Moonraker

New this week 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.

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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.

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John.G

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 farther if it wasn't fueled.

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Plot hole: After the final battle scene we can see Jaws and his blonde girlfriend enjoying a champagne. But they are sitting in a blown-away section of the station which has no gravity.

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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.

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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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Jon Sandys

Continuity mistake: In the cablecar, Dr Goodhead's shoes change from high heel to flat sole and they also change color.

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Dr Wilson

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where the space station explodes, the wire holding up the model is visible when the explosion backlights it.

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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.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond and Holly escape from the control room below the rocket, Bond has his sleeves rolled up, and his lower arms are bare. However, later in the film he is wearing his wrist-arrow-gun. Where did that come from?

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Jacob La Cour

Visible crew/equipment: In Venice, when the two scientists are dying, there's a shot in front of Bond with one of them standing on the window. There's a reflection of the two scientists and something else moving behind, a crew member or some kind of equipment.

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Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: When James Bond is beating with the pilot on the airplane, the wall beside the door is beige viewed from inside and brown viewed from outside.

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Dr Wilson

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.

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Factual error: Two pilot/astronauts steal a space shuttle by firing it up and launching it off the back of the Boeing 747 transporter. This cannot happen : the 747 can't lift the shuttle with a full fuel load - it only just lifts it empty. (Why would they carry a fully fuelled shuttle anyway?)

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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.

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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.

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Jacob La Cour

Factual error: The space shuttles in this film are supposed to be the same that we use but they attach on the space station beside their airlock. It's impossible for the astronauts to enter the station.

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Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: During the laser battle inside the space station, one of the villains on one of the upper circular tiers makes a move as though to signify he was hit with a laser a second or two before the laser actually hits him.

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Tobin OReilly

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.

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Paul Bessant

Deliberate mistake: During the space battle, one of Drax's men gets his back pack blasted. (1:46:37) His entire pack explodes so that his jet pack and life support are destroyed. But as a result of that blast, all the parts from his suit FALL DOWN! Even though there's no gravity.

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John.G

Factual error: When Jaws jumps from one cable car to the other there is no way he could have leapt the distance he does considering the way he hops off the first cable car.

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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.

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Plot hole: 007 replaces the plans in the safe with his miniature camera.

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Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: The snake that attacks James Bond changes color during this scene.

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Dr Wilson

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.

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Factual error: As Bond switches his gondola to hovercraft mode in Venice, a large skirt unfolds from the bottom of the craft. There could never be enough room below the deck of a gondola to store the folded skirt plus whatever fans and machinery the air cushion drive would require.

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Doc

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.

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Doc

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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Sacha

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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Sacha

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.

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Vader47000

Factual error: When a real shuttle is launched (or any other large rocket) the exhaust must be deflected sideways and guided through massive tunnels or trenches so that it does not bounce back into the base of the vehicle and destroy it. The Moonrakers lift off from inside an enclosed structure with no means of guiding the massive exhaust plume safely away. The tiny tunnel through which Bond and Holly escape would have been utterly useless to vent the exhaust of a real shuttle. In common with other movies, the noise and violence of a real launch simply cannot be portrayed accurately.

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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.]

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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).

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Paul Bessant

Factual error: Drax hides his station by "jamming" Earth radar. However, jamming involves blasting out noise to confuse radar. At the very least, it would alert authorities that something was up there.

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Factual error: Jaws cuts one of the steel ropes of the cable car by biting through it. Even with his metal teeth it would have been impossible for him to do that - to cut such a large steel rope would require hundreds of tons of pressure.

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Revealing mistake: When Bond is in the space station, the American shuttle is being attacked by a laser array. Bond thwarts the attack by activating a switch which causes the space station to decelerate, whereby it loses its spin and artficial gravity. People and objects start to move violently with respect to the station itself as a result of this. We see Bond and the operator being jerked back from the operations console. However, there are 5 actors close behind them who remain standing in the same position and do not move at all.

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Revealing mistake: When James and Holly finally escape from the space station, there's a shot of it with debris falling towards Earth. They disappear when they pass in front of the Earth.

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Dr Wilson

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.

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Continuity mistake: On the airplane, James Bond punches the pilot in the face and his sunglasses moves. They're back on his eyes in the following shot.

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Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: In Venice, the knife that the man in the coffin throws at 007 wobbles like rubber.

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Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: At the very start, when the people are out of the plane, and Bond hasn't got a parachute. Obviously, the stuntman would have a mini-parachute under his jacket. The wind blows Bond's jacket up for just a second, and you can see some of the mini-parachute.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Bond is in Drax's study with Miss Dufour, there is a shot where he appears to be photographing the documents just before gathering them and returning them to the safe. We see Bond's hands, but these hands do not hold the minicamera. The fingers are artfully folded to hide this.

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

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Continuity mistake: When 007 enters the control room of the secret base, his clothes are already dry but his hair is still wet.

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Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: On the widescreen version, keep watching Lois Chiles during the laser firefight on the space station. She starts off at Bond's side, then joins Col. Scott. But after a shot of Drax fleeing, we cut back to Bond, and she's just leaving his side to join Col. Scott.

