Plot hole: In the pre title sequence James Bond travels in a hovercraft along the dirt road which is full of land mines. Soon after reaching the waterfall at the end, trucks drive up along the road he just drove in on to capture him. As there was only one road in to the waterfall complex the landmines must have all disappeared, as earlier on in that sequence we are informed that the only way that the North Koreans can avoid the mines along that road is by hovercraft. (00:12:05)
Continuity mistake: When Jinx and Bond sneak onto Grave's plane, Jinx can be seen with a nickel plated pistol (this is also evident throughout the entire film). Yet when Jinx is in the cockpit and Frost tells her to hand over the gun, it's now no longer nickel plated but standard gun metal black. (01:52:20)
Plot hole: When James and Jinx sneak on Gustav's plane, Jinx heads for the cockpit. The pilot gets out of his seat and leaves, making it easy for Jinx to knock out the co-pilot and take over the plane. But what happens to the pilot? he never comes back, even when Miranda is pointing a sword at Jinx, nor when she is fighting to keep the plane flying. (01:49:30)
Character mistake: Near the beginning when James Bond enters the North Korean complex, Zao is sent information to his mobile phone about James Bond being from the "MI6 Security Service". This is inaccurate information because MI6 is the Secret Intelligence Service and not the Security Service. It is MI5 which is the Security Service. (00:06:29)
Continuity mistake: During the car chase on the ice, Bond's Aston Martin flips over. You can see the left wing mirror break off as this happens, together with a chunk of something else. When the car flips back over, the wing mirror's back on in one piece. A chunk of something else falls off though, but there's no visible damage to the car afterwards. (01:35:10)
Other mistake: During the final Ice Palace action sequence, as Bond is getting into his Aston Martin just prior to his 'automotive duel', he crouches beside the invisible car in order to minimize himself as a target as he tried to locate the handle to open the door. The explanation given by "Q" was that tiny cameras on each side projects what's on the other side. Despite crouching behind his car, he still would have been visible on the other side. (01:33:00)
Factual error: During the scene in which Bond escapes from MI6 custody, after inducing drop in heartbeat, he seizes the defibrillator paddles and uses them to shock the two male orderlies. However, only one of those paddles would have administered a shock; the other one is only there to form a circuit for the electric charge, therefore, at best it should only have shocked one of the orderlies. (00:25:15)
Factual error: Towards the end of the film as the helicopter tumbles through the sky after it has fallen out of the plane, Jinx looks back from the cockpit and sees the diamonds in a neat pile spilling out of the door. Surely if the helicopter has been tumbling through the sky, they would be scattered all over the place. (01:59:10)
Continuity mistake: During the car chase scene on the ice, the green Jaguar fires a minigun at Bond's car several times. Amazingly, Bond's car doesnt even have a scratch on it. Even if the car was bullet proof, it would still have large dents and scratches, not to mention the large cracks in the glass, the likes of which could be seen when Q fires a pistol at a sheet of bullet proof glass earlier in the film. (01:33:45)
Continuity mistake: In the beginning, James Bond steals a suitcase full of diamonds. He takes the compartment with the diamonds out, and sets a bomb under it. When we see him putting the C4 in it, we can see that the explosive is very nearly as high as the edge of the case, but the diamond compartment fits back inside perfectly. How? (00:03:00)
Continuity mistake: Just before Zao runs to the helicopter, he smashes nearly all the glass out of a stained-glass window. There's then an explosion which removes what little glass remains. But when the rubble lands and blocks the window, there's still a decent amount of glass left in the frame. (00:44:30)
Plot hole: Near the film's end, Gustav is clinging to an opening in the plane when Bond activates his electrocution button. This causes Gustav to surge with the same voltage he dished out earlier. Why is he being electrocuted? The shocks are released via the glove. If he was clinging from a metal plane, the glove would've sent the electricity throughout the plane's frame as opposed to just him. (01:56:40)
Continuity mistake: Given the amount of time Bond was maltreated by the North Koreans you'd think he would have suffered the effects of malnourishment (lost weight, muscle tone). Yet when he is seen bare-chested after the prisoner exchange, he appears perfectly fit and is able to win a physically demanding sword fight against Gustav Graves. (00:21:45)
Factual error: The 'Vauxhall Cross' Tube Station appears to be on the south bank next to Westminster Bridge across from Parliament, but it is a Piccadilly Line station, which does not cross the Thames. You can tell from the tilework because it was filmed in Aldwych, which is a real, abandoned station on the Piccadilly Line - there is a sign that reads 'Piccadilly Line' in one shot. (01:03:35)
Other mistake: In the scene where Gustav Graves performs his skydiving publicity stunt, at landing Gustav fails to flare (i.e. bringing both toggles towards his groin) at an appropriate height to create enough lift and allow for a safer landing. He only appears to apply half brakes when he has nearly touched the ground. In reality Gustav would have seriously injured himself and the canopy would have traveled forwards towards the press not remained above him as shown in the scene. Also, it can be seen that Gustav has a harness attached to his legs, there is no way that he would have been able to detach himself from his parachute and walk so fluently after landing.
