You Only Live Twice

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.

Jacob La Cour

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.

Jacob La Cour

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.

Jacob La Cour

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 setting up the subsequent car chase and helicopter sequence what is the point in Bond going back to Osato's office posing as Mr. Fisher? As far as the plot goes Bond doesn't get anywhere else in his mission so couldn't he and Ali have just gone straight to the Ning Po?


Factual error: The vessel supposed to be Chinese is in fact a Japanese vessel belonging to Mitsui OSK lines.

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Suggested correction: This probably belongs under trivia, not mistakes. What on screen gives away its identity?

Plot hole: If a fake burial at sea and a picture in the newspaper was enough to convince Bond's enemies that he was dead, was it really necessary to have him shot at in the bed at the beginning? We learn later that the girl he was with was part of the fake death (and probably the gunmen too) so couldn't Bond's people have just started with the newspaper and burial at sea to begin with rather than risking his life in the process?


Factual error: The room where Bond cracks the safe to steal some documents, there is a solid automatic door to enter the room. However right next to it, the wall is thin as paper (Japanese Shoji paper). It makes no sense to put a safe in a room like this or secure it with such a solid door when burglars just can walk through the walls. It's not armored milk glass or similar - during Bond's fight with the Japanese driver he already smashed one of these "walls" inside the room.


Revealing mistake: Every time Blofeld's rocket is shown approaching the American capsule near the end of the movie look closely at the screen. When we see the rocket on the closed-circuit screens you can tell it's a badly superimposed image because you can see the stars passing by behind it.


Plot hole: When Bond and the other astronaut try to make their way onto the rocket Blofeld has them captured, and he tells Bond "no astronaut would have entered the capsule with his air conditioner." If so, the real astronaut that was helping Bond would have realised this mistake himself.


Other mistake: At the beginning of the movie James Bond is on a submarine underwater in Hong Kong harbor. Then, he is launched from a torpedo tube and is in Tokyo shortly afterwards. It's 1,800 miles from Hong Kong to Tokyo.

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Suggested correction: Bond is on a submarine that has the capability of traveling from Hong Kong to Tokyo. Bond's meeting with M is even interrupted with an announcement that they're about to get underway. There's also a cut from Bond leaving M's office to Bond in a wetsuit preparing to exit the sub through the torpedo tube, a cut that could encompass the time period the sub took Bond into Japanese waters.


It takes several days for any submarine to travel one thousand eight hundred miles. There is no way, no how that submarine could have traveled 1,800 miles in a few hours. Not even the Disco Volante hydrofoil from Thunderball could have traveled 1,800 miles in a few hours, let alone a submarine traveling underwater.

Revealing mistake: When Bond back-drops Hans back into the water during their fight in Blofeld's quarters, you can see that Bond is not Sean Connery but his stunt double.

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.


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.

Jacob La Cour

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.

Jacob La Cour

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.

Jacob La Cour

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.

Jacob La Cour

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.

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: For production Designer Ken Adam's giant Pinewood volcano set, some 700 tons of steel were used and some 250,000 square yards of canvas. It featured a working monorail and elevators and cost $1 million to produce.

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