From Russia With Love

Continuity mistake: When the man from Q branch shows the briefcase to Bond, he removes one of the ammunition sleeves from the case, opens it, slides a few rounds into his hand and then starts to return the rounds to the sleeve. Just before the cut to the throwing knife coming out of the case, Bond is still trying to put the rounds back into the sleeve, with the cap of the sleeve being held between his thumb and first finger of his right hand. At the cut, all the bullets have been replaced and the cap is back on the sleeve. When it cuts back to the wide scene, the cap is off again and Bond is now holding it in is left hand. (00:21:50)


Revealing mistake: When Bond and Tania are evading the bad guys on the boat we see James push the fuel drums into the water. Look closely at the next scene and you can see the wake from the boat filming the sequence.


Audio problem: When Krilencu kills a guard with a knife at the gypsy camp, he then says "Quick!" but his lips don't move.

Continuity mistake: In the helicopter chase, Bond is running around carrying the Lektor. It is supposed to weigh 10 kg. You can tell an object's weight by how easily it can move from side to side. That box does not weigh 10 kg - it swings way too much, too fast, and too easily.

Jacob La Cour

Audio problem: When Tania and Bond are in bed the first time, and Bond says, "Well I hope you are not disappointed," his mouth doesn't match the words.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: In the chess game, when Kronstein has moved the queen, and we see a closeup of the large wall board, where the queen is moved - in the next clip when we see the wide shot of the room, the queen has not yet been moved.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: In the scene at Kerim Bey's office, the pillows on his mistress's bed move between shots. (The center pillow lies much lower in the second shot than in the first).

Jacob La Cour

Revealing mistake: When Bond and Kerim are sailing in the underground reservoir, just before they arrive at the Russian Consulate, there is a closeup of the oar moving through the water. At the bottom of the screen there is a white object moving through the water. It is not clear what it is, but it is not there in any of the other shots of the boat - neither before nor after. It could be the leg of a crew member pushing the boat.

Jacob La Cour

Factual error: When the train arrives in Belgrade the clock on the station shows 6.32. It is dark! That is not only 32 minures since the location where Bond was suppoesd to get off the train, where it was bright daylight. Furthermore it is shown that the train passes through Bulgaria and Yugoslavia. That will take more than 32 minutes. However it must be evening and not morning, because it continues to be dark in the next clips where the train drives to Zagreb.

Jacob La Cour

Factual error: When the train passes the road crossing where it should have stopped - at 6pm - it is very bright daylight, and the sun is high in the sky (which can be seen from the shadows, among others those cast by the car on the road). The sun is never so high at 6pm in western Turkey/eastern Greece. That scene has been shot earlier in the day.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: In the close-up where we see Krinelcu get shot, he is resting his legs on a flat surface just below our view. That is clear on the position of his legs and the movements of his body. He is kneeling on a floor. But in the clips we have seen of the house it is clear that the poster is painted on a completely flat building. There is no ledge for him to be resting on. Also in the shot where he falls from the lighted opening, no ledge is visible.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: During the helicopter sequence towards the end of the film, we see a view from the pilot's seat in the helicopter and Bond can be seen running directly below it. In the next shot, however, Bond is nowhere near the helicopter.

Continuity mistake: During the boat chase scene, Morzeny is first seen riding in a boat with a small wooden mast arising from the middle of the windshield (similar to Bond's boat). The mast is present in most shots, but at one point, when he tells the boat "SPECTRE 3" to move over so his boat can come through, the mast is gone, replaced by a small antenna.

Continuity mistake: In the scenes in which Tatiana is in the back of the flower truck and aboard the boat she is wearing a light blue top and gold skirt. Yet in the shot in which she moistens her finger and holds it up to the wind she is also wearing a vest that matches the skirt. But, the only luggage they brought on board from the truck are Bond's attache case and the Lektor.

Continuity mistake: Q demonstrates to Bond how to properly rotate the latches on his briefcase to arm or disarm the exploding tin of talcum held inside. Q then asks Bond to open and close the latches, to be sure he knows how to do it. Bond closes the first latch without any trouble, but the second latch will not engage, and Sean Connery does his best to 'keep the scene alive' by ignoring the recalcitrant latch and tries to obscure the faulty mechanisim by casually placing his hand over the latch. As Bond turns to leave M's office with the briefcase, the latch is still open, yet as Bond reaches the doorway the scene cuts to the opposite view of the door and the latch is now securely closed.

Other mistake: Monty Norman's name is misspelled Monte Norman in the credits.

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Continuity mistake: James Bond has a scar on his back, but you can't see it when he's preparing his bath.

Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: When Tatiana and 007 are on the speedboat, she can be seen putting a flare gun down down behind the windscreen and directly behind the small mast, but in the next shot (from behind) the flare gun has changed position, and is now to right of the small mast.


Audio problem: When Rosa Klebb visits SPECTRE Island, she asks where Grant is. A guard beside her says "at the lake", then shortly afterward, she says "take me to the lake." But their mouths both appear to say the word pool.

Continuity mistake: After giving the fifty sovereigns over for a cigarette, Bond takes his hands away from the case. After the line "Any more in the other case?", his hands are suddenly back on the case.

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Donald "Red" Grant: Is any of the opposition around?
James Bond: Not in any condition to be worried about.

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Trivia: On the train passing Bond is an old man with a walking stick, the man is Ian Fleming, the writer of the Bond books.

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Question: When Bond hands Moneypenny the photo before he leaves, he writes "From Russia With Love" on it. Would this be another in a series of Bond sight gags, similar to stopping the bomb timer at "007" seconds in "Goldfinger"?

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Chosen answer: It would, yes. Also I am to understand that it's his sense of humour.

Alan Keddie
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