Continuity mistake: Just after James loses the hind legs of the rocket sled in the scene where he is being followed by the huge beam of light from the Icarus craft, the back end of the vehicle gives off smoke. But when you next see a picture of the whole vehicle a few shots later, there is no smoke. (01:28:45)
Factual error: In the scene where Korean military officers are looking at a map of the Korean Peninsula (ignoring for a moment that the Koreans' map is in English), the map's description of the body of water between the Korean Peninsula and the Japanese Archipelago is a glaring error to anyone who knows about East Asian history. Most of the world knows of this body of water as the "Sea of Japan," but both North and South Korea have always called it by its historic name, the East Sea. The South Koreans are actively involved - with some considerable success - in an effort to get cartographers, governments, and international organizations to change the name back to East Sea, or at least have both Sea of Japan and East Sea recognized. At any rate, since the issue involves a good deal of lingering resentment owing to Japan's brutal forty-year occupation of Korea, absolutely no Korean-made map would label this body of water only as "Sea of Japan."
Factual error: In the hovercraft chase scene at the beginning, when the Korean hovercraft flips over and hits the small bunker, it can be seen that it's got a flat, metal body on the underside - but they should have lift fans there; with no lift fans, they would not be able to float at all. (00:09:35)
Continuity mistake: The first time we see the inside of the transport plane, the helicopter is very close to the yellow car, with its tail sticking most of the way over it. When Bond and Jinx come to escape and start up the conveyer belt, the yellow car's nowhere near the tail. Nothing to do with the conveyer itself - it's just two standard belts moving backwards. The car can't move any faster than the chopper. (01:58:10)Jon Sandys
Factual error: Hovercrafts would set off the land mines. Land mines have a pressure limit that has to be exceeded to set it off. This is normally around 5 kilos so that they aren't set off by rabbits and what not. A hover craft would exert more than 5 kilos of down force. So the land mines should still go off, but they don't.A Demon
Continuity mistake: During the training program, Bond shoots M to make the gunman release her. We then cut to a closeup of Bond shooting, and you can see the slide cycles, then locks back (it's a quick shot, but the earlier shot of him shooting at M shows how quickly the slide should move forwards), showing the gun's out of ammo, despite only having reloaded 4 shots earlier. It then cuts to the gunman being hit, and Bond fires again. Now that's some speedy reloading... (01:01:30)Jon Sandys
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Gustav Graves is demonstrating the power of Icarus, the audience has their sunglasses on to block the sunlight. After Icarus is shut down we see a shot of a man and a woman behind Bond to each side without sunglasses on (just after the shot of the 3 guys in suits removing their glasses). When we cut out to a wide shot we see these two people removing their glasses. (01:12:25)
Deliberate mistake: When Bond is fighting Zhao in the clinic, they accidentally set off the tomograph Zhao was lying in. As this machine's powerful magnetic fields indeed would pull any metallic object in, no doctor with common sense would allow sharp objects and other stuff within range. You aren't even allowed to carry watches and have to report any dental fillings. (00:43:50)
Continuity mistake: During the first lovemaking scene between Bond and Jinx, you see her open a knife and cut a piece of fruit. In a close-up (when you can see her whole face) you can see her eating the fruit. The camera cuts to a side view of both characters and you see Jinx put the fruit up to James' mouth so he can have some too. But when the camera cuts back to Jinx, she's still eating the fruit.Mark Bernhard
Continuity mistake: In the scene,where Bond meets Jinx the very first time, the bartender in the background does weird things. First, Bond asks him for a mojito, he comes to him. Later, when Bond looks at Jinx, the bartender is in the far left side of the counter. When next time Bond is seen, the bartender is close behind Bond. And next time the camera changes its view, the bartender is in the far left corner again. He remains there in the rest of the scene. (00:34:30)
Continuity mistake: When Q brings out the flatcar with the invisible car on it, the flatcar appears empty. Q explains how the invisibility is achieved, and he walks behind the car. We see Q's legs distort cartoonishly as he does so. Why doesn't this distortion take place when the car is moving out of the tunnel? (01:03:15)Mark Bernhard
Continuity mistake: In the scene at the fencing club when Bond and Graves are fencing, they knock over a suit of armor that is holding a sword. When Graves picks up this sword, Bond picks up another sword from the same place on the ground, but there was only one sword with the suit of armor. Also, the sword with the armor is a bastard sword, but neither character is using such a large sword in the rest of the fight.
