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.
Continuity mistake: At the end, all the marines reveal themselves, to the surprise of Bond and the woman (fair enough). But at the same time three helicopters come in from the top of the screen, which apparently no-one had heard or seen until that second. Odd, especially since they only start making any noise when they're in shot...
Visible crew/equipment: This flub is virtually impossible to catch by the human eye - use slow-mo. When Bond jumps off the dam, they do a shot, following him along his descent down the ledge of the wall. In a shot only visible during three or four frames, but they catch a shot of the ledge before panning down, in which you can see the film crew watching on top, together with a van or two...
Continuity mistake: When Alec confronts Bond in the storeroom at the beginning of the film, he's seen pointing a suppressed Browning BDA at him; however in the other scenes the gun switches to an anachronistic Browning BDM (as this sequence is set in 1986). The BDM is what Trevelyan uses during the climax.
Continuity mistake: After the American agent "delivers" the Cessna to James Bond and Natalia, they make several passes over the lake in Cuba. Then the plane is hit by a rocket. Right before they crash the plane, it becomes a different plane. The original one is white and maroon. The one that crashes is white and red. It happened too fast to check the N-Number or registration, but the second plane was an earlier model as well.
Continuity mistake: During the pursuit scene in St-Petersburg, two military trucks breaks a fence and fall in the water. The first one contains 2 passengers, but 3 are ejected from it and the second one contains 3 passengers and 2 are ejected from it. More strange, the one with 2 passenger was behind the one with 3 passengers some shots before. I don't see why they would chase between them.
Continuity mistake: Opening sequence when Bond bungees off the dam, you see him lay down the bungee cord he uses, it appears to be no more than a couple meters of cord. Seconds later there is a shot of the dam itself, panning upwards from the bottom. The dam appears to be several hundred meters high, not a chance that tiny cord is enough.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Bond in the tank has caught up with the train [hard as that is to believe] they show Bond firing a shot at the train. After the shot is fired they show Bond jump out of the tank and run off screen. Approximately 4-10 seconds later they show Bond hiding by the sides of the tracks as the train crashes into the tank, but he appears to be roughly 200 yards or so down the track. I had no idea that Bond could run that fast. Bond also did not seem winded as he entered the cabin of the engine.
Continuity mistake: Near the beginning just before the radar station is destroyed you can see over Natalya's shoulder on the large map, that the Goldeneye is somewhere over northern Russia, the very next frame shows the map with the Goldeneye marker flashing because it is over its target in west Russia.
Continuity mistake: In the middle of the tank chase, you see that part of one tank's front left flap (or whatever you call the thing hanging in the very front of the tank between its tracks) went missing - an obvious result of ramming through buildings, etc. In all subsequent tank shots, though, you see the flap in perfect condition again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Continuity mistake: When James is chasing Natalia and Ouromov through St. Petersburg in the tank, James crashes through various walls and statues, but when he is looking down at Xenia, Ouromov, and Natalia as they get on the train, the tank is wiped clean with no sign of bricks, Perrier cans, or any other debris.
Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie, when Bond is racing Xenia's Ferrari, Xenia has to pull of the road to avoid a tractor or something. She then starts to spin, and it looks like she has managed to correct it, and the car starts to spin again. In the next shot, you see her pull out on the road again, but from the angle of the car and speed in the last shot, there is no way she could have corrected that spin and get back on the road that fast, since there is absolutely no traction on grass.
Plot hole: In Cuba, Bond and Natalia are in a plane flying over a lake, attempting to find the Goldeneye control station. The station is hidden, and the Janus Group inside obviously does not want the operation discovered until it's time to go with their plan. They are hidden so well, Bond and Natalia are about to give up. Yet, the enemy fires a rocket at the plane to shoot it down, and sends Xenia in pursuit to finish them off. This does not logically make sense, as the rocket would be a dead giveaway that the base is actually there and lets Bond know it. That, and the rocket would be seen by the US government, letting them know that Janus is there. So even if the rocket succeeds in killing Bond, it would give the US government a precise target and would undermine Janus' entire operation. The logical thing to have done would let Bond leave empty handed.
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?
Continuity mistake: When Bond lets go of Trevelyan on the antenna, he falls straight down and lands on the flat surface of the dish. However, he should've actually fallen into the large hole in the centre of the dish which collected all the water earlier. It's even shown directly below him as he falls.
Other mistake: When the Goldeneye is first fired, watch as the planes collide and then explode, one at a time. The plane that blows up closest to the camera is the exact same explosion, debris and all, that occurs when the second satellite is destroyed at the end of the film in space.
