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For Your Eyes Only (1981) Poster

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Anachronisms 

The number plate of one of the vehicles in the "Madrid" scene ends with a single A. The other one has just numbers and no letters (apart from the M, standing for Madrid). These are very old number plates for 1981 Madrid cars (at least, 15-20 years old) and the looks of both cars are way too new to accept they had such numbers. Most likely, they would have plates ending in two letters (in 1981 the plate letter series had gone already as far as EP).
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The sound of the diving helicopter when 007 was attacked at the beginning, and again with the attacking seaplane, when Melina's parents were killed on the yacht, is that of the Junkers JU-87 dive bomber, or "Stuka," and not that of a helicopter or seaplane.
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When Bond and Melina are to do the deep dive Bond mentions that they must use a mixture of helium and oxygen but when they communicate through the helmet radios, their voices sound normal, not high pitched like it should be.
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When Bond finishes putting in the pass code to the identigraph room, the code tones sound before he pushes the buttons.
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When Bond is standing under the arch, and shooting at Locque's vehicle, he fires one shot. A bullet comes out and hits the windshield. A second later, another bullet hits the windshield, but there was no sound of a second bullet being fired from Bond's gun.
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When Melina removes her scuba helmet after diving for the device, there is a release in pressure. Her air tube had already been punctured by the bad guy, so the pressure was already released and therefore no sound should have been emitted.
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Towards the end, when Bond is fighting with the monastery guard, the guard punches him in the stomach, and Bond's "oof!" is heard before the sound of the punch.
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During the ski chase scene, the sound of the motorcycle "guns" firing does not coincide with the bullets missing Bond into the snow.
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When Bond shoots Locque in the shoulder, he yells but he does not open his mouth.
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During the car chase, Bond says "Take the low road." Melina's car gets flipped over, with Bond and Melina inside, Bond says something like "not THAT low." However, his mouth keeps moving as if he is saying something else, but no words are coming out.
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Bond and Luigi are walking along, discussing Columbo. Luigi says something like "He runs a fleet of inter-coastal freighters in the Aegean" but his mouth is not even moving.
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Character error 

When Bond and Melina leave their sub to retrieve the ATAC, Bond tells Melina to speak only when necessary to reserve their air supply. But during their trek to the ship wreck and when Bond is disconnecting the ATAC, he does a lot of unnecessary speaking, such as reading the ATAC disengagement instruction card aloud to Melina, even though he's the one doing the job.
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When James Bond and Melina are walking in the streets, some salesman hands them two figs to eat, and Bond says "Parakalo" (which means please or you're welcome) before receiving the figs. He says it after the man gives it to him, which should be followed by him saying "Efharisto" (thank you). The only reason it would make sense for Bond to say "Parakalo" afterwards is if he said it to Melina as a way of inviting her to try a fig, but he says it directly to the salesman.
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After Bond seduces the countess he comments on her accent. He guesses Manchester but she corrects him by saying Liverpool. Not only does she not have a Liverpudlian accent, but no Londoner would ever mistake the accents of the two cities.
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After Bond destroys the ATAC, he turns to the Soviet and says, "That's Detente, Comrade. You don't have it, I don't have it." Actually, this is contradictory to facts. Obviously, Britain still has ATAC even though one transmitter was destroyed, and the Soviets don't have any. Hard to call it Detente when it's a huge victory for the British to keep ATAC out of Soviet hands.
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When Bond checks Luigi Ferrara's pulse to see if he is dead, he puts one of his fingers on the edge of the wrist just behind the thumb. This is the wrong place to check someone's pulse. Bond should have put two fingers on the inside of the wrist. Bond trained in the military and so should have known where to check someone's pulse.
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Sir Timothy Havelock is referred to (by people who should know better) as "Sir Havelock" instead of "Sir Timothy".
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Kristatos annoyedly calls Eric Kriegler "the voice of the KGB". However, if Kriegler is East German, as mentioned earlier in the film, he would have been with the East German Ministry of State Security (Ministerium für Staatssicherheit), more precisely the Main Administrative Unit f/Investigation (Hauptverwaltung Aufklärung), their branch for foreign espionage. While the Stasi, as they were generally known, would naturally cooperate with the KGB, they did not simply "loan out" agents.
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During the chase scene, Melina's driver's side mirror gets blown out. Soon after, it looks like Melina is looking attentively at her driver's side mirror, even though it has been blown out.
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The assertion that Eric Kriegler is from the East German intelligence agency and should not be referred to as KGB is possibly in error. One must remember they are watching a spy movie and when Bibi said he was from East Germany, she was possibly just repeating the cover story that had been put out about him. Later in the movie, it is referenced that General Gogol of the KGB is Eric Kriegler's General.
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When Emile Locque's bibliography appears on the Identigraph screen, the first appearance of the word bibliography is misspelled "BIBLOGRAPHY". The second appearance, near the bottom of the screen, is spelled correctly.
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Continuity 

