Revealing mistake: During the cable car scene, when Bond and Goodhead are sliding down, not only is the image in the background a still image (check the boat left of the island, and the waves next to the coast on the right), but the very same shot of them sliding downwards is used twice.

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Factual error: The station's gravity is turned on and off several times before and during the battle. The film establishes the gravity is on because the station is rotating. Bond and Holly turn off the gravity to prevent the Americans from being shot down. Then, after the American Marine shuttle docks, gravity is restored and is never seen being deactivated again. However, the station begins to take on serious damage from the battle and literally begins falling apart. Even setting aside the fact that the mass shifts would affect the station's ability to produce gravity, the external shots of the damaged station don't indicate it's even rotating anymore, but everyone inside is still able to move around as if gravity is still active up to the final destruction of the station.


Continuity mistake: When Bond is in the speed boat he puts a white helmet on, cut to the front of the boat when the wings are deployed and the helmet is missing, then the long shot of the hand glider and the helmet is back, Bond is also dry despite getting soaking wet by the explosions.

Other mistake: When the shuttles dock we see a close up of one docking, on the side of the shuttle is the hatch which completely misses the docking arm but we hear the sound of it making contact.

Revealing mistake: During the boat chase in the jungle, in several of the front shots of Bond's boat you can see the wake from the camera boat in front of him.

Visible crew/equipment: During the speed boat chase you can see the charges floating in the water - they are black squares/rectangular.

Revealing mistake: During the speed boat chase Jaws waves the 2nd boat past. The boat goes from right to left and the camera boat goes left to right - in the background you can see the wake from the camera boat. It's doing a 360 degree turn, completely different to the one Jaws is on.

Revealing mistake: During the boat chase in the Amazon the second boat blows up twice and is moving very fast but the third explosion shows the boat stationary with no time to stop.

Continuity mistake: When Bond and Goodhead are in the back of the ambulance the interior does not match the outside - the windows are a different shape and the roof is too high.

Factual error: Space shuttles are designed to glide and not fly like a plane - even if the stolen shuttle was flown off the plane it would not make it to Drax's jungle base.

Revealing mistake: When Moonraker 6 jettisons its small fuel pods, the one on the right has a visible wire behind it.

Continuity mistake: There's not enough time for Drax to say his goodbyes to Bond and then get to the cockpit of Moonraker 5 in the same time that Bond sets up his watch to blow the vent.

Visible crew/equipment: When Bond changes from gondola to hover mode, look at the wooden posts in front of him. You can see the water jets supplying the bubbly water to simulate hover mode.

Factual error: Moonraker 6 with Holly and James on board jettisons its booster rockets after reaching space. The solid fuel boosters are jettisoned after they burn out at about 50 km height, far below orbit. Their empty weight is considerable, it is highly doubtful if the shuttle would even be able to carry them into orbit. (01:28:55)

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Continuity mistake: When Jaws bites through the cable car cable, the angle of the cable shows it to be in the top station. Yet he then travels up in a cable car to reach Bond and Dr Goodhead.

Richard Standing

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Bond jumps out of the plane without a parachute, in some of the shots Bond is wearing goggles, in some he is not.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond is looking at the Drax aeroplane in Rio, he sees Holly through the telescope. You can see she has both hands on the telescope, but when Bond puts his left hand on hers, the camera cuts away and she has only her right hand on the telescope.

Continuity mistake: During the cable car fight, Bond and Holly put Jaws through the sunroof and Bond slams the sunroof shut. But when we see a camera shot of Jaws from above, the sunroof is open.

Continuity mistake: During the speed boat sequence, Jaws has two colleagues wearing yellow on the boat he is on, but when the speed boat goes over the waterfall, the two men have disappeared.

Continuity mistake: Chang watches Bond leaves the room in which he found the safe. When Bond walks away from the room, we see Chang's real profile standing up, but in the next shot he's back crouching in the corner again.

[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: One of Drax's "master race" was Melinda Maxwell, daughter of Lois Maxwell - "Miss Moneypenny".

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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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