When Bond and Commander Carter send the new co-ordinates to the first stolen submarine, to destroy the second, the co-ordinate numbers typed are 092765491. But when the captain reads out the numbers to missile control, he reads "034285219".
In the car chase with the Wet Nellie (just before it runs into the ocean and transforms into a sub) the helicopter can be seen firing its machine guns directly into the ground, but there are no impact plumes or sound effects as in previous scenes.
Bond honks the horn on the Wet Nellie before passing a truck on the cliff side road. Bond presses the center of the steering wheel when a Lotus horn is actually the lever on the left of the steering wheel.
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During the car chase Jaws shoots at Bond and Anya with a suppressed revolver yet it makes a loud bang like a non-suppressed firearm.
When escaping from the Liparus by firing a torpedo at the bows, the captain gives the standard order; "Match bearings and shoot". But in this case they are not tracking a target, so there are no bearings involved; they are shooting straight ahead.
When Maj. Anya Amasova is driven by Bond into the sea in the underwater car she looks both surprised and scared, yet a little later she claims to know all about this car and what it can do,
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Barbara Bach's Russian accent comes and goes in various scenes. However, it is most noticeable when Triple X and Bond are in the van, and she says, "Give me the key!"
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The pistol Barbara Bach brandishes in Egypt is a .25 Baretta, although .25 caliber weapons are looked down upon by all military as not being powerful enough to be reliable, and would never have been used by a secret agent.
After Bond and Anya abandon the van, they tramp up and down a series of rough sandy mounds, ignoring the nice flat roadway which can be seen in the foreground.
When Bond releases the first of the captive crews, two officers grab machine-guns in order to release the others. When the crew furthest from the audience swarms out of their prison, the officer who released them can be seen going INTO the prison! Surely he should be leading them to the armory in order to take on Stromberg's mercenaries.
When Bond and Anya climb into the escape pod on Atlantis, Bond pulls a bottle of Dom Perignon out of a bucket. As he does, you can hear the fresh ice in the bucket. The only sensible reason for Stromberg to have his servants put a fresh bottle of Dom Perignon on ice in the escape pod would be if he was planning a quick getaway. But when Bond confronts Stromberg on Atlantis at that same time, Stromberg is sitting in his dining room, casually eating dinner and obviously not attempting a quick getaway.
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In the opening credits, the last girl who is doing flips supposedly on the end of the gun barrel pulls down the actual bar during rotation to the point where it shows under the gun barrel (blue; during director credit).
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In the escape pod, Bond makes his "final request" to Anya. She is holding his Walther PPK. Bond says "let's get out of these wet things", and she smiles. As they kiss, she is no longer holding the gun, she is holding Bond's hand. Also, if she put the gun down, it is nowhere to be seen on the white covers.
As Bond and Triple X are rising to the surface in Stromberg's escape pod, the pod is shown with a long appendage extending down from the bottom of the craft. When the British surface ship opens it's stern door the pod floats into the cargo hold upright which it could not do with that appendage.
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Jaws's position under the magnet changes between shots.
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When major Amasova enters the bar in Cairo, the slit on her dress shows her thighs. When she and Bond are stalking Jaws in the ruins, the dress is clearly longer.
The dirt on Major Amasova's dress suddenly appears in the middle of the scene by the ruins in Egypt.
On the train, the wine spill on Jaws' jacket disappears in one shot and is inconsistently dry in others.
In the staircase chase in Egypt as well as in the pyramid scenes, James Bond switches from holding his Walther PPK to Beretta M70.
When Bond first looks for Fekkesh, he enters his house with a buttoned jacket. He is met by a woman. Bond then looks away, the camera catches him from behind. When Bond turns around, his jacket is unbuttoned. We never see him unbuttoning it.
Roger Moore's hair length and style change throughout the film.
Just as Bond is about to get up from his seat to follow Fekkesh, a jump cut makes several members of the audience change position.
In the underwater sequence, right before Bond fires a torpedo on a diver, he steers left, but the sub turns right (although this could conceivably be an idiosyncrasy of the sub's design).
Bond starts down the mountain with his ski goggles raised, then lowers them when he sees the assassins. In the closeup after he's parachuted off the cliff, his goggles are raised again.
In the escape pod XXX is seen wearing bright red lipstick when she threatens to kill Bond. After they start kissing and upon their discovery by M, Q, etc she's got clean lips. Even a torrid make-out session wouldn't remove it all that quickly.
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When Barbara Bach emerges out of the USS Wayne, she is wearing a USS Wayne baseball cap with her tucked up under the cap. Previously when she was walking to the escape hatch of the submarine, she wasn't wearing the baseball cap. None of the crew in that area of the submarine where she was were wearing a cap (apart from the captain but that was not a baseball cap) so she couldn't have received the baseball cap from anyone.
