenny: She'll never know what she missed.

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Trivia: Akiko Wakabayashi (Aki) couldn't drive a car. In the sequence outside Osata's office, the illusion of her driving was created by six strong crewmembers pulling the car with a cable.

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