Licence to Kill

Licence to Kill (1989)

31 mistakes

Factual error: The discharge from an electric eel doesn't make flashes of light or sparks in the water, as shown in this film.

David Mercier

Factual error: When the air hose on the truck is severed, the brakes release. In reality, on an air-braking system, if the air hose is severed, the brakes lock on, as a safety measure.


Continuity mistake: In the scene on the plane you see Bond hanging at the door on the right side of the plane, in the next shot you see the plane making a left turn, in the following shot Bond is still hanging on the right-side door. Shouldn't he have fallen into the plane ?

Factual error: A shotgun cannot make such a large hole in a wooden wall as it does in the bar where Bond meets Pam. A slug would make a single smaller hole, and pellets would make several small holes.

Jacob La Cour
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Visible crew/equipment: After Bond received a lighter from Felix and Della, he uses it and the flame is big. In the beginning and the end, you can see a tube is connected to the lighter and the tube goes into his suit.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Sanchez fires the Stinger at Bouvier's plane, it misses the right elevator, yet the left elevator starts to smoke. In the next shot of the plane, the right elevator now has a large flaming hole in it.

Continuity mistake: The fire in the lab is started by Bond throwing a glass of burning gasoline on a table. A few seconds later we see that it is burning two separate places in the room. How did it jump? In the clip where Bond is placed on the conveyor, we see a small fire on the floor of the lab, but nowhere else. Nevertheless we hear an explosion and see black smoke on the outside. That fire spreads unrealistically fast.

Jacob La Cour

Factual error: At the casino in Isthmus City, Bond is asked to cut the deck. He does that physically - splitting the deck in two. No casino in the world allows the players to touch the cards. The cut is made by inserting a plastic card in the relevant place.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: In the end of the movie when Bond and other driver drive by trucks on the road and Bond tries to bypass the other truck we can see from the rear view angle that number plate of Bond's truck is BSK118. When Bond and other driver drive side by side, we can see from the front view angle number plates of both trucks. Suddenly Bond has a truck which plate is BZX255 and other driver has a truck with BSK118 number plate. After the other truck has collided to the rock and when it's driver comes out, we can see part of the truck's number plate which has letter BZX2... Later we can see that Bond drives again the truck which number plate is BSK118. So trucks have changed during some phases.

Revealing mistake: When Lupe Lamore puts Sanchez's iguana down on the table near the end of the movie, you can see the iguana bounce slightly. Also, it isn't breathing.

Plot hole: Bond goes after Lupe after she leaves the casino table and they have quite a lengthy, hush-hush conversation. It's a casino and there are cameras everywhere. Certainly, this would have been brought to Sanchez' attention since he was already leery of Bond and possibly Lupe.

Other mistake: When Loti is shot three times, all three bullet holes appear on her at the same time.


Continuity mistake: When the four blokes get covered in the crop dust there's a big white patch on the ground. When they get up and run at Bond the white patch is gone.

Continuity mistake: When the tanker is blown up by the rocket ,the driver runs of to the left. Cut to the long shot of the tanker blowing up and the driver is gone.

Continuity mistake: When Bond forces the tanker off the road the front wheels come off and Bond's tanker stops. Switch to inside the cab with Bond and he's moving again.

Continuity mistake: When Sanchez gets in the petrol tanker at the end the two drivers from the crashed one are in front of the one that's on fire. One is lying down, the other injured, but when the trailer blows up both men have disappeared.

Continuity mistake: Around the time Lupe starts dealing at the casino table, we see a woman in a purple, red and yellow dress walk away. In the next shot, a close up of Bond, the woman is standing behind Bond, and in the next shot she is walking away again.

Revealing mistake: During the tanker chase scene, the characters are driving Kenworth W900B tanker trucks. The W900B series trucks have cab door latches located on the bottom, rearmost corner of the cab doors. After Bond forces another truck into the ditch, its driver can be seen climbing out of the wrecked truck. The door latch on this truck is now located just below the window. Kenworth stopped using this style of door latch in the early 1970's on the W900A, the W900B's predecessor. The truck in the ditch has been swapped out with an older W900A for the explosion shot.

Continuity mistake: While Bond attempts to pass a tanker during the chase scene, he forces another tanker into the ditch. In subsequent scenes, you can see the crashed truck appears to have had the engine removed and replaced with a dark object meant to simulate the appearance of an engine.

Continuity mistake: When Bond's unhooked tanker trailer collides with another tanker, you can see the tanker truck involved has pulled to the left side of the road with its wheels pointed left. The truck also appears to be intact through out the scene. During the second explosion, as Sanchez is escaping in another tanker, you can see the disabled tanker truck now has its wheels pointed to the right. The disabled tanker is also missing an exhaust stack and you can see daylight through a portion of the grill, indicating that its radiator and engine have been removed.