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When the USS Wayne is tracking the Liparus, the captain ranges it at 6,200 yards. Then approximately one minute later, with no obvious time skip, the Liparus is immediately behind the Wayne and captures it. Closing 6,200 yards in 1 minute puts the Liparus' speed at 211 mph, a speed no ship of that size could ever reach. So when the captain utters "impossible", he's right.
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They travel from Cairo to Sardinia by overnight sleeper train. Not impossible, provided you're happy to go through Sinai, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, across the Bosphorus, through Greece, the former Yugoslavia, down Italy and then catch a ferry. Or alternatively through Libya, Tunisia and across the Med. But, since they're trying to avert nuclear armageddon, flying might be a bit quicker.
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The ruins where Jaws tries to kill Bond are actually from two different locations on opposite sides of the Nile.
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The two submarines leave the supertanker to deliver their nuclear weapons. Less than 1 hour later (in the time-line of the movie) the two subs are shown several hundred miles away from each other on the large globe in the control room.
The ruins where Bond and XXX battle Jaws are in Luxor. After they escape, they head to Cairo, which is 500 miles north of Luxor. However, when Bond wakes up on the boat, the first scene is at Abu Simbel, which is 250 miles south of Luxor, in the opposite direction.
When Jaws' car crashes into an old man's hut in Sardinia, he says in Italian: "Mamma mia che è successo? Oddio, tutto distrutto!", with an a accent that is not Sardinian at all. It is rather a Southern Italian accent, maybe Sicilian, badly pronounced by a foreigner.
On the globe in the control room of the Liparus, both submarines as well as the Liparus are shown being in the Atlantic ocean. Stromberg and Anya could never have made it to "Atlantis" (which is supposed to be somewhere near Sardinia) in time, using the small escape vessel. Even at full speed it would also have taken several days for the USS Wayne to reach 'Atlantis' when there would be plenty of NATO forces much closer.
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Bahamian fish in the Sardinian sea.
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When James Bond first arrives by boat in Sardinia, we can see some donkey carts. These carts are modeled upon those used in Sicily; they are not used in Sardinia.
Northern Sardinia is characterized by white granite rocks and by white sand beaches. The black rocks that are shown under the sea are totally unrealistic.
For some reason the wet-bike is brought into the Captain's quarters for assembly. Nobody in their right mind would do this. It'd be assembled outside of the submarine since trying to carry it fully assembled throughout the sub would be virtually impossible.
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Agent Amasova refers to herself as a member of the Russian Army. In 1977, there was no such thing. Before 1991, the army presiding over Russia was known as the "Soviet Army."
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When the USS Wayne is crippled by interference from the submarine eating cargo ship, one of the statements made as power failed was, "losing electrical frequency". The frequency of the electrical power on board a submarine is constant and would not be measured. The phrase was probably chosen by a screenwriter in an attempt to say "power levels dropping" in a more technical manner, but is factually incorrect.
When both the American and British submarines are attacked, they make emergency blows to the surface, then are shown with the control room in red light while the captain is looking through the periscope. The reason for rigging for red, is to prevent light from being seen through the periscope while at periscope depth. Once the sub is on the surface, and completely visible to everyone, there is no need for red light, nor would they have bothered with it during an emergency blow.
When Bond and Jaws are fighting on the train, he breaks a lamp, and uses the live wires to "electrocute" Jaws. Since Bond and Jaws are struggling and their bodies are making contact, Bond would get shocked equally as much as Jaws does.
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The Mark 46 Torpedo that the American Captain fires to escape the supertanker weighs over 500 lbs. and is filled with PBXN-103 high explosives, and has a minimum safety range of 1,500 yards, and no Navy commander would ever launch an active torpedo so close to his own ship, in this case to break open the supertanker doors to escape. Additionally, the Navy commander failed to issue a command to remove the safety features and set the safety range to zero, so as depicted in the movie with the safety still active, the torpedo would not have exploded. In reality, had the safety range been set to zero and the torpedo actually detonated the mere 100 feet or so as shown, the submarine that launched the torpedo would have been destroyed also.
After Jaws receives an electric shock and is shoved out of a train window, he just rolls straight down an embankment even though the train was travelling at speed. He should instead have tumbled along the embankment for a considerable distance.
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The co-ordinates of the two submarines show they've separated by nearly 1,500 miles in the time it took Bond to take over the ship; and with a flight time of 40 seconds, the missiles traveled at 135,000 mph - more than 7 times orbital velocity.
Jaws may have steel teeth, but his bite is just a tiny nibble to a shark.
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On Major Anya Amasova's shoulder rank boards there is a star and a single red stripe in the middle. The rank board of a Soviet Army Major is supposed to have a star between two stripes running along the length of the board.