Continuity mistake: During the scene when Bond sees Jinx emerging from the water, the angle cuts back and forth between the both of them. You can see that is some shots Bond's cigar is not lit; there is no smoke coming from it and also the "cherry" does not light up as he puffs it. In others it's lit properly. The length of the cigar and the height of the Mojito drink also change. (00:36:21)Timothy Conard
Revealing mistake: During the sword fight in the castle a sword penetrates a glass panel behind which stands an armour. The armour is then pushed through the glass panel behind it. The first glass panel breaks in big pieces (probably the usual 'sugar' glass), whereas the second glass panel shatters properly. (00:55:35)
Factual error: If you watch the DVD release of this film with the MI6 Datafeed enabled a remark pops up telling the audience the large aircaft that Bond, Jinx etc are flying in is an Antonov 225 'Myria', 'The largest operating aircraft in the World'. The aircraft which is used in the film is actually an Antonov 124 which is smaller than the AN225, only has a single tail fin,(the 225 has two),and only has 4 engines, (the 225 has six).
Continuity mistake: During the scene when Graves parachutes in for a publicity stunt, when he hits the ground and starts walking, a guard (guy in black suit with a headset) walks towards him and assists him by grabbing the parachute cords to pull it off of him. The camera angle changes to in front of graves, and the same guy is merely standing beside him while he removes the parachute belts himself. (00:51:14)Timothy Conard
Factual error: When Icarus is shooting at Bond when he's escaping in the rocket sled, in the orbital shots, Icarus doesn't appear to be hitting Iceland - looks more like it's hitting Britain.
Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the torture sequence, as Bond's face is lifted from the tub of ice water, the Korean woman leans toward him to the point where their faces are almost touching. But a fraction of a second later, as he's pushed back into the water, she's sitting back. It's too quick a change in shot for her to have simply moved - we'd have seen it.
Audio problem: When Jinx shoots the doctor the second time, she stands up and you hear the gun shot BEFORE the scene changes. However, there are four pieces of information that suggests they should not have added this sound before the change in scenes: the slide on the gun doesn't pull back, no bullet ejects from the chamber, she doesn't seem to pull the trigger, and no bullet comes out of the gun.
Continuity mistake: In the pre-credit sequence, the guy who becomes Graves demonstrates the power of his shell launcher by blowing up Bond's chopper. The soldier beside him has his AK-47 raised, covering Bond. It skips to the helicopter exploding, and comes back to Graves firing the shell launcher a second time. The soldier lifts his AK up a second time. (00:07:00)
Revealing mistake: As the invisible car creeps through the snow in reverse, the rear tires make tracks in the snow, as one would expect them to. Then the front tires go by, and the tracks do not change. It is impossible for the front tires to not have made tracks of their own, which should be visible, even within the existing tracks.
Continuity mistake: In the US Command Bunker, when the group gathers in front of the large satellite monitor on the wall to discuss Graves' whereabout, the shot from behind shows a man in business suit already passing Bond completely; when cut to the front in the next shot showing Bond's face, the same man is seen crossing right behind Bond again. (01:46:13)
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Bond's new car is introduced to him, Bond can't see it, even though it moves, but when Q walks past it, it distorts the image quite a lot. Further on in the film, whenever the car is invisible, it distorts the image behind it.
Continuity mistake: When Q hands Bond his new watch, he puts it on his left wrist, as the Pierce Brosnan "Bond" always has. Every scene from there after shows it on his left wrist. However, when he later removes it to use the laser emitter to cut a hole in the ice, he removes it from his right wrist. All following scenes show it again on his left wrist.
Continuity mistake: When James is first talking to Jinx after she comes out the water, her hand position changes on the glass she is drinking from.
