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.
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.
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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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?)
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: 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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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.
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.
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.]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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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