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The detonator Bond extracts from the missile near the end has a misspelled warning to "OVERIDE main circuit".
At the start of the film, a villain is alerted by one of Bond's girls where they both incorrectly used the phrasing of voice communication language in saying "Over and out." "Over" means you are waiting for a reply and the term "out" means you are closing the voice communication conversation, thus becomes contradictory as you cannot do both.
The captain orders Mark 46 torpedoes loaded on the USS Wayne. But the Mark 46 is an 12.75 inch (diameter) air or ship-launched torpedo, and thus would not fit in the 21 inch torpedo tubes on the Wayne. The Wayne would've most likely been armed with Mark 48 or Mark 37 torpedoes.
When Bond is removing the detonator from the nuclear device the hum of 60 cycle alternating current from the magnetic device is heard. But since there would only be direct current in such a device, no hum would be heard.
At the end, it says "James Bond will return in For Your Eyes Only," the follow up to The Spy Who Loved Me was Moonraker (For Your Eyes Only was the follow up to Moonraker).
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In the opening scene, Bond is wearing a backpack and goes out the door. It is clear that the backpack has very simple strapping. Not the kind suitable for any sort of parachuting.
When the Wet Nellie is underwater, the license plates on the front and rear are different colors. However, the majority of UK cars have a white front plate and a yellow rear plate.
It's obviously a joke, but... as Bond drives the Wet Nellie out of the sea, he hands a fish to a person on the beach. If there was a hole large enough to allow a fish to enter the car/submarine, they would surely have drowned, or at least got very wet (although a leak did occur in the roof of the car just before it emerged from the water).
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Even if Stromberg managed to capture two ballistic missile submarines, how did he manage to bypass the launch systems? By that time , British and Soviet strategic missile submarines would require special launch codes send from respective governments, not from a villain.
After XXX helps destroy the enemy sub that was attacking them, Bond asks how XXX knew about the controls. She says that she had stolen the plans for the Wet Nellie, 2 years prior. She suddenly knew at that point how the Wet Nellie worked despite knowing about the plans, yet it never crossed her mind beforehand to push any buttons when a Killer Motor Cycle, A Car full of goons (Jaws) & a helicopter (Naomi) was chasing them.
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Even if Bond succeeded, he created two nuclear detonations by firing the SLBMs at each captured submarine. Given that both US and Soviet missile warning teams would be on alert, this still would theoretically caused political and radiation fallout.
Despite his plan to destroy civilization on land coming to fruition, Stromberg's underwater city is apparently still not built at all. Also, the model shows that Atlantis is clearly supposed to be part of the city, but due to its location in the Mediterranean Sea, its chances of surviving a nuclear war between the USA and the USSR seem very slim at best.
When Bond is in the Egyptian desert, he peeks around the corner, and becomes a cardboard cutout. (See trivia.)
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The Lotus goes underwater, and "transforms" into a submarine. The bottom of the car changes without explanation. The tires get pulled in, they are each replaced by a completely flat white panel. It cuts to another shot where the panels are not flat at all, but have retractable "fins." It also becomes clear there would not have been room enough for both the tires and the retractable fins in the same wheel well.
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When the periscope from the Wet Nellie appears, it is clearly a standard type, i.e. designed to look forward. Yet Bond sees the helicopter hovering overhead.
When the boat blasts out of Stromberg's hideout and lands in the water, dummies are clearly visible riding in it. It is obviously a small miniature, also.
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When Bond and XXX are on the speed boat going to see Stromberg, the underwater lair is super-imposed on the horizon, rather than midway. This would make the lair 50 miles high.
During the fight on the train when Jaws is slamming Bond into the ceiling, one of the shots shows Jaws holding up a slightly shoddy mannequin.
As the Wet Nellie drives off the pier and enters the water, we glimpse the exposed underbody of a normal car. After it enters the sea the underbody is sealed (as any good submarine car should be).
In the ski chase at the beginning, right before James Bond goes over the cliff, the long shot shows a gentle slope to the edge. Then the closeup scene cuts to a steep dropoff which wasn't seen in the long shot. In addition, as he skis down to the edge you can see ski tracks which are obviously from previous takes.
At around 19 minutes, when the helicopter carrying Dr Beckmann and Prof. Markovitz away from Stromberg's Atlantis is blown up, the wreckage falls onto a solid surface in the middle of the sea. There is no splash.
In the opening sequence showing the British sub surfacing before the credits, there are bubbles coming from beneath the model submarine.
Bond and Anya escape Atlantis aboard Stromberg's private escape craft, which is shot up to the surface, pulsating back and forth rather abruptly as it rises through the waters. Yet despite this turbulent trip, absolutely nothing is disturbed (liquor bottles, books, etc.)
