The Living Daylights

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: That was damn stupid.

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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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