You Only Live Twice

Plot hole: Blofeld tells the bad guys that they had Bond and let him get away. The woman says "but Bond is dead. It was in all the papers." As we saw in a paper near the start, there was a well publicised photo of Bond, and when she met him he wasn't using any kind of disguise, so how did she not recognise him if she'd seen the papers?

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Plot hole: The ferocious battle in the crater ends instantly when Bond blows up the space ship. Why? Aren't Blofeld's men still going to try to defend themselves? How do they know Bond has succeeded in his mission? They can't see the control room, let alone the television sets.

Plot hole: Right after Bond escapes Blofeld and joins Tanaka and Kissy, they say they need to get to the control room (that Bond just left from), they look at the "front door" to the room and Tanaka says "Impossible! It's too well defended!". Why did they not go back the way Bond just came from, through Blofeld's "apartment"? Instead, they fight their way across the entire launching complex and go through another entrance, which ALSO leads through Blofeld's apartment.


Plot hole: In the volcano base, Bond finds and frees three captured astronauts - two Russians and an American. But when they enter the SPECTRE astronauts' room, there are only two of them with Bond (and there is no indication that the third one was seriously hurt in the previous struggle with the guards); and after Bond is dressed in the spacesuit, they disappear from the story altogether.

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?

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.

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.

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Plot hole: What exactly is the point in "making Bond Japanese"? The bad guys already know who he is and they already managed to infiltrate Tanaka's training compound after altering Bond's appearance, so if making him look Japanese was supposed to help the mission it didn't.


Plot hole: In order to stop the Spectre spacecraft, Bond dresses up as a Spectre astronaut and tries to sneak on board. But why didn't he just waylay all 3 Spectre astronauts, which would have scuttled the mission? Instead he just waylays 1 which allows the mission to continue.

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?


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?


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.


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?


Revealing mistake: In the car chase, the girl keeps the steering wheel straight all the time (in the shot from inside the car), although the street is not straight at all.


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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: 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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