You Only Live Twice

Other mistake: During the Little Nellie helicopter battle scene, the same footage of enemy copters being destroyed is used three times.

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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.

Jacob La Cour

Deliberate mistake: When 11 is dropped into the water and eaten by the piranhas, although the ravenous fish probably ate most of her and what was on her, there should at least be pieces of clothing that would rise to the surface in the flurry of activity. Not to mention that even though the water is a murky green all the blood from her body should have created a temporary, but very noticeable darkening of the water.

Tobin OReilly

Plot hole: When Bond arrives on the island with the fake volcano, Kissy tells him that nothing unusual has happened there, except the death of a diving girl when she ventured into a cave. Even if the construction of the launch facility in the volcano had been kept secret it would have been impossible to launch the large rocket twice without anybody noticing.

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.

Jacob La Cour

Revealing mistake: When the helicopter with the magnet drops the villains' car into the ocean, look carefully and you can see that the car is empty.

Plot hole: The American spacecraft is said to be scheduled for launch at midnight Japanese time. But from the place in the movie where it is shown it is late afternoon or early evening.

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

Factual error: In the beginning scene involving the U.S. spacecraft, as the front door on the unidentified ship starts to close around the U.S. capsule you can see the reflection of red light across the hull of the captor's ship. Where is this light coming from? It can't be from the sun, because sunlight only appears white to our eyes. (00:03:10)

Other mistake: When Blofeld blows up the crater at the end we see a shot of lava coming out of the top of the crater, but then we see a shot of the inside of the crater with all the bodies and barrels there is no lava. So where is the lava at the top of the crater coming from?


Continuity mistake: The first few ninjas enter the volcano on ropes thrown down when 007 partially opens the crater roof. After the roof is closed, all their ropes should be collected to the right side of the screen after the roof is shut. But the ropes are not gathered to the right side. Similarly, ninjas next enter the crater through the hole blown in the crater roof. But in scenes following the crater explosion, you see ninjas descending into the crater on ropes tided to the under pinning of the crater roof instead of ropes coming through the blown out roof hole. Also, the blown out crater roof hole s not visible in the subsequent scenes.

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.


Factual error: When the Russians launch their ship, they are talking about Sputnik. In Russian, the technician says that it is 36 degrees while the English subtitle reads 72 degrees, which is not accurate. 36°C is 96.8°F.


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.

Jacob La Cour

Revealing mistake: When Tanaka's train starts moving neither Bond, Tanaka nor the girl is seen to feel the acceleration. They stand/walk perfectly steady. That is impossible in an accelerating train. It is clear that it's only the lights moving on the wall.

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.

Jacob La Cour

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)

Deliberate mistake: During the scene involving Bond training at Tanaka's fighting grounds, right after Bond stabs the man with the blade at the end of a bamboo pole, no hint of blood can be seen on the blade, and yet the man's clothes are shown stained red. (01:17:00)

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: 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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