Bond races through the ski chase with only one ski pole (the other was damaged by the sniper chasing him). The remaining pole was used to clothesline one of the bikers following him, but he has it again in the later shot when he first approaches the bobsled track.
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When retrieving the device underwater, Bond's left arm is injured, bleeds and his diving vest is torn; in the following scenes, not only does he stop bleeding altogether but the diving vest is intact.
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The Mercedes-Benz that Locque flees in after blowing up the warehouse is a type W114 or W115 (also called "/8") with stickers next to the tail lights to make it appear like the type W116 (the first "S-Class") which it becomes in the subsequent scenes.
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As Bond climbs up through the forest to the pool party, the guard is distracted by a woman with long curly brunette hair and a red flower over her right ear; she is wearing a blue bikini and a long cover-up. After Bond passes her and the guard and proceeds up the hill to spy on the pool party, this same woman is now seen dancing at the party in the first shot seen through Bond's binoculars; she could not be in both places at once.
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When Bond and Melina are dragged under water behind Kristatos' yacht, in one shot Melina's swimming suit has slipped down showing her naked bum. In the next shot it is back in place while her hands are still tied so she couldn't have done it herself.
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When Bond's/Columbo's infiltration team surprises the dorm full of off-duty guards at St Cyril's, a blond man seen briefly rising from a bed on the left is the same guard the team already dealt with on duty outside - he was last seen tied up and gagged after being shot with an arrow, then knocked unconscious in the basket room a few minutes earlier.
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Bond tells Bibi to get her clothes on. He peeks out into the hallway for a few seconds. He turns around, and Bibi is fully dressed already.
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When Kriegler picks up the bike over his head and throws it towards Bond, it is all in one piece. When the bike lands, it is missing a wheel. A few seconds later, the wheel is thrown separately.
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When Bond and the countess are being chased on the beach, one of the dune buggies loses its passenger side headlight. Moments later, as Bond foot kicks the gun out of Locque's hand, the headlight that was dangling from the car moments before is now securely back in place.
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When the mountaintop monastery guard is struck by Bond's piton, the blade enters his chest dead center, a few inches below the adam's apple. Yet when the body lands on the ground, the blade has moved to the man's left shoulder.
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When Bond is climbing up the rock towards St. Cyril's, he anchors his rope to a spring-loaded camming device, and subsequently drives pitons into the rock as he goes. When the henchman has dislodged all the pitons so that Bond is swinging from one final anchor - the first one he placed - that anchor has changed from a spring-loaded camming device to a piton.
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When Bond is being chased after the ski jump sequence he skies past a "beginners class" who all fall down after he passes. The last person to fall over is a woman with distinctive striped tights/pants. The next scene shows Bond skiing towards the camera and he passes the same woman, skiing. Then the shot changes to show him skiing away from the camera and she's there again in a different position, but this time with a different jacket and different hairstyle.
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During the Identigraph scene, Bond adds in details to the face of the wanted man, including eye color and hair color. In the later shots, the face on the screen has most of the other details filled in, but the hair and eyes are no longer colored in.
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As Locque speeds away from the exploding warehouse, Bond shoots two bullet holes in his rear window which disappear and reappear in subsequent shots.
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After Erich Kriegler drives through the barn and crashes the front tire, the bike is clearly OK. A second later, when he picks it up and throws it after Bond the tire is completely twisted.
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The amount and placement of damage to Melina's car changes many times during the chase scene. For example, at one point, the entire front hood of the car is smashed in pretty bad, but near the end, the front of the car is only mildly damaged.
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During the ski chase, Bond jumps over the two henchman shooting at him, causing the Klaus character to fall over. As he does so, his motorbike falls too, but is back upright again immediately as Kliegler skis over them.
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When Locque is in the car on the edge of the cliff, as it starts to slide down, Locque panics and grabs the side of the door. But in the next shot looking at Bond kicking the car, Locque is not holding the door before he falls to his death.
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After Bond has seized control of the helicopter, in the pre-title sequence, at one point he can be seen wearing a set of headphones.
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During the "umbrella escape" from Gonzalez's Place, a bullet hole appears in the umbrella before the guard fires at it.
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During the downhill chase when one of the Peugeot 504s begins to bump into Bond's 2CV, We see a close-up of the driver and there are no vehicles visible on the road behind him. In the following shot when Bond is pushed off the road the second Peugeot is almost directly behind him.
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When Bond and Melina exit the sub, the beam in their flashlights is red. When they get into the sunken St Georges (another set) the beams are clear (white). When they return to the sub, a brief view of the flashlight beam as the light falls to the ocean floor again looks red.
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During the fight in the ice rink, one of the hockey players tries to kick Bond with his blade. He puts his foot through the wall. When it cuts to the next scene, there is no damage to the wall in that spot.
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When Bond and the diver are fighting over the ATAC, Bond is holding onto it with his left hand. The diver sends Bond crashing through a glass window, and it cuts to the next shot. Bond is now holding onto it with his right hand.
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When the Neptune is hauled aboard and Kristatos starts talking, his yacht is a decent distance away in the background, moving slowly. Yet, a few words later, after a shot on Bond & Melina, it is suddenly much closer at apparently the same speed and without a change of wake.
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In the final scene, Bond's superiors call him using his radio watch. As it signals him with "Come in 007", the time on the watch is around 9:20. Moments later the parrot drops it into the water and it is shown sinking; the time on the watch now appears to be around 11:55.
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When Bond reaches the top of the climb and is kicked, the guard has on brown shoes, yet when that guard is knocking out the last piton he has on climbing shoes.
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In the downhill car-chase, the cars pass the same spot several times.
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After Bibi pats the pillow in the hotel room, it then cuts to a longer shot and the pillow has changed position.
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At night a man blows up a warehouse and escapes in a car. 007 on foot takes a short cut to head him off by climbing a number of flights of steps. By the time he reaches the top the sun is shining
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During the dinner scene at the Casino, Bond closes his menu twice.
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When the Citroen is going downhill in the chase scene, the front right headlight is smashed and reveals the yellow paint inside the headlight pod. Just before the car reaches the road at the bottom of the hill we clearly see the broken chrome reflector.
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When Bond and Melina are investigating the wreck of the sunken St Georges, the hole from the mine explosion changes shape between shots.
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Crew or equipment visible 

