The Living Daylights

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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Continuity mistake: During the aerial showoff, in some shots the landing gear of the plane is extended, in some retracted.

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Audio problem: Near the end of the movie when Bond cuts his shoe off to make Necros fall and Necros starts screaming you can briefly see his mouth is closed during the fall.

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Continuity mistake: In the final shots of the fight on the plane, where Necros holds on to Bond's boot, his right hand position on the boot changes between shots.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Bond and Necros are fighting on the opium packages behind the plane, in the wide shot we see that Bond is all the way at the top of the bundle of packages - he takes his knife and cuts the net near his knee. In the next wide shot we see that Bond's head is above the top of the bundle of packages, but in the next close-up, packages are dropping from above Bond's head.

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Other mistake: When the tyre gets blown off the wheel rim during the chase we see no mechanical workings for the spikes that appear in the next shot before Bond drives off, we see only a tyre coming off, and we assume for maximum grip that all wheels would be fitted with spikes.

Character mistake: Just after Necros has infiltrated the MI5 safe house, captured General Pushkin and then escaped, M says that thanks to Necros, there are "2 dead, 2 in hospital." However, in fact Necros killed or seriously wounded 5 people, not four. First of all he kills the cook by strangling him. Then he gives the butler incredible burns on his face before knocking him out and leaving him with serious injuries. Then, as Necros walks out of the kitchen, two MI5 agents confront him with guns drawn. Necros throws a milk-bottle grenade right at their feet. This certainly either kills or seriously injures both men (a grenade at your feet is pretty devastating). Then, Necros throws another milk-bottle grenade at an MI5 agent standing on the staircase, which explodes, either killing or seriously wounding him. That is 5 agents, not 4, who Necros has seriously injured or killed, not including the milkman he also kills at the start of the scene (who may or may not be an MI5 agent).

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Character mistake: When the butler surprises Necros in the kitchen, he does not conform to standard emergency radio procedures. During an emergency, the emergency code word always stands right at the beginning of the message, precisely because the reporter might go off the air before he can finish his transmission. Rightfully, the message should read something like "Intruder alert, this is three-four, intruder in the kitchen, I repeat..." Of course this would have toppled the plot to no end. (00:27:25)

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Audio problem: Kara asks Bond in the plane cockpit what happened to the bad guy. He replies that he got the boot. His lips don't match what he says however.

Continuity mistake: Midway through their escape to Austria, when Bond and Kara start running from the wrecked Aston Martin, the right-side wing mirror is hanging almost vertical. A few seconds later, when the pursuing skiers arrive, it's only slightly crooked. (00:49:10)

Plot hole: When Bond uses the laser on his Aston Martin to cut the police car in half, the laser supposedly cut all the way through the length of the bottom part of the car. If that's true, the brake lines would have also been cut. The top half of the car slides off when the driver applies the brakes. If the laser cut clean enough for the top half to slide off, then the brake lines were indeed cut by the laser. How could the driver apply the brakes if the brake lines were cut?

Continuity mistake: When Bond lasers through the police car, the laser is at right angles. But, in close up shots, the angle is different.

Continuity mistake: When Q is demonstrating the stun gas/explosive key ring, when Q holds the keyring it's very slim. However, when it is placed on the desk and emits the stun gas, in close up it is very thick. This is obviously to make such a slim device emit the gas (probably an under the table gag).

Revealing mistake: Saunders is not in the door-way when the bomb launching the glass door goes off. He actually jumps forward to get there in time to get caught.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond pushes Pushkin back on the bed in the hotel room, Pushkin has a basket with a bottle of champagne in his left hand. It disappears between shots, and there is no sound of it falling to the floor.

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Plot hole: Bond leaves Kara to fly the plane because he needs to disable the bomb he placed earlier. He could have just enabled the autopilot instead of leaving Kara to fly the plane. (01:47:20)

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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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Answer: Pushkin pushes a button on his watch to summon his bodyguard, but Bond sees him do it. He rips Ava's top off so the incoming guard will be "distracted" by her semi-nudity, allowing Bond to take him out.

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