The Living Daylights

The Living Daylights (1987)

50 mistakes

New this month Continuity mistake: When Bond stops the timer on the bomb in the transport plane, the digital readout shows 3 seconds to detonation. When he restarts the timer to explode the bomb on the bridge below, the time to detonation has rather conveniently changed to 9 seconds. This gives the bomb time to land on the deck before it explodes.

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Factual error: Austria is famous for its mountains and ski resorts. But certain parts of Austria are quite flat. And the border region between Bratislava and Vienna is VERY flat. No chance to cross the border over a mountain with a ski resort like shown in the movie, unless you take a 600km detour with three more border crossings.

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Factual error: In the "Soviet" base in Afghanistan, every equipment, from armoured carriers to light tanks, are of French manufactured. And the transport plane is American C-130 Hercules.

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Continuity mistake: When the bad guy falls to his death from the plane after the fight with Bond, in one shot you can see the plane is a two-engine one, not the four-engine Hercules it's supposed to be. According to the DVD commentary, the plane was used due to the high cost of using the Hercules.

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Plot hole: At the border crossing the gas pipeline takes a narrow 90-degree turn. The 'pig' which is about 3 meters long and cylindrical, would not be able to pass through such a corner.

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Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: Gen. Koskov is flown out of the Vienna gas reservoir in an RAF Harrier. Austria is a neutral country, and no foreign military aircraft are allowed to enter Austrian airspace. OK, perhaps it was a secret mission. But it would not have been secret for a long time. The Harrier is not really a silent plane and there are people living around the reservoirs - and the center of Austrian air control is about 3 km away from the reservoirs.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning, Bond sees the bad guy get into a truck and drive off - he chases after him, about 20m behind. They're travelling on parallel roads, Bond running, and the bad guy driving (quite fast), but when Bond's road runs out he manages to jump on top of the truck, having miraculously caught up with him.

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Audio problem: In the sniper scene, Bond is asked if he wishes to use the soft-nosed bullets to kill the potential assassin to which he replies, 'No the steel-tipped'. There isn't any lip movement, however, after the word 'no'.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond has his final confrontation with Whitaker, he empties his PPK at him in an attempt to take him down. In the process, he hits the gunshield on Whitaker's weapon five times, and it remains clean. But when Whitaker rounds the corner a few seconds later, the impacts from the PPK bullets are suddenly visible on the shield's surface.

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Other mistake: When James is on the top of the jeep, there is a brief shot of it from behind as they go past an armed soldier. Watch carefully, the jeep goes over a few bumps and Bond on top seems to jump all over the place in a very unnatural way. This is because the footage has been sped up to make the Jeep appear to be going faster.

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David Mercier

Continuity mistake: Bond drives not one, but two completely different Aston Martins in "The Living Daylights." When he drives up to the safe house early in the movie, he's driving an Aston Martin V8 Volante (actually the 'personal' car of then Aston Martin chairman Victor Gauntlett, and loaned by him to the Bond producers). But the "stunt" Aston Martin - used by Bond to escape from Bratislavan Police and Army - is a V8 Oscar India Coupe. Yet both cars have the same licence plate (B549WUU). There's also a scene in Q's workshop where the technicians are "winterising" the Aston Martin, in an attempt to disguise the difference.

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Continuity mistake: The wheel that is shot off of Bonds car during the frozen lake chase scene is back on the car seconds later as Bond is jumping over the Russian/Czech soldiers.

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Audio problem: In the sniper scene, Bond asks Saunders to switch off the lights. Then Bond closes his jacket using velcro. The sound the you hear is not right. This is the sound that you will hear if you pull off velcro, not attach it.

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Vince van Riet

Continuity mistake: The weather changes from totally overcast and foggy when Bond reaches the lake, to totally clear skies when they are 'skiing' in the cello case.

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Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Bond and the girl are escaping down the mountain on the cello case, he is steering it with the cello on his right side, but in the next close-up shot the cello is between them.

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Dennis Gannon

Continuity mistake: When the woman is trying to drive the Jeep into the plane on the runway, in the close up shots there is a shiny steel ramp which we see the car wheels drive up. In the internal and longer shots, we can see that the door looks nothing like this and actually is a sort of lattice, and it has a ridge on it meaning it would be very difficult for the car to drive up.

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David Mercier

Factual error: When the police car Bond has lasered through splits in half, the metal on either side of the wheels has been cleanly cut but the wheels themselves are undamaged, despite the fact that Bond never switched it off.

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Continuity mistake: In the opening scene before the credits, 3 MI6 agents parachute out of a plane and into a stronghold. The assassin is already in the stronghold. One agent lands in a sandy area and climbs up a cliff, one lands in a tree and is shot by a guard and the other lands somewhere else. In the next shot of one agent climbing the cliff at the top you can see the assassin hiding a parachute. He wouldn't need to hide a parachute as he didn't have one himself and no agents landed in this area.

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Matty W

Continuity mistake: Two paint-shots hit the windshield of the Jeep in the right side of the window, close to the steering wheel. In the next shots the paint marks are all over the windshield - and at one point there is a clear bullet mark in the left part of the window.

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Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When trying to catch up with the assassins jeep, Bond is shot by a paintball gun in the waist. A few shots later when on top of the jeep you can see his waist several times but without even a speck of paint.

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Matty W

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