Bond and Major Amasova arrive at Atlantis by boat, approaching (obviously) at sea level. When Bond goes to see Stromberg, Naomi tells him to press the third button and the elevator takes Bond upwards. Yet when he steps into Stromberg's lair, the views out of the windows show fish swimming around, and in some cases show the sea bed, even though the room is apparently tens of feet above sea level.
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There is very little down draft from the copter disturbing the water as it hovers above the Lotus/sub.
Wires can be seen holding Jaws to the magnet.
In the final shot of Bond's escape from his guards on board the Liparus the shot is mirrored.
In the low-angle shot of Bond driving the WetBike towards Atlantis, a hilltop can be seen in soft focus behind him. Atlantis is supposed to be out of sight of land.
In the parachute scene at the beginning of the movie, one quarter panel of the "Union Flag" parachute was obviously sewn in upside down. The thin red stripe on one corner of the flag is not symmetrical with the other three.
The torpedo fired from USS Wayne at Atlantis clearly has a motor fitted to the side of it. Torpedo motors are internal - a side mounted motor could not fit in the torpedo tube.
As the Liparus is exploding around them, the captain of the American submarine gives the order to load the torpedo tube with a Mark-46 torpedo when he should have said "Mark-48". The Mark-46 is about 10 feet shorter than the torpedo seen being launched in the film.
Sergei Barsov is wearing ski goggles when he starts to chase Bond on skis. However, after he is shot and falls, his goggles are off.
When 007 returns to Atlantis to rescue Anya; after he first arrives on the dock, he is asked by Stromberg to board an elevator. As the elevator starts upward, for a split second a member of the crew appears to be walking on a walkway behind the open metal shutters to the left of the elevator shaft. And a split second later his shadow is visible.
When the two nuclear submarines are programmed to destroy each other, it has blips of the missiles being launched on the globe map. They travel a curved path on the map. If these missiles were traveling the shortest path, then they would appear to travel a straight line on the map, otherwise if this was the path of travel then they would be going thousands of miles out of the way and wasting tons of fuel. This is most likely because the blips on the map are incorrectly represented as if from a side-view perspective rather than an overhead perspective.
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When Bond fights Jaws on Atlantis, his Walter PPK pistol runs out of ammunition, he reloads it and fires again. Some scenes later on, he picks it up and arms it. But in the previous scene he has fired it once after reloading so the pistol is obviously already armed. Besides being totally unnecessary to arm it again, the bullet already in the chamber should be thrown out to the right as a result.
The supertanker, between the two stolen submarines that fired nuclear missiles at each other, could not possibly have reached a safe distance from the blast radius without the supertanker itself having been destroyed by either of the stolen nuclear-tipped Polaris missiles. Not even so much as the massive tidal wave that would have followed appears.
Bond's trusty Walther PPK is a "double action/single action" pistol. The first shot cocks the hammer automatically for the second and subsequent shots. When Bond kills Stromberg, he fires two consecutive shots, both double action, and with no flash from the gun.
XXX says that she had stolen the plans for the Wet Nellie. She seems astonished when they first dive into the water in it, but since she had not had any indication that this was anything but an ordinary car, she would not yet have recognized it for what it was.
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Stromberg appears to be shot when bond fires twice into his under-the-table rocket tube, even though it's previously shown that there was a installed rocket gun at the other end. It's likely the bullets pushed the gun into Stromberg's stomach/crotch, which is why Bond then finished him off by shooting him two more times.
Stromberg's captains of the two stolen submarines who had initially been given coordinates of New York and Moscow, had they even a shred of seagoing navigation, would have instantly recognized the new coordinates that Bond had given them as the other submarine's location and would not have fired, and immediately radioed back for an explanation.
When Bond and Anya are in the escape pod at the end of the movie, they are obviously waiting to be rescued. Yet the window curtains remain open. When they get rescued / discovered by their superiors, and both Bond and Anya are startled, Bond immediately knows which button to push to close the curtains.
The man who leads the assault on the control room and gets killed can be seen alive later entering the submarine. When James Bond is captured and brought to the control room, the guard behind James is clearly one of the scientists from the beginning who are killed in the helicopter.
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During the battle inside the giant supertanker, there are hundreds of people firing guns and launching grenades with huge explosions, yet, remarkably, not one drop of blood or bullet holes on the "victims".
When the USS Wayne fires its torpedoes at Atlantis, their blue color is clearly visible. Blue colored torpedoes are merely training inert rounds with no warheads. They could not possibly do any damage to Atlantis.
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When Bond shoots Stromberg through the harpoon tube, Bond's gun suffers a "stovepipe jam", both times, which is then not cleared out by Bond. Also the stuck casings are crimped, revealing them to be blanks.