Moonraker

Revealing mistake: When Bond stops to study the map at the beginning of the Amazon chase sequence, you can catch some brief glimpses of a black object floating in the water. This is actually the explosive charge used to simulate the initial mortar fire's impacts from his adversaries' boats. Keep a close eye on those 'shell impact' locations to spot them proper.

Daniel4646

Continuity mistake: In many of the scenes which are supposed to be taking place in zero gravity, the women's' hair still falls in the normal way instead of floating.

Josman

Continuity mistake: Shortly before Drax farewells James Bond in the Brazilian base, the countdown on the screen says "T -00:14:06". Six seconds later, it's "T - 00:11:08". Another five seconds later and the "T-" is gone. Looks like they cut a bit or two there. (01:25:45)

ichabod

Other mistake: In the boat chase on the Tapirape, Bond's torpedo hits the enemy boat either on its back or left side, but neither are damaged by the explosion in a subsequent shot. (01:18:15)

ichabod

Factual error: When Bond and Goodhead's space shuttle enters space, it still has the main fuel tank attached. However, when Bond releases the fuel tank it falls downward. It should maintain its momentum in orbit around the Earth until atmospheric drag (which extends out to high orbit) causes the orbit to decay over many years.

Tobin OReilly

Continuity mistake: In Venice, the man in the coffin throws a knife at the captain of the gondola and one at Bond. There were 4 knives besides him and 3 after that. When he dies, the knives have disappeared.

Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: When the pods are launched from the space station, it's obvious that they are models mounted on threads.

Dr Wilson

Visible crew/equipment: When Bond is fighting in the sky with the pilot, there's some shots where the shadow of the cameraman passes over them.

Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: The helicopter on which Corinne Dufour and James Bond fly has a huge number written on the bottom, but it has disappeared when they arrive at Drax's palace.

Dr Wilson

Factual error: When James Bond is in the control room of the secret base, I think it's when the second shuttle takes off, there's the time at the bottom of the TV screen moving forward, but it's written T- instead of T+.

Dr Wilson

Audio problem: When Bond is being shot at while motor-boating away from his pursuers in Venice, at one point during the chase, they shoot right next to a rope on his boat and a sound from a silenced handgun is heard when the bullet hits the wood. No one is using a silenced handgun.

Continuity mistake: When the bad guy is struggling with Bond at the beginning trying to get the parachute, just before Bond kicks the bad guy away for good, there are shots of Bond's face and he's wearing the kind of eye protection goggles Jaws has on, only in a clear color. Bond didn't have these with him and never put any on, and in shots after the bad guy gets the boot, he doesn't have the goggles on anymore.

Plot hole: There is no way Jaws could get back to the base to pull Bond out of the pool after going over the waterfall. Bond had simply travelled too far by hang glider.

Factual error: When the space station starts to rotate to generate artificial gravity, the crews from the space shuttles can be seen walking along the tunnels. The gravity would be pulling them back towards the shuttles - acting outwards from the center of the space station.

Continuity mistake: When Bond kills the python, Jaws pulls Bond out of the pond and Jaws' trousers are dripping wet. But when Jaws walks into the shuttle control centre, his trousers appear to be completely dry.

Audio problem: While Bond fights against Chan in the basement, Bond pushes him against a table covered in papers. Chan falls backwards but a frame later the table is broken and the papers are all over the place. The sound of the previous crash is missing.

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Revealing mistake: When Bond and Chang are fighting in the glass museum, Bond cuts Chang's stick in half with his foil. If you look carefully, you can see a mark on Chang's stick where it is to be cut.

Revealing mistake: When Bond is taking photographs of the plans with his 007 camera, ignore the 007 camera and look behind it as he turns the camera vertical, you will see someone with very dark eyebrows which is not Roger Moore. (00:26:50)

lazarus1968

Continuity mistake: When Drax is jetisened from the Space Station by Bond, he flips end over end but at some point in the last moments we see him his body moves upward as though he hit some turbulence and then it moves downward. This isn't possible in space because unlike skydiving where one can manipulate his body in flight, in space one can't change his momentum without something to counteract the direction one's headed in like jet propulsion or running into an object that would allow them to stop the way they were previously headed. Drax has neither the jet propulsion since he is ejected in just his suit and doesn't run into anything which would change his direction.

Tobin OReilly

Continuity mistake: When Jaws is chasing after Bond and Dr. Goodhead in the cable car, while they're sliding down the same cable on a chain, a long shot of both of them very clearly shows that Bond is sliding down one cable, and the cable car is on the other cable.

[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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