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Continuity mistake: When Blofeld is just about to shoot Bond with a Webley & Scott Mk. IV revolver in .455 Webley caliber, Blofeld's hand is hit with a ninja throwing star. However, the gun he drops isn't the Webley, but a Smith & Wesson .38 Special.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond and Kissy jump into the ocean to avoid the poison gas in the cave, you can see Bond's skin through his shirt. When they come ashore on Blofeld's volcano island, Bond takes off his shirt to reveal a grey ninja outfit underneath, complete with huge rubber suction cups for his hands and knees. Where did he hide all that?

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Continuity mistake: Towards the end of the film, during the fight between Bond and Hans, Hans pulls the shade off the big table lamp and it ends up on the floor. A little while later the shade is on the table.

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Continuity mistake: At one point, during the scene with the helicopter dogfight, the tail wing of Bond's mini-copter is riddled with bullet holes (and yet the mini-copter continues to fly very efficiently), but for the rest of the scene, the tail wing is in perfect condition with no sign of the damage done to it.

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Continuity mistake: While Bond prepares "Little Nellie" for flight, a Japanese technician removes the red rotor tether from the front of the Autogyro. In the next shot, while Bond is putting his flying helmet on, the tether is still attached to the rotor.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where divers are recovering Bond's "Body", you can see that one of the divers has two tanks on his back, then in the next shot he only has one tank, then two again.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene at the end where Bond is trying to make Blofeld's spaceship blow up, you can see the timer showing the time till interception. On the 1st shot the timer shows 25 seconds. On the second shot it says 13 seconds. Then there is another shot and the timer shows 24 seconds.

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Continuity mistake: When Aki drives James to see Tiger and when she collects him from Osato Chemicals, her car changes from left hand to right hand drive as the camera follows them along.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond first stands on top of the volcano, when it opens, it is dark outside. The camera then shows it opening from inside the volcano, outside it is daylight.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Bond is being made to look Japanese, prior to posing as a local fisherman his chest is being prepared for shaving - 'couldn't you just dye the bits that show?' he quips. In the last scene his chest is back to its full, furry glory.

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Continuity mistake: When driving with Aki the road turns - and the car follows it - but Aki didn't turn the wheel in the slightest.

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Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Bird 1 is about to intercept the first space craft it slows down without firing any brake rockets.

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Continuity mistake: As the SPECTRE helicopters begin to attack little Nellie, Bond's helmet microphone switches from his right side to his left and back again.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Bond is trapped in the light airplane flown by Osata's female pilot, she sets the airplane on fire and bails out. As she's exiting the plane, its landing gear is down. Once Bond frees himself and tries to recover the airplane, the landing gear is back up.

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Continuity mistake: Two of the helicopter pilots who are killed by Bond in the "Little Nellie" aerial dogfight are the same ones, only without sunglasses, who later in the film are patrolling the coastline near the volcano and who try to kill Kissy Suzuki.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond is flying Little Nellie during the attack by the SPECTRE helicopters, he uses all of his armaments. Afterward, however, when Bond is told to proceed to a certain position, the Nellie is seen pulling away fully armed.

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Continuity mistake: The first time we see the fake lake retracting in the volcano it is moving very fast, and before the cut it is almost totally retracted. But in the next clip when seen from below the opening is only half of the crater and the roof is retracting much slower.

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Continuity mistake: The stranger who is watching Bond's funeral through binoculars lowers the binoculars after Bond is thrown into the water - as if looking down on the water. But the binocular is so low he's actually looking into the table.

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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.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond's body is lowered down the ladder into the submarine it is glistening wet, but in the next clip when they start cutting it open, it is almost dry - and definitely not glistening anymore.

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Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When the poison hits Aki's lips the killer must have been holding the bottle and string steady. But in the next shot he is seen crawling backwards using both hands and neither bottle nor string is anywhere to be seen. Later the bottle is in his pocket.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Continuity mistake: When the hired thug is driving a disguised Bond to the Osato Building, the thug looks back at him. The forward view does not show the hood, wheel or dash of the car. After he goes back to driving, Bond peeks up to see where they're going, and now you can see the dash, and wheel. Also, when the thug looks around, the mirror shows only a blurred image of Bond, not the face and back of the thug's head. As Bond sees the building, the camera can now see only the thug's reflection in the mirror. Finally, they were in a downtown area with no dead end in sight. Then suddenly, there's the building. With no turns, that's a fast moving car.

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Continuity mistake: In the fight scene in the Osato building, Bond uses a couch as a battering ram against the guy that carried him in. After the third hit, Bond drops the couch after the attacker flips over it onto the floor. The next moment, he has the couch up ram-style, and the other man is back up, in the place where he can be hit again, a good five feet from where he was on the floor on his back.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond opens the crater cover, the ninjas attack. In one shot the ninjas are seen walking on the still-opening cover, but it is not moving.

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Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: In several shots during the final battle the crater cover is translucent. But if it is made of metal, it can't be translucent.

