Goldeneye

Factual error: When Bond fights with Xenia in the sauna, she wraps her legs around his torso. He tries and fails to get them released, but he does create enough space between her legs which would, realistically, release the pressure on his body. (01:03:00)

Factual error: At the climax of the movie, when Bond is holding Trevelyan by his foot over the dried lake and the dialog exchange of "For England, James?" "No... for me.", Bond lets go of Trevelyan. He then falls a very long distance onto solid concrete. A short time later, the movie shows Trevelyan still alive and moving his head around. This is not possible. A fall from that that height, especially falling on concrete, would have killed him instantly. The shot of him hitting showed him landing on his head and back first. This would have crushed his skull, and snapped his spine. Even if that didn't kill him, it would have knocked him out cold. The mistake goes even further though. The antenna array then explodes and falls on Trevelyan, while he screams at the top of his lungs. Even if someone was somehow able to survive that fall, the damage done to their body would have caused massive internal damage and bleeding. Trevelyan's lungs would have filled with blood. There is no way he could have screamed, let alone that loudly. So this mistake is twofold. The fall would have killed him instantly. And even if not, he could not have possibly screamed. (01:59:05)

Quantom X

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Suggested correction: This is simply your opinion. There is record of people surviving skydiving falls where their chutes didn't open. While it is likely he would have died on impact or been unable to move or scream if surviving, it is not a certainty.

Factual error: In Monaco, the Admiral's ID card is written only in English. As a Canadian, the card would be both French and English. (00:23:20)

Dr Wilson

Factual error: When Ourumov activates Goldeneye, it shows the targeting reticule on the large wall screen pinpointing Severnaya in central Russia, close to Siberia. However, Severnaya is an island north of mainland Russia. (00:34:16)

Factual error: After Trevelyan gets killed by falling on the dish, Bond jumps on the chopper to escape. But the chopper has to be at least 10-12 feet away from Bond to avoid its wings touching the pole Bond was hanging from. Also, Bond can't be high up as he has to be below the wing level of the chopper, else he will crash in the wings. How did he manage to jump so easily such a large distance? Some art of flying horizontally in air? (01:58:05)

Factual error: While James Bond is chasing the escaping Ourumov, in one shot he jumps into a T-72 tank and then continues chasing him. A tank such as that would take at least 15 to 20 minutes to start up, and the tank is not already running when he gets in. (01:17:25)

Factual error: When Bond and the girl are first escaping the general, they break into the archives room. Shortly after that, all the soldiers run into the archive room on the floor below Bond. The soldiers then chase Bond and the girl and while shooting at them through the metal grating floor, but none of the fluorescent light fixtures are ever shot out. (01:16:30)

Factual error: When the Goldeneye satellite is repositioned for targeting, the display shows a retrograde, east to west orbit. Only a couple of satellites have been sent into retrograde orbits. One use would be for a killer satellite that smashes into other satellites, not one that is hiding in plain sight until needed. A retrograde orbit is no faster than a standard orbit at the same altitude. Not only that but since a retrograde orbit is much more difficult and costly (in terms of fuel and other resources) to achieve, due to working against the Earth's spin instead of benefiting from it, very few satellites use one. This makes the addition of one in Goldeneye something that would draw extra attention from foreign powers, the exact opposite of what a country launching a super-secret satellite weapon would want. (00:35:00)

edstrass

Factual error: At one point, Bond and Natalia jump into the dried satellite basin and slide uncontrollably towards the centre to avoid gunfire from jungle soldiers. The friction encountered would have burned off their skin and clothes, leaving them for dead. Even though the area has just come out of the water, you can see that the basin is stone dry. (01:43:00)

Ssiscool

Factual error: Boris changes the satellite's orbit to be over London instantaneously via computer. Re-tasking a satellite takes days, even weeks. (01:43:00)

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Suggested correction: We're talking about a fictional USSR weapon. There's nothing saying it couldn't have been designed in canon for rapid positioning. Furthermore, we don't see Boris again after betraying Natalya until we see him in Cuba, which could have easily been a week or 2 - he could have started the repositioning when he first arrived.

Factual error: In the tank chase scene, Bond drives through the concrete wall with the turret forward. This would absolutely wreck the gun. Also later the tank is sliding around on the road. A real tank wouldn't do this, it would rip up the road. (01:17:30)

Factual error: The missiles launched by the helicopter when Bond and Natalya are tied up in the cockpit are Mistrals, as revealed by the cockpit's screens - short range infra-red homing missiles. They home in on heat, they can't be programmed to turn 180 degrees in mid-air and target a specific location as they do here.

Jon Sandys

Factual error: When Alec and Xenia escape from the train with a helicopter, that helicopter is a Robinson R22, piston engine powered. So we shouldn't hear a turbine noise but a sound like an car's engine. (01:27:00)

Factual error: When Bond and Natalya slide down the dish after being shot at, Bond stops them by putting his feet against a bar or something at the edge of the hole. However, they are traveling so fast that this should have broken (or at least somehow injured) his legs. Plus, that little thing called inertia should have sent them both over the bar, down the hole, and to their deaths. (01:48:15)

Factual error: In the cemetery, Bond encounters Alex Trevelyan, whom he thought had been killed in the chemical plant explosion. One of Treyelvan's henchmen shoots Bond in the right side of his neck with a dart but in the very next scene, and for the remainder of the movie, Bond's neck shows no sign of having been punctured. (01:08:10)

stevewaclo

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, arc 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)

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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.

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Question: How did Alec survive being shot at the start only to return later in the film. It's something that I can't figure out, as James saw him get shot.

Ssiscool

Chosen answer: The real answer, which I believe was explained better in the game or in special features. Regardless, I did hear, is that Ourumov wasn't aiming directly at Alec's head, but to the side and shot the ground behind him. But made it look like he shot him in the head. Alec would have felt the bullet whiz by him.

Quantom X

That makes more sense.

Ssiscool

It has been a while since I watched the movie, and my copy is a VHS... but I believe if you watch very closely you can actually see the bullet hit the ground behind him with a tile breaking. I don't remember for sure if you can, but I seem to remember they did add that little effect.

Quantom X

Answer: But what about the Russian soldier who was nervous and fired at the gas tanks, only to be shot by Ourumov? Did he fake his death too?

That's a valid point. Ourumov never reloaded.

Ssiscool

Answer: He was shot with a blank cartridge. What that means is that the casing in the gun chamber didn't contain a live bullet; instead of killing him, the gun simply gave off a realistic flash that tricked Bond into thinking Alec had been shot. As explained later in the film, Alec's death was staged between himself and Ourumov.

Cubs Fan

Wouldn't James know it was a blank round? Lack of blood for example?

Ssiscool

Ourumov shot Alec and the Russian soldier with the same gun but, only the soldier was actually killed.

But that doesn't work, because even blanks can be deadly at close range.

MrMovieBuff

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