Moonraker

Correction: As a matter of fact, if you look closely, there is something visible where the astronauts should be. The resolution of the DVD isn't good enough to show details, but you can see that the zone where the astronauts should be looks different. Since the paths are generally well raked, the ground should look exactly the same as everything else. It would have to be an incredible coincidence if whatever it is that's where they should be wasn't the astronauts.

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Corrected entry: The third probe enters the atmosphere long after Bond and Goodhead in the shuttle, though it's pretended earlier that they have to enter at a steep angle to keep track of the probe.

ichabod

Correction: Wrong. It is the FIRST probe that enters the atmosphere; which becomes the third one they destroy. Since it was launched first, it enters the atmosphere first and they must use a steeper angle of descent to reach it. Not a mistake.

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Corrected entry: When Bond is investigating the laboratory, he is interrupted by two scientists who come in so he hides in the room behind. Just then the vials fall to the ground emitting the deadly gas. The room Bond is hiding in is now sealed and the only way to get into that room is through the laboratory. Only one problem, how does Bond get out and not be discovered in the room. The room would be sealed until crew are able to come and clean it up, so Bond couldn't possibly get out.

Correction: Bond is in an airlock between the hallway and the lab. The door from the airlock to the lab seals off when the vial breaks; the door from the airlock to the outer hallway remains unsealed because the airlock was not contaminated.

BocaDavie Premium member

Correction: How is this trivia? The musical themes are repeated constantly throughout all Bond films.

Corrected entry: How could Drax's henchmen as medics arrive so quickly, even though the plan was for Bond to be killed by Jaws?

Correction: They probably served as immediate backup in case Jaws failed to kill Bond, which is something to be expected since Jaws failed to kill Bond several times earlier in the film and in the previous "The Spy Who Loved Me."

Corrected entry: Moments before the shuttle is stolen, the pilot of the 747 says they will cross the English coast in 15 minutes, but when M briefs Bond, he says the wreckage is in Alaska.

Richard Standing

Correction: The pilot says they will cross 15 minutes ahead of time, not in 15 minutes. He is suggesting they are 15 minutes head of schedule.

Corrected entry: In the Venice scene, Bond uses a hovercraft gondola. Such a vehicle should have air intakes for the lift fans in its bottom. So, it'd have sunk without some sort of inflatable pontoons, which it didn't possess. Also, when the vehicle rides on the streets, there's no sign of propeller or so - lift fans can only hover a vehicle, they can't push it forward.

Correction: Retractable plates would cover the lift fans during normal operation to keep it from sinking. We see the hovercraft gondola drive forward in the plaza so we know it has some form of locomotion; possibly a wheel mounted beneath it.

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Corrected entry: Bond and Dr. Holly Goodhead escape from a fiery death under a space shuttle by running through a convenient ventilation shaft. However, the flames from the shuttle exhaust would use up all the air in the shaft and suffocate them. That's if they haven't been killed by the fumes from the shuttle's solid fuel boosters or even killed by the sheer noise of the shuttle blasting off.

Correction: All assumptions. The ventilation shaft is open at the far end allowing air to flow in and replace any oxygen burned off by the shuttle exhaust. The air flowing in would also vent fumes away from Bond and Goodhead. Apparently they were able to survive the noise of the shuttle's lift-off.

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Corrected entry: When Bond is in Rio watching the planes taking off through a telescope he follows its path only to be looking straight at Dr Goodhead, looking straight at him, ALSO through a telescope. Bond then takes about 5 steps towards Holly meaning that the plane must have passed close enough for them both to have jumped on.

Paul Bessant

Correction: The plane is in the far distance, Bond needs to re-focus the telescope to see Dr. Goodhead.

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Corrected entry: After Bond and the guard have tumbled out of the ambulance in Rio, Dr. Goodhead, the CIA agent, is left alone in the van. She should be able to escape. She is still tied up, but she should be able to free herself in the same way that Bond did, especially as there is now no one to stop her. Why is she still a captive later on in the film?

Correction: Several possibilities - her stretcher didn't have the same railing that Bond had, she did escape but was recaptured, etc. Basically, she didn't escape.

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Corrected entry: Why is the space station not visible from earth? Its got a radar jamming device so it can't be tracked by radar, but it hasent got a cloaking device. So you would still be able to see it with the naked eye from Earth. You could see MIR and the International Space Station.

