Octopussy

Corrected entry: Near the start where Bond is trying to evade the missile in his mini jet plane, the sound becomes the distinctive discordant scream of a diving propeller driven plane (think World War II dive bomber), rather than the whistle of a jet engine it should have.

Correction: The "distinctive discordant scream" is the airflow over the wings, not the sound of the engine. Some low-speed jets make this sound, and the Arco Starjet Bond is flying is one of them.

Specifically, the mistake is likely referring to the moment where Bond starts to dive towards the hangar. Here we do indeed hear the distinctive, and oft-used, stock sound of a propeller-driven Stuka dive bomber from World War II. Several other Bond movies use it as well.

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Factual error: At the East German / West German checkpoint, there is a level crossing. The warning signs for road traffic are clearly visible and are unique to the UK (where the shot was filmed).

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Octopussy: Who is he?
Kamal Kahn: Englishman. Likes eggs, preferably Fabergé, and dice, preferably loaded.

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Trivia: The American Air Base in Germany where Bond disables the atomic bomb was actually an American base in England. Look closely and you'll see the painted stop signals on the left side of the road in some scenes.

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Question: The opening scene shows a military base with an equestrian event taking pace, which Bond infiltrates and places a bomb in an aircraft before getting caught, then escapes with the aid of his assistant and a small jet aircraft. How was this related to the rest of the plot?

Answer: It wasn't meant to be related at all. It was just an action sequence to start off the film as Bond completes a previous assignment before a segue into the familiar 007 opening theme and a new song. I recall there were some other earlier Bond films that also used this formula. After the opening bit, the story starts as Bond meets with "M" for a new mission, then a briefing with "Q" about the latest spy gadgets. There was also the obligatory flirtatious banter between Bond and Miss Moneypenny.

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I see what you mean. I'm thinking of those films where the opening scene has some link to the main plot (e.g. The Spy Who Loved Me), but Moonraker is like this one, it starts off (spectacularly) with Bond at the end of a previous assignment.

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