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Continuity mistake: When Q demonstrates the pen grenade to Bond, he says that it will explode after four seconds, when you click three times. But when he tests the pen, it explodes one second earlier. And when Grishenko is clicking the pen and Bond throws it away at the control station in Cuba, it explodes two seconds later.
Character mistake: When Bond is jumping from the dam in the opening sequence, you see him 'clip in' twice, once attaching the rope to his feet, and once attaching the rope to the dam. He is using screw-gate carabiners, large clips that have a small bevel gate on them that secure them shut. Yet Bond doesn't screw them shut - all it takes is a simple flick of the fingers and they're done. This means that they're not as safe as they should be, and could potentially open - particularly when doing something as stressful as diving off a dam. You would have thought that as Bond's parents 'had the luxury of dying in a climbing accident' as Trevelyan puts it, he would take more care over basic safety procedures when using ropes and climbing equipment.
Visible crew/equipment: At the scene where Alec Trevelyan and Bond are fighting on the antenna cradle, there is one shot (about 1 second in length) where you can see the face of the stunt double. This occurs just after Bond rolls down the stairs, and we see a shot of Trevelyan putting a new magazine in his gun. The double jumps over the edge of the platform, and then Brosnan is in the room with the huge chain drive thing that moves the antenna.
Visible crew/equipment: In the pre-title sequence there is a shot just after Bond leaves the Russian facility while escaping.In the shot, there is a plane moving and at the background Bond is standing and aiming his gun at the plane. There the person appearing isn't Brosnan, he is a stunt double. The stunt double's face is visible on blu ray. He's noticeable even without stopping the movie.
Continuity mistake: When the dead admiral falls out of the closet on the boat the morning after Xenia kills him, and James Bond opens the closet door, as he's falling he has a straight face and eyes looking straight ahead, but after he lands and it shows his face, his eyes are looking upwards and he's grinning.
Continuity mistake: When 007 and Natalia are in the plane flying over the pond and looking for the dish, Bond says "Maybe Wade was right. There is no dish." As he is saying this you can see that they are leaving the pond behind. This is obvious as you can see the trees on the same side they are flying over. Yet the missile shoots out of the pond and hits the wing while the plane is over the pond. There would not have been enough time to turn the plane round and go over the pond again.
Revealing mistake: In the scene containing Q describing the operation of the "grenade" pen to Bond, Q is not looking at Bond and appears to be being cued. With careful observation you can see Q's eyes reading the cards. Also, his actions/reactions do not seem fluid but abrupt as he reads to a point where he must do an action of some sort and he performs it suddenly. Much of the scene is shot from a profile view of Q and Bond so as to reduce the obviousness of it (mostly during the longer dialog pieces for Q).
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Bond is escaping from the archives hall with Natalya, he jumps through a window. In the interior shot, his head breaks through the main semicircle crossbar of the window. When the shot switches to outside, the crossbar is intact along with the glass above it. After Bond's recovered, the window is visible in the top left corner and the top semicircle of glass is not there.
Continuity mistake: When Bond and Natalya are being chased through the library by Orumov and his soldiers, Bond pulls out his belt and activates the piton with the high tensile cable. It goes into the wall just above the arched window. Before the camera angle changes to show the point of contact with the window, Bond is facing forward. As he hits the window he is suddenly facing backwards. Then as he exits the window, the camera outside shows him to be facing forwards again.
Continuity mistake: Xenia is squeezed to death in a tree. The tree seems to change height. When the helicopter is falling and dragging Xenia, she is lifted up towards a very tall tree. When they look again at her after she dies, the tree is extremely short and her legs are no more than a meter away from the ground.
Audio problem: When Bond is walking from one side of the chemical factory to the other behind the cage of gas tanks, we hear his footsteps with a clack sound which sounds like normal shoes on a concrete floor, not boots with a thick rubber sole. Also, the noise is out of sync with his actual footsteps.
Revealing mistake: At the beginning when Bond is chasing the plane on the motorbike, in the last shot of Bond from behind before he goes over the cliff, the background shot of the mountains is a painting. Not only can you see the square sections on the wall, but some parts of the painting don't even match.
Other mistake: When Natalia is messaging Boris for the first time, the keys she is pressing are not what appears on screen. For example, watch closely and she hits 2 buttons at the same time which when you compare it to a keyboard is the letters "p" and ";" However, the ";" never appears on screen.
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.
Revealing mistake: During the shot where Bond and Alec are emerging from the hallway floor in the dam compound, watch the left wall. As Bond bumps against it after pulling out his pistol, it visibly flexes inwards and pops back out. A concrete wall capable of supporting the weight of a dam with industrial-grade pipes wouldn't flex in like that; it's quite a thin wooden set made up as such.
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