The Living Daylights

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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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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Factual error: Both in Czech and in Slovak, the forms of last names always mark gender (aside from some exceptions which aren't relevant here) 'Milovy' is not a possible last name for a Czech or Slovak woman because it is a male adjective. 'Milová' would be possible, though. This kind of mistake is very commonly made with Slavic names (e.g. Russian women whose last names end in '-sky' when they should end in '-skaya') Also her first name 'Kara' is virtually never used in the Czech Republic or Slovakia (let alone communist Czechoslovakia) and sounds very exotic to the people that live there. We can just assume she got an unusual first name for some reason which is entirely possible, but overall her full name sounds very silly to a native speaker.

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Factual error: While Bond is taxiing down the runway at the Russian airbase, he is nowhere near takeoff speed for that aircraft (if he was, the Jeep wouldn't be able to catch up).

Factual error: When James Bond and Kara Milovy are on the plane and it runs out of fuel, one engine quits first. When this happens, the aircraft turns towards the stalled engine, so the pilot has to compensate by steering towards the good one, or the plane will spiral. James Bond doesn't do this, he just keeps the wheel straight and pilots normally. (01:59:17)

Factual error: When Bond steals the opium laden plane from the airbase, Kamran Shah and his men are busy fighting the Russians. Considerable flying time later (during which Necros gets the boot), Bond then drops the bomb on the bridge. Somehow Kamran has managed to get ahead of the plane on horseback.

Factual error: Aircraft have multiple independent tanks. If one tank is hit, it should be able to fly for hours on the others. It would be very unlikely that all tanks of the plane got hit during the firefight - some are in quite well-protected spots. It is actually very nigh impossible to pierce every single tank from the outside and still have a flyable plane remaining.

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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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James Bond: There are a few things I'd like to check out first, sir. That sniper, for instance.
M: Yes. I've read Saunders report. You jeopardized the entire mission to avoid shooting a beautiful girl.
James Bond: Not exactly, sir. I took a split second decision. It was instinct.

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Trivia: After Bond returns to London (when he's completed his mission in Eastern Europe) there's an 'establishing' shot of a London street scene. Look closely at the placards behind the newspaper vendor. One of the placards says "BLAZING JEEP AT 2,000 FEET" - a reference to the Jeep on fire and going over a cliff in the pre-title sequence perhaps?

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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")?

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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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