Continuity mistake: When the girl in the alleyway sees Jaws, she takes a closed flick knife out of her bag. When the angle changes to behind her, the blade's now extended.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond is fighting Jaws while falling from the plane, Bond's chute changes color from a red and yellow pack to a beige and red pack and then back again. (00:05:18)

Continuity mistake: In the beginnning when Jaws pushes Bond out of the airplane he has a white shirt on. In all the close ups of Jaws he has a tan shirt on. When you see him from far away he has a white shirt on again.

Continuity mistake: At 1:46:22 roughly, we see one of the Space Marines. He's standing almost full on to the camera with a slight turn to screen right. He gets blasted and he dies. But at 1:46:29 he's back and in the same position.


Continuity mistake: In the scene where Bond is in the helicopter being flown from the airport to Drax's estate, both landscape and weather change drastically from one moment to another as he approaches the castle. When the castle is first seen from the air in a long shot, it is surrounded by mountains and the sky is entirely clear. In the shots closer to the castle and from ground level, the mountains have disappeared and there are clouds in the sky. The cloud cover changes as well just after landing.

Continuity mistake: The space shuttles in this film, as with the ones in real life, can be entered or exited using the side front airlock. But one of the shuttles is shown docking with the docking port attaching to the right of the airlock. This would make it impossible to use the airlock. Later close-up shots of the docked shuttles, however, show the docking port properly over the airlock.

Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: In the final scene, in the live transmission from the shuttle, there is a full shot of Bond and Holly who are covered by a sheet, and they are at least 4 meters from the camera. In the next shot Bond's face is right in the camera, and he can reach over and turn it off.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: Bond and Holly are in a room when the ceiling opens up to show them beneath the rockets of Moonraker 5. The next shot shows one of the rockets to be below the level of the ceiling. (01:24:25)

Paul Bessant

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Drax's assistant, Corine Dufor, is being pursued to her death by his doberman dogs, she starts off with bare legs and high heels, but a couple of seconds later she's now wearing trainers and blue socks.

Continuity mistake: In Venice, a boat with a coffin passes Bond's gondola and when the coffin opens, the man has his left hand on his suit. In the next shot, he now has his hands joined together.

Continuity mistake: When the boat jettisons its roof, you can see the "folded glider" prop below being torn away with it towards the boat's left side. In the next shot it is centered again (of course) and unfolds properly. (01:16:05)

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Continuity mistake: When the chopper arrives at the Drax estate, the clock on the facade shows it's 4:40. A second later, when it lands, it's 11:05.

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Continuity mistake: Bond enters the Piazza San Marco with his gondola and a sailor watches him pass by. When the angle changes, Bond is meters behind, arriving towards the sailor again.

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Continuity mistake: After the elaborate sequence showing each moonraker shuttle docking with the space station, a wide show of the station shows two shuttles frozen in space not attached to anything. The most prominent is the shuttle in the top foreground. The shot looks like a still photo with the exception of the spinning radar dish at the bottom of the station.


Continuity mistake: Bond is in his boat being pursued by Jaws in another boat, and as they approach the raging waterfall, Bond activates the emergency hang-glider concealed within the roof of his boat. He flies away and there is no shot of his boat going over the falls, nor is his boat shown still in the water leading up to the falls when Jaws' boat approaches the falls. Jaws and his boat are shown going over the falls, but Bond's boat seems to have simply disappeared. [During filming of the scene Bond's boat got stuck on some rocks and never went over the waterfall as planned. The stuntman doing the handglider stunt would not do it again, so they had to make do with the film they had shot. They only had 3 boats to film the boat chase - one "hero" boat, one to film the hand glider scene, and a empty boat shell to go over the waterfall, which was damaged by the rocks. Still a mistake, but there's why.]

Continuity mistake: Drax's henchman Chang's name changes to Chi during the film. (The DVD subtitles also call him Chang while the actors call him Chi).

Paul Bessant

Continuity mistake: During the speed boat chase sequence, Jaws pulls out the steering wheel of the boat he is on, but when the boat goes over the waterfall, the steering wheel has disappeared.

Factual error: Although it's already been mentioned that the scene of the shuttle being stolen from the back of the 747 is impossible because the shuttle wouldn't be fueled while being transported, it should also be noted that even if the shuttle was fueled, it would still be just as impossible: During the getaway, the thieves ignited the shuttle's 3 main engines to get free of the 747 and escape: the thing is, the shuttle's main engines are fueled entirely by the large external tank the shuttle and the solid fuel boosters are attached to during liftoff, and once the tank is jettisoned, these engines cannot be used. The only engines the shuttle's internal fuel feeds are the reaction control thrusters, and the Orbital Maneuvering System (which are the two smaller engines located in the bulges just above the main engines). Both the RCS thrusters and OMS engines are almost totally useless within the atmosphere, so even if the thieves managed to get the shuttle free of the 747, they could only get it as far as it would glide unpowered: In fact, they could probably get it further if it wasn't fueled. It should be noted that this is not a fictional, futuristic spacecraft: It's a bog standard shuttle, stolen from NASA, on the back of the modified 747 used by them to transport the orbiter from its landing site to Cape Canaveral.

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[The staff of MI6 are watching a large screen that shows Bond and Dr. Goodhead making love in space.]
Minister: My god, what's Bond doing!?
Q: I think he's attempting re-entry, sir.

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Trivia: The film's budget had been more than the first six Bond films added together, but Broccoli's gamble paid off. Upon release in the Summer of 1979, the film enjoyed huge success globally, and the film easily recouped its budget.

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Question: What did Bond say in front of Drax which made Jaws reluctant to send Bond to his death in space?


Chosen answer: His comments to Drax were about the physical and mental perfection that Drax required for those chosen to repopulate the Earth. As Dolly (Jaw's girlfriend) needs glasses, she falls short of those criteria (as, quite probably, does Jaws himself), which makes him wonder whether Drax won't simply get rid of them once he's carried out his plan. As such, he chooses to ally himself with Bond rather than risk Dolly being harmed.

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