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Continuity mistake: When an attempt to kill Bond by poison is made, a long string hangs from the ceiling. The drop of poison falls on Aki's lips. In the next shot, the string is gone. It would have taken time to pull up again, and it didn't fall on to the bed.

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Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: During the shootout at Kobe docks, Bond's PPK changes into a Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond and Aki are attacked at the docks in Kobe, Bond tells Aki to go and contact Tanaka. Aki then runs to a rope to let herself down to ground level again. When she grabs the rope her long straight hair reaches down to the middle of her back, yet when the shot changes to her starting to climb down, her hair changes in structure and only reaches down to her shoulders. Clearly a stuntwoman wearing a wig.

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DapperDan

Continuity mistake: In the sequence in which Bond and Aki are being chased by the black sedan, they pass a corner with a sign that reads: "Detour, road under construction" with a red arrow above pointing in two directions. They turn right at the next corner and turn again at the same corner with the same road sign. This second time the scene cuts sooner but it is the same corner. The shot was used twice.

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DapperDan

Continuity mistake: As Bond leaves the building of Osato Chemical and Engineering, a black sedan with gunmen is slowly following close behind. Aki, who had been waiting for Bond, tells him to "get down" just in time to avoid the bullets which cause clouds of brown dust as they hit the concrete wall right behind Bond. The scene cuts to a shot in which we see the sedan speed by, but the clouds of dust have completely disappeared. When the scene cuts back to Bond the dust clouds are there again.

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Continuity mistake: In the sequence showing the black sedan being lifted up by the helicopter, the number of driving lanes changes too rapidly between the shots. When the helicopter is approaching the sedan is driving on a highway with at least four lanes. Right in the next shot it is lifted off a road with only two lanes. In the shot from the helicopter we can see the white Toyota on a highway with four lanes, and the shots out of Aki's Toyota show a rather narrow country road ahead that doesn't even have any markings whatsoever.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond is attacked by the ninja while he is training to be a ninja, Bond grabs the staff with the knife at the end, flips the ninja and stabs him on the left side of his lower back, but when it cuts to the next wide shot, it shows all the blood on the front of the ninja's training top. The only way there should be blood there was if the blade penetrated from the back and out the front, but the blade wasn't anywhere near long enough to go completely through a body.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond is investigating the Ning-Po at the shipyard, he is surrounded by workers carrying tools as weapons. One of them is holding a tire-iron like tool with one hand. The shot changes to behind him and he is now gripping it with both hands.

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Continuity mistake: During the fight scene in Osato's office with the large goon, the villain's suit and shirt become disheveled and un-tucked, then straightened and tucked, several times as the shots change.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond takes the first sip of his martini at Henderson's place, the glass is about half full. You can see the level of the martini in the glass is below his finger. In the next clip there is more in the glass. The level is now above his finger, much closer to the rim.

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Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Aki runs from the warehouse towards the rope the lower her down there are two ships on the river in the background. In the next clip they are gone.

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Continuity mistake: When the Russian rocket is launched the command module at its tip has the same shape as the American space craft. But when seen up close the Russian command module has a very different shape.

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Continuity mistake: While Bond is running on the roof of the warehouses in Kobe just before he reaches the stairs he is carrying a stick. But in the preceeding overhead shot, he has no stick.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond jumps from the roof of the warehouse in Kobe both his shirt cuffs are outside his jacket sleeves. He starts correcting the right cuff, then there is a cut to the next scene and here he is still correcting his right cuff, but his left cuff is now inside the jacket sleeve.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond and Aki park in front of Henderson's hotel, the hotel entrance is to the right of the car, but when they walk into the hotel the car points the opposite way.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond opens Osato's safe the safe-opening device has some orange lights on it - which can be seen in the close-ups. But in the wide shots there are no lights.

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Continuity mistake: In the opening scenes of the large fight in the crater the color of the 'lake' ceiling is blue/green - backlit from above - but in following clips it is totally dark.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Bond first arrives in Japan and is walking down the street, he passes by a woman (Aki) looking at something behind a store window, she is holding a small gold purse with a smooth gold band around the part that opens, but after she opens it and the shot shows a close up of the concealed mic inside, the gold band is now rough and twisted.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Bond is taken to Osato chemicals by the hired thug, right after the thug takes off his mask and they start to fight, the mask falls off onto the couch Bond was laying on, but when the thug goes to flip Bond onto the orange rug, the mask is now lying on the floor next to the couch, then afterwards (when Bond goes to pick up his trusty Walther PPK after setting off the alarm) the mask is lying on the couch again.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the film, Blofeld is about to kill Bond and he kills the Japanese man. Watch carefully as the cat gets down and crouches next to the Japanese man. The next shot of the man, and the cat's gone.

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Continuity mistake: During the scene where James Bond is running along the rooftop of Kobe Docks the camera pans away to give an arial view. 007 fights off the bad guys and rounds a stairwell opening with the door open. As the camera picks him up from ground level, or at least roof top level it shows James Bond opening the door before going through.

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