Correction: You would see MIR or the ISS only if you were looking for them, and even then you would need a powerful telescope to see that they were spaceships. Unless you were specifically looking for this space station it would appear, at best, as a dim star for the casual observers from earth - and no one was looking for it.

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Corrected entry: Laser beams should be invisible in vacuum, such as the final battle scene.

Correction: Should be, yes; and should not "strike" an object with an audible impact. These are apparently not lasers, the only real "laser" in the film is the one aimed at the American shuttle. These are some imaginary technology weapons that fire an energy bolt that leaves a tracer behind.

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Corrected entry: The female helicopter pilot is showing Bond the Drax empire from above. She is wearing a head-set. Next shot, her hair has been made up,and the head-set is gone.

Correction: Between these two shots we also go from being over a city to being out in the desert - clearly we've skipped the bulk of the journey, giving her plenty of time to have removed the head set, which is seen hanging on a hook behind her.

Corrected entry: Laser beams have no kinetic energy. In the final battle scene, characters hit by lasers start spinning as if they were hit by an object.

Correction: The lasers have no kinetic energy but the heat energy transferred to the victims would cause thrust as their bodies expel gases and burning flesh; also as spacesuits are punctured the reaction of the interior pressure will propel them.

Corrected entry: In the cable car scene you see Jaws bite the cable in half to stop the cable car, in the next scene you see Jaws climbing on to the other car. After that another villain starts the cable car, for some unknown reason both cars start to move, how is this possible if one of the cables has been bitten in half?

Correction: There are support cables and driving cables, he bit through one of the supporting cables.

Corrected entry: When the Moonraker shuttles launch the crews are not in spacesuits.

Correction: Can you show us the relevant sections in the Dracco Industries Rule Book that says the crews must wear space suits?

Soylent Purple

Corrected entry: The space station turns on its axis when the shuttles arrive but it has stopped moving by itself when they attach to it.

Dr Wilson

Correction: The station is stationary when the moonrakers arrive. They dock and a single henchman goes across to turn on the 'artifical gravity' and get the station rotating.

Corrected entry: When James Bond is falling from the airplane, you can see the fingers of the cameraman in the upper left corner of the image the shot after the closeup on his face.

Dr Wilson

Correction: They are Bond's fingers, the shot is from his Point-Of-View, after all.

Corrected entry: A typical countdown to the launch of a space shuttle is 48 hours, given the numerous factors and preparations involved. The idea that the NASA could have one ready and launched in the ultra-brief time that it takes them (once they spot Drax's station on radar), or have one on standby in case something like this happened, is ludicrous.

Correction: At the time of the movie(1979), NASA stated they would be able to launch a shuttle every week. According to their plan, a quick launch, as shown in the movie, would have been possible.

Corrected entry: Bond and Goodhead escape from Jaws in the cable car by throwing a chain over the cable and sliding down. A bad guy in the control booth starts up the gears and the cable car is in pursuit, almost chatching up to Bond and forcing him and Goodhead to drop from the cable. Not possible; the cable car is attached to the moving cable and can only move as fast as it is pulled. No matter how fast that is, Bond is moving with the speed of the cable AND sliding down on the chain. There is no way the cable car could have overtaken him.

Correction: Bond cannot be both sliding down the cable AND moving with the speed of the cable as you describe. Either he is sliding: in which case the moving cable will have no effect on his speed, OR his chain is NOT sliding but is in full contact with the cable: hence he would travel at the same speed as the cable. There were also several cables to each car,so he may have been sliding down one that wasn't moving.

I think what was meant was Bond is sliding down a moving cable, which means the motion of the cable adds to Bond's motion, which together is greater than the motion of the cable car, which only moves at the speed of the cable. It is like hurricanes often have the strongest winds on the right side of the eye, because the storm's motion adds to the circulating wind. You are correct that Bond could have been sliding along a non-moving cable.

Factual error: The space station rotates for pseudo-gravity, but everyone falls along the rotational axis towards the bottom of the screen instead of falling outward from the axis as they actually would. Admittedly this would be difficult to film (Stanley Kubrick's astronaut jogging in a giant hamster-wheel in Space Odyssey - nuff respect) so I guess they just hoped the audience wouldn't know the difference. (01:29:40)

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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?

Onesimos

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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