You Only Live Twice

Corrected entry: When the SPECTRE vessel attempts to intercept the second U.S. capsule, the Air Force launches several intercept aircraft. But jet engines require an oxygen atmosphere to produce thrust, and the capsule is beyond the stratosphere and thus beyond any usable atmospheric concentrations for them to work. Also, the tracking sensors of their light AA missiles (also considering it was the 60s when the movie was made) would also be useless for hitting something in orbit, because their lock-on range would be far too low.

Correction: The US aircraft are not attempting to intercept the capsule. After both the U.S. and U.S.S.R. have lost a capsule, each side blames the other. The Americans make it clear to the Soviets that if anything happens to the next American capsule, they will be at war. The planes are taking off because they will be attacking the Soviet Union if the American capsule is harmed. the Air Force general warns his troops that the codeword which will start the war is "imminent". After the SPECTRE capsule explodes, he recalls the Air Force and advises them that the codeword is "not imminent". This was the whole point of SPECTRE's plot, to set the two nations at war.

Corrected entry: When we first see Aki (right after Bond arrives in Japan and is seen walking down the sidewalk), she has short flowing hair with navy blue and red bands tied around her waist. But in the next shot, when Bond enters the Sumo wrestling building, a totally different looking woman with tied back hair and a yellow band around her waist rounds the corner in pursuit of him. (00:15:40)

Correction: This lady is not Aki, she is just another Japanese agent who is reporting on Bond's movements.

Corrected entry: In the scene aboard the Navy vessel where Bond is given a burial at sea, the wrapping around his supposedly dead body is bright white, but after he is dumped into the ocean, picked up by the divers and brought aboard the submarine, the wrapping is now tan. (00:09:35 - 00:11:30)

Correction: It is wet. It has now darkened from the water like most material when they are damp.

Soylent Purple

Corrected entry: Inside the sub when Bond is talking with "M", he is handed the address of where he is to go on a small slip of paper, and after looking at it he burns it using his lighter. The paper almost immediately burns up as he holds it (normal paper would burn more slowly), which means that it must have been made of a material that burns faster (as you can tell by the red glare the flames give off). (00:13:10)

Correction: So MI6 uses special paper that is easily destroyed when handing over confidential information. It is a good way to ensure that an enemy agent cannot reconstruct the info from the ashes, and a good way to destroy the secret info in a hurry. This isn't a mistake, it is the point of that scene.

Soylent Purple

Corrected entry: Near the beginning, Bond meets Henderson and whacks him on the leg, which is artificial. H says that he lost it in Singapore in 1942. A few moments later, H says he's been in Japan for 28 years. The film was released in 1967 and is set at about that time, or a year or two earlier. So H would have been in Japan since the late 1930's - right through WWII. I really doubt they would have let him out during the war to go to Singapore.

Correction: It is unclear if you mean that England wouldn't have let him out of the service. (In which case what better place for a british spy to be during a war with Japan) or if you mean the Japanese gov't wouldn't have let him move about freely. (He was a spy with access to corrupt and bribable or blackmailable officials that could help him to do his job.) Either way, there is your answer.

Corrected entry: It appears that the set of the inside of the volcano with the forced perspective volcano hole high above, is the same set used in the beginning of Goldfinger where Bond sneaks into the side of metal tank and emerges into a plush room to spread plastic explosive on the tanks of nitro. If you notice, the high ceiling of that room with the round hole in it has the same forced perspective look as the inside of the volcano.

Correction: This stage was built especially for this movie. It was so big that it had to be built on a Pinewood backlot, instead of inside a sound stage as in all previous Bond movies.

Corrected entry: After Henderson is killed, Bond has a scrap with the killer - you can clearly see he has dark shoes on. When he gets to the Osato chemical place he has white shoes on.

Correction: You see him remove the assassin's shoes/spats and other clothing to disguise himself prior to getting into the getaway car

Corrected entry: When Bond and Kissy climb to Blofeld's volcano, it takes them from early morning to evening to complete the trip. However when Kissy gets reinforcements, the double journey merely takes minutes rather than hours.

Correction: When Bond and Kissy go up the first time, they are careful - the volcano could be active or they could be spotted if going up too quickly. When Kissy returns it could be assumed that SPECTRE agents are otherwise preoccupied and wouldn't notice anyone coming up the volcano.

Andy Benham Premium member

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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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: German actress Karin Dor almost suffered decapitation by the helicopter rotors in the scene where she and the actor playing Osata meet Bond for the first time. Only an attentive crewman, who shouted a warning at her, prevented it.

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