The Living Daylights

Corrected entry: Cleaning 'pigs' in pipelines move at the same speed as the oil or gas in the pipelines - which is quite slow. For example, the oil in the Alaska pipeline moves at 6-9 mph. A 'pig' would not run with the speed or make the sound shown in the escape scene.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: That's because most pigs are not specially designed to carry defecting Soviet citizens to the west. It would need to be faster as there is a limited air supply on board and speed is of the essence. This is also alluded to in the film as Bond has to let an unusual amount of pressure build up to 'fire' the pig down the pipeline and the supervisor's control panel goes haywire when this happens.

Corrected entry: When Kara asks James what his name is when they meet, he does not reply. However, several minutes later, when they are in the car, she spots the police and yells "James!" He never told her his name, yet she knows it.


Correction: It may only be several minutes of the movie's running time, but within the movie there has been an indeterminately long time, hours possibly, between those two scenes. It makes sense that Bond would tell her his name during that time. Also it's highly unlikely that Kara agreed to go along with Bond's plan without learning his name first.

Corrected entry: When Bond comments on Kara's appearance in Afghanistan, he says a foreign word she doesn't understand. "It means 'beautiful' in Afghan," he says. Only one problem: Afghan isn't a language. Pashto (known as Pakhto in the north) and Dari are the two major languages spoken in Afghanistan and "Afghan" is not a language or a dialect or a slang term to refer to any known language or dialect.

Correction: Bond is not going to sit there and have a conversation about linguistics and dialects with Kara. He obviously knows what language is spoken in Afghanistan (as he speaks it), but simplifies the explanation for Kara.


Corrected entry: When Necros is clinging to Bond's boot hanging from the plane, and Bond starts cutting open his shoe laces - why didn't Necros just grab hold of the net again?

Jacob La Cour

Correction: He could barely maintain his grip on the boot using both hands, if he took one hand off - even for a fraction of a second - he could have fallen. Apparently from his point of view he could not safely grab the net, and for all we know he was frozen in panic in the last few seconds before falling.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: The wheel of Bond's car is cutting no more than 4-5 cm into the ice. Nevertheless the ice cut is 15-20 cm deep. And it's not just broken off by the weight of the police car. It is a totally clean cut, so the ice was cut with a tool which reached deep into the ice.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: Your conclusion is based on your knowledge of how the filmmakers produced the cut in the ice. The reality is that lake ice is treacherous and is strongest near the surface. Bond makes a cut on the surface of the ice, so the ice is weakened along this cut line. Add the weight of a car on top, and absolutely the ice might give, and cleanly at that.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: Q asks Bond to whistle the first bars of Rule Britannia. The part he whistles matches the words 'Rule Britannia'. But the first words of that song are 'When Britain first at Heaven's command'.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: Bond whistles the first bars of the chorus, as most people would. It's the well-known part, and clearly what Q intended, as it works.


Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie, when Bond and his girl escape from the airplane in the Jeep and you can see the airplane crash into the cliff and explode. What would there be to explode? The fuel is used up/drained, so shouldn't the plane just crumple up?

Correction: There are fuel fumes in the tanks. The fumes alone are sufficient to cause the explosion.

Mark English

Corrected entry: The gas pipeline through which they shoot Gen. Koskov into freedom ends in some big gas reservoirs. They do exist in Vienna, and they were really built for this reason. But no pipeline ends there - they've been out of service for almost 60 years.

Correction: Is it really a mistake in a Bond film to have the characters use a pipe which does not exist in reality? I'll bet the gas reservoirs don't have Harrier jets taking off from them either.

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie the KGB agent who was saved by James Bond escapes with an Harrier jet. It's supposed to play in Prague but actually was filmed in Vienna on top of the "Wasserturm".

Correction: It's not a mistake that it's in Vienna, because the scene is supposed to be in Austria anyway, not in Prague or anywhere else in (then) Czechoslovakia. That's why Q says, "Welcome to Austria, general" when he arrives through the pipeline and is about to be taken to the jet.

