You Only Live Twice

Factual error: When the Russian capsule is launched, a palm tree can be seen - and it's doubtful that the Russian climate could accommodate palm trees.

Revealing mistake: In the scene where the launch platform is moving in Blofeld's cave to move the rocket to the Volcano crater for launching, there is a close up of the platforms wheels. Some are moving in the right direction,others aren't moving at all,making it look like the plastic model that it was. If it was a real platform, the weight alone would have made all the wheels turn in the same direction.

Plot hole: At the end, we see pictures of the space shuttle several times on a TV screen. Where is the camera to film that?

Revealing mistake: When the ninjas enter the volcano one of them slices a SPECTRE man in the back with a sword, however there is no mark.

Other mistake: During the shooting scene in the false volcano: We see a man on a bridge being shot and he falls on the rail and down. About a minute later, they show the same shot.

Revealing mistake: When Blofeld destroys the volcano lair, as the camera is showing a view of the volcano, you can see the pressure waves move the bodies on the floor and tell that they are obviously dummies.

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.

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.

Revealing mistake: When the rocket lands in the Volcano lair, you can see the thread used to lower it; a crane hook is even visible at the top of the screen.

Dr Wilson

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.

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.


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. (01:45:20)

Revealing mistake: While Bond is taking his "civilized" bath with his Japanese counterpart and four ladies, there are two shots where you can see James wearing skin-colored swim trunks.

Larry Koehn

Revealing mistake: The gunman sitting in the back of the black sedan who shot at Bond coming out of the Osato building is not the same guy sitting when the sedan is picked up by the helicopter Tanaka sent to help Bond and Aki.

Audio problem: During the scene where Bond has to make his way back into the control room, he asks Tiger Tanaka to cover for him. Tiger does so with an MP-40 submachine gun. It's the loudest gun on screen when Tiger is firing it and has the MP-40's distinctive clatter. So far, so good. However, watch the gun's muzzle flashes (the MP-38, MP-38/40, and MP-40 as well as the MP-41 all have cyclic rates slow enough to distinguish between individual shots). When Tiger fires the first burst out of the gun, it corresponds perfectly well with the muzzle flashes. However, after cutting to Bond and then back again to Tiger, something went wrong. The muzzle flashes don't correspond at all to the firing noises from this point onward. In fact, when Tanaka takes his finger off the trigger momentarily to presumably prevent muzzle climb or let the barrel cool for an instant, the firing noises keep going.

Revealing mistake: When Blofeld's rocket Bird 1 lifts off, a part of the gantry moves up as well. A device to lift up the model. (01:37:15)


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.


Factual error: The picture of Ning-Po taken by the American tourist is nowhere near sharp enough - or high enough resolution - for it to be enlarged sufficiently for the ship's name to be legible.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Bond is trapped in the light airplane flown by Osato'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.

Tiger Tanaka: I must say I am disappointed with the ease with which I could pull you in. The one thing my honourable mother taught me long ago was never to get into a car with a strange girl. But you, I'm afraid, will get into anything. With any girl.

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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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