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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Add timeDavid 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.
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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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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Continuity mistake: In the teaser, there is something wrong with the landing of the second agent. He lands on a dirt road and runs to his left behind some bushes while pulling his parachute towards the ground. To his right is a rock wall. In the next shot he lands again - presumably below that rock wall. But he was running in the opposite direction. If he changed direction and jumped over the wall to the right he would have run into his parachute. And it can't be a wall behind the bushes to the left he jumped over, because you can see from the shadows that the sun comes from the low side of the wall in both shots.
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Continuity mistake: When his plane runs out of fuel, Bond and Cara eject in the jeep. When the jeep ejects, the plane is just a couple meters off the ground. Cut to a shot of the plane crashing into a cliff, it's at least 10 to 20 meters up. Impossible for the plane to have gained altitude; the engines were off and no updraft of air would be strong enough to lift a plane that size.
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.
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.
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.
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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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).
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.
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 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).