You Only Live Twice

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. (00:39:45)


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. (00:39:15)


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. (00:40:45)


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.


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.


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 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: 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: 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. (00:24:30 - 00:27:40)

Plot hole: Other than a reason to advance the the plot the Americans have no reason to launch their second rocket. If they're prepared to go to war because they think the Russians will steal another rocket then don't launch the rocket. It's not like there is an urgency to get another rocket into space so as far as the Americans are concerned what is the hurry?


Factual error: When Bond is hiding on the monorail cart, it stops at the astronauts' quarters. After Bond gets out of the cart, a second cart passes by, even though the cart he arrived in is still on the track (out of shot). No one moved the cart before the second cart passed through.

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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 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: 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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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.

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. (00:15:40)

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.

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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