Continuity mistake: At the end of the Bond/Graves sword fight (after Miranda has stepped between them), in the close-up of Bond, he lowers his sword. In the long shot a fraction of a second later, it's raised in front of him again. (00:56:25)
Continuity mistake: When Gustav Graves arrives in his ice-slidey-vehicle, in the long shot the top starts to slide open, but in a closeup it's shut, and his assistant opens it. Plus he has the helmet in his hand when the glass lid is opened, but his head was so close to the top of the glass that there is no room for him to remove the helmet with the cockpit shut. (01:06:30)
Continuity mistake: At the end of the fencing battle between Graves and Bond, Graves has a nasty cut on his right cheek near his ear. When he and Bond meet again in Iceland the following weekend, his right side is shown close up and there is no sign of this despite only being a few days later. (00:56:33)
Continuity mistake: On the old subway platform when Q is about to introduce Bond to his "new transportation," they both look on as Q clicks a control to bring forth the carriage that has the still invisible Vanquish on it. The carriage almost passes them already when the shot cuts to another angle, and this time the carriage is still approaching on the railtrack from a bit farther away. Also, Q's right arm is now up holding the remote control, when in the previous shot just a second ago it was straight down by his side. (01:05:41)
Continuity mistake: At the end of the film as Bond and Jinx are in the helicopter after being dropped from the plane, as he is starting the engine, the caution/annunciator lights turn off 3 times in 3 different shots for no apparent reason whatsoever. (01:59:05)
Plot hole: Gustav Graves leaves Iceland in the Antonov 124 with Bond and Jinx actually watching the plane take off. Later the plane is seen in the middle of a military base in North Korea, where MI6 and the CIA cannot touch it. The flight from Iceland to North Korea would have taken at least 9 hours, during which it would overfly international waters and other countries. Surely it could have been intercepted and forced down before it reached North Korean airspace?
Continuity mistake: When Bond is with Jinx at the beach in Cuba, he says to her, "It's when their prey comes out to drink." Jinx then takes the glass her from her mouth and brings it down the front of her body, but in the next shot she is drinking from the glass again.
Factual error: In the scene with the mining lasers, Mr.Kill positions a laser to be able to cut off Jinx's head. If you'll notice, the laser is still on and firing as he moves it. The way it spins down to get by Jinx, the trajectory would have already cut through Jinx. And even if not, it would have damaged the table she is on. However, when it cuts to the next shot showing the laser next to her head, there is no damage to the table, except to where the laser is directly contacting the table at that moment. No other damage is visible, despite it being on while being moved into position.Quantom X
Plot hole: According to Q, Bond's spy-car is essentially "invisible" thanks to tiny cameras on the perimeter that project what they see onto the sides. Except this in-movie explanation doesn't acknowledge the fact that the instant he'd start driving, dust, mud, snow and any other common debris would still build up on the outside and make it completely visible. Given that the movie takes place mainly in an arctic area filled with snow, there's no way the car is going to remain 100% clean all the time.
Plot hole: Bond and Jinx get on board the Antonov 124 by clambering on to one of the landing gear trucks. Bond gets on first and when Jinx climbs on in a shot from the inside of the landing gear well one can see from the background that the plane is moving at near takeoff speed - Jinx sure can run fast! Oh, and how did Bond and Jinx manage to run across the exhausts of the two right engines without getting blown head over heels?
Continuity mistake: When Bond saves Jinx from the flooded room his hair changes from wet to dry then wet again when he gets her out of the car.
Audio problem: When Bond meets M at the underground station, he walks through a door and turns slightly to his right. Cut to the platform as Bond walks towards M - we hear a door close behind him, but there is no door behind Bond when he is on the platform. This scene starts as he walks towards the arch on his left - no door there either.
Continuity mistake: Just before the hovercraft smashes through the gate, the hovercraft that was overturned in front of it disappears.
Continuity mistake: All three surfers at the start are bare footed, but once on the beach and after, they have footwear - in a supposedly continuous scene.
Revealing mistake: When Bond climbs onto the bigger hovercraft, the smaller one overturns and you can see it's an obvious dummy sitting in the back.
Factual error: The invisible car cannot possibly work as it is described in the film, by projecting an image of things that are 'behind' the car onto the side that is being viewed. This ignores parallax effects - the things that are 'behind' the car change, depending on the distance and angle from which the car is being viewed. Two people standing next to each other, on the same side of the car, would need to see two entirely different images projected.
Continuity mistake: When Jinx takes a sip of her drink, Bond says to her, "Too strong for you?" and you can see takes the glass away from her mouth, but in the next shot she is holding the glass close to her lips.
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