The Prisoner

The Prisoner (1967)

9 continuity mistakes in The Chimes of Big Ben

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The Chimes of Big Ben - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: Number 6 chooses a rather thin tree to cut down and fashion into his canoe. Somehow, when he's finished hewing out the wood to form the boat, it's considerably wider than the tree he started with.

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The Chimes of Big Ben - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: After Nadia and Number 6 are placed into the packing crate, there's a shipping label on the front. In the next shot, it's vanished. Later, it reappears, but is now on the crate's side.

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The Chimes of Big Ben - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: Due to a very poor edit, an extra walking past Number 2 and Number 6 as they talk on the patio disappears in mid-shot.

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The Chimes of Big Ben - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: Nadia's number badge is upside down when she serves Number 6 breakfast. It's turned itself right-side up when she leaves, though.

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The Chimes of Big Ben - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: In long shots of the truck transporting Number 6 and Nadia, the crate they're supposed to be hidden in disappears from the truck bed.

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The Chimes of Big Ben - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: Nadia and Number 6 go together to the Green Dome (Number 2's residence). While they stand at the entrance, the door knocker changes to one of a completely different design between one shot and the next.

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The Chimes of Big Ben - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: Number 2 sits down and places his umbrella beside him with the handle facing out. The camera angle changes, and although he hasn't touched it again, the umbrella handle is now facing inward.

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The Chimes of Big Ben - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: When he's playing chess with the General, Number 6's jacket changes between takes. At first it has solid piping on the lapels, then the piping has gaps, then it doesn't again.

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The Chimes of Big Ben - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: When Number 6 and Nadia get into the shipping crate, they're both able to stretch out completely for the 12-hour trip. But when the crate is opened, it's suddenly several inches shorter, and 6 has to bend his neck at an uncomfortably sharp angle to fit into it.

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Throughout the episode, Number 6's lapels switch from having solid to broken white piping and back again.

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This episode was not shown in the initial U.S. airing of "The Prisoner" on CBS. There was speculation that its pacifist, anti-violence moral might have been construed as a Vietnam War protest, but the network's reason for censoring the episode has never been disclosed.

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