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Factual error: Prior to the boat chase, Bond is travelling up river, so he shouldn't wind up at the top of a waterfall.

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Plot hole: For the shuttle to land at Drax's Amazon hideout he would need a very long runway, something that could easily be detected by satellite.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Plot hole: It would be impossible for Drax to decontaminate the laboratory and remove the equipment in Venice and return it to the room we see in the amount of time given.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Doc

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.

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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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Jacob La Cour

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Continuity mistake: When the Minister of Defence sees Bond and Holly making love in the space shuttle, he leans forward on his chair. In the next shot, he is sitting straight and leans forward a second time.

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Continuity mistake: When one of the NASA controllers says "We have audio visual" in the control room, look at the Mission Control Director. You can see that he has his hands clasped together, but in the very next shot his hands are separated.

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Continuity mistake: When Drax throws two pieces of meat at his Doberman Pinschers, one piece lands by the leg of one of the dogs. But when Drax clicks his fingers to signal the dogs to eat the meat, the piece has moved in front of the dog's face.

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Continuity mistake: During the fight with Chan, the lighting on the wooden crate that they break changes every time: sometimes the lettering is fully lit, others half lit.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Bond smashes Chan against the Rio de Janeiro labeled crate, the damage on the planks changes completely between shots.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: Before the gravity simulator starts, Bond has had his tie skewed and his shirt opened and messed up. A frame later it's all ironed and neat.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Corinne show Bond the Moonraker base from the helicopter, watch the headphones behind and you'll notice they change positions between shots.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: In the chopper, when Corinne is shown without headphones her hair swaps from messed up to brushed back and forth between shots.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Bond and Lois slide through the cable car's cable, note the water ripples around the small island behind and you'll notice that it is a fixed image that is repeated seconds later.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Bond pushes the Chinese guy through the paned glass window, the remaining glass has an irregular shape in some shots, or square in others.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When the basket on the gondola is about to hit the bridge, the crucifix on top disappears.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Bond's gondola is shot at, the yellow seats become wet, and the droplets disappear in the immediate following angles.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: The bullet holes on the gondola disappear between angles.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Q shows Bond how the laser gun works, note the Mexican doll's red handkerchief. It changes styles between shots, despite the laser being aimed at the mannequin's head.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: On the cable car, Jaws punches Lois, who knocks her head against an iron structure. A frame later, when the angle changes, she is knocking her head again.

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Sacha

Revealing mistake: When Bond is freefalling, the stunt man's jacket has a very obvious zipper on the back, to allow the safety parachute underneath to open in case of emergency.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When the movie starts and Bond is in the plane, the champagne bottle faces a 9 o'clock or 11 o'clock position, depending on the shot.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: During the parachute scene, Jaws has green goggles, but his stuntman in the wide shots wears transparent goggles.

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Sacha

Revealing mistake: During the parachute scene, Bond's stuntman looks nothing like him and is very noticeable.

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Sacha
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Continuity mistake: During the parachute scene, in the wide angles Jaws' stuntman has perfect straight white teeth, nothing like the characteristic edgy metal teeth.

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Sacha

Other mistake: Drax's henchman is listed as "Chang" in the end credits, yet when Bond is speaking to Holly in her hotel room, he calls him "Char".

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Revealing mistake: When Bond uses his 007 camera to photograph Drax's plans, watch the close-ups behind the camera especially when he turns the camera vertically, it's not Roger Moore.

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lazarus1968

Audio problem: During the fight in the ambulance, when James says "Sorry about that" after falling on the woman's legs, his mouth doesn't move when he says it.

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Casual Person

Continuity mistake: When the space station laser deploys, the American space shuttle can be seen in the distance, with the curve of the Earth angled next to the shuttle. The shot changes to a close-up of the shuttle, and the curve of the Earth is now directly underneath it.

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Vader47000

Continuity mistake: When the shuttles dock, the docking ports connect to the shuttle models to the side of the airlock (this is shown for at least 3 moonrakers), which would either prevent the airlocks from opening or have them open into space, rendering them useless. In later shots, however, showing people exiting the shuttles into the station through the docking tunnel windows, the docking ports are properly positioned over the airlocks.

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Vader47000
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Continuity mistake: When Jaws goes to pull the ladder with the man on it, we see a close-up of him (with short hair) in shock then it cuts to a doll (with curly hair) falling back with the ladder.

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lazarus1968

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr Wilson

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

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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.

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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.

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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+.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Sacha

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Continuity mistake: When Bond shoots the man in the tree, he is wearing a hat. He is still wearing it as he falls, but when he is shown on the ground, it is nowhere to be seen.

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Revealing mistake: During the pursuit in the Amazonian forest, one of Drax's boats jump. The persons in it are shown to be dummies because they smash so violently that a person couldn't survive that impact, and they stay bent after that.

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Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: When James Bond is falling from the airplane, his Jacket is attached to his pants but it wasn't when he was in the airplane.

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Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: When Drax is about to destroy the American shuttle, Bond, at the last minute leaks out all the gravity and everyone starts floating. In the next shot or two when you see Bond starting to float, a wire is visible that is used to make him hover.

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