Revealing mistake: During the draining of the water in the dish, some shots show the water moving backwards. For instance, at a particular moment, masses of water jump UP, ark toward the opening, and fall in it. The most likely reason is that, during the filming, the special effects people took a shot of a replica of the dish FILLING with water, then edited it the other way, to show that the water was emptied from the dish. (01:42:00)
It turns out that 006 (Alec Trevelyan) didn't die at all. He actually was Janus and he was conspiring with Onotopp and Ourumov. Onotopp ropes from a helicopter and tries to kill Bond but Bond shoots the pilot and the chopper flies out of control and Onotopp's back is broken as she hits a tree. Bond sticks a pipe into the satellite's controls and before it could lock onto Goldeneye. 006 and Bond fight on the satellite and Trevelyan falls. Bond makes it to a helicopter and it flies away. The satellite explodes and falls on Trevelyan.
Trivia: The "dish" in "Cuba" isn't some prop designed for the film, nor is it in Cuba. It's actually the Arecibo Observatory, an antenna in Puerto Rico designed to look into space for radio waves and other signs of intelligent life.
Question: If the opening scene was staged to get 007 to surrender, then it seems it was a terrible plan. Look how many Russians got killed by Bond and 006. It seems very awkward that the whole thing was staged. Why did Bond need to surrender? Why couldn't 006 just shoot him (besides the usual reason that 007 must be executed through an overly involved and escape-riddled plan) What would they do with him once he was captured? Too many questions and a weird scenario.
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