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film, Koskov is being sent down the pipeline in the "pig". After he's been sent, and the pipeline rumbles, there is an elevated piece of pipeline that the agent looks up at - with a bend in it. The "pig" is a longish cylinder that surely cannot go around bends.

Correction: There are no right-angle bends in the pipe; all of the bends are gradual curves. The pig is designed to negotiate the curves in the pipe.

BocaDavie Premium member

The pipe has a very sharp, ninety-degree bend just before Koskov's arrival (see 00:19:55, Blu-ray). No pig of that length could possibly go around it.


Corrected entry: After the plane runs out of fuel, Bond says "there's no place to put down". They then get into the jeep and out of the plane in a complex move, ending up on a huge flat desert, right next to a long straight road....

Correction: A road like that would probably not support the plane's weight, and a sandy desert is NOT a good place to put down, as the wheels would sink quickly in the sand, probably causing the plane to cartwheel. Planes of that size take a very long taxi when landing, and even if the road could support the weight, it would need an uninterrupted length of smooth pavement to make a landing. It's one reason even pilots in small aircraft rarely land on a road, but in a field or something nearby a road. Most roads also have wires, poles, etc along the sides, which a plane could very well be destroyed from. Wires are not visible at altitude, thus roads are not necessarily the best place to try to land in an emergency.

Corrected entry: When Bond ditches the Hercules in the Jeep, The plane nose dives into a cliff. The plane explodes into a huge fireball. This should be impossible as the plane doesn't have any fuel on board.


Correction: What is has are fumes in the tank. Which are actually far more explosive than the fuel itself is.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: The cellophane on Cara's flowers is foggy in the beginning of the chatting scene after the concert, but when Kamran Shah arrives, the cellophane is clear.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: Quite simply the condensation on the cellophane has evaporated as the flowers and packaging warm up to room temperature.

Corrected entry: Bond uncovers a plot to transport raw opium in fake aid packages. He tastes some, a brown, sticky substance that looks like Marmite. However, in a previous Bond film, For Your Eyes Only, Bond uncovers a plot to smuggle raw opium in giant paper rolls. He tastes some, but the raw opium is a golden substance more like honey. How does the opium change colour?


Correction: This is a question, not a mistake. It is obviously two different processing methods to refine the opium into different forms for transport. In "For Your Eyes Only" the giant paper rolls concealed barrels that held a liquified opium, in "The Living Daylights" the opium had to be transported in solidified blocks carried on horseback.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where Bond is driving through Tangiers, watch carefully. His Audi bumps into a extra.

Correction: People get hit by cars every day. Just because someone is in a movie, it does not mean they will have perfect body coordination or driving skills all the time, even if they're James Bond.


Plot hole: Necros had absolutely no way of knowing that Bond and Saunders had arranged to meet at the cafe when they did, and wouldn't have had anywhere near enough time to track them down and set up his elaborate booby trap. Saunders only suggested the meeting place and time a few hours earlier, and it was kept strictly between him and Bond. The scene in Tangier where Whittaker tells Necros to kill another British agent takes place on the same day Bond arrived in Vienna; meaning that Necros got from Tangier to Vienna (a 5 hour-plus flight), tracked down Saunders, acquired the materials to booby trap the cafe doors (or had planned this ahead of time - unlikely) and set the trap up well in advance of he and Bond getting to the fairground. There was nowhere near enough time for all of that to happen without Necros having psychic knowledge of Saunders' movements.

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Trivia: In his regular cameo role, producer Michael G Wilson appears in the audience at the Opera which Bond and Kara attend in Vienna. He can be seen sitting next-but-one to Saunders.

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Question: When Pushkin wakes up after Bond pretends to kill him at the press conference, he apologises to his wife/girlfriend for putting her through the trauma. But since she was in the bathroom when Bond was there interrogating Pushkin (about Koskov etc.), wouldn't she have heard Bond and Pushkin discussing the staged assassination (after Pushkin says "Then I must die")?

Heather Benton Premium member

Chosen answer: She could have been let go off screen once it was clear that Bond wasn't going to kill Pushkin, so they could formulate the plan in secret.

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