The camera and crew are visible in the window reflection of the car where Emil Locque is talking on the car phone at the ski jump.
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Near the beginning of the movie, when Bond and Melina are chased from the pool party, a near perfect reflection is shown in Melina's window of a crewman holding a yellow pole with equipment on top and wearing a short-sleeved tan shirt and black glasses. A few frames later he waves his hand between the backseat window and the camera.
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There is a stunt roll cage in the 2CV when the villagers help Bond and Melina right it.
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When returning to the sub, as Bond and Melina approach it, a diver's air exhaust (likely from a cameraman) escapes from the already open hatch.
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Whilst inspecting the sunken fishing boat for the ATAC console, Melina is pulled up by a henchman in a white diving suit, there is a cable and hook quite visible on the back of Melina's diving suit winching her up the wall.
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Errors in geography 

During the dive on the sunken sub, it is stated the pressure is very great requiring special suits. One of the bad guys is using a JIM Suit, which is designed for extreme depth dive work. Yet when they emerge from the sunken sub the water is very light blue and the color rendering is very good. This is only possible in 1 Atmosphere diving. At depths below 100 feet the water is very dark and colors are very gray.
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Bond and Melina are chased by cars in the mountains near Madrid, Spain. Yet when one of the pursuing cars falls down a cliff and into a net where olives are being harvested, the farmers can clearly be heard swearing and talking in Italian, not Spanish.
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In the pre-credits sequence, when Blofeld turns on his remote control, he sees the helicopter approaching Tower Bridge (and flying east). The scene then cuts to the helicopter flying past the Palace of Westminster. The Palace of Westminster is about 2.5 miles to the west of Tower Bridge.
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The ski jump and bobsled run are nowhere near each other in Cortina, Italy, as depicted in the film.
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Factual errors 

James Bond and Melina first meet in a house which is supposed to be in a mountain area near Madrid. There are women wearing bikinis and a swimming pool. In the meantime, some farmers are harvesting olives near there. Olives are harvested in December-January, when temperatures around Madrid are around 5 degrees Celsius.
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It is impossible to fly a helicopter with both hands on the stick, but Bond may not know this.
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During the rock climb, there is not a piton in the world that could stand the 1,000+ pounds of pressure on the line that resulted from Bond's slipping after the thug knocked out the other pitons. Either the line would have broke or the last piton would have easily given way during the fall, resulting in Bond's death.
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That the helicopter was remote controlled would not have nullified the input given by 007 after he assumed the cockpit. In other words, James would still have been able to control the helicopter, although it would have conflicted with the input (radio control) of Blofeld; the radio control itself does not physically interfere with cyclic control stick of the helicopter.
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When Melina and Bond are diving in the wreck, how come the console is still lit despite the boat being underwater?
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During the climb to the monastery the guard must be linked to his rope by a harness and karabiner as Bond is to his. The guard certainly moves as though connected to his rope by a harness. Yet the guard falls unconnected to his rope and appears at the end, not to be wearing a harness.
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During the gunfight in the warehouse, Bond lobs a hand grenade towards the bad guys. One of them spots it and picks it up, presumably to lob back. But it explodes as he lifts it. The explosion is followed by the man screaming but he would have been killed instantly.
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When the sentry falls to his death hundreds of feet off the cliff on to jagged rocks, there is a close-up shot of his body and the only damage is a small bruise on his face. His head would have been literally split open. While showing this accurately would have prevented the film from getting a PG rating/certificate, the death could simply have been off-screen, as in most films that show deaths of this sort.
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Neither Bond nor Erich (on the motorcycle) could have left the luge course with such a high bank to the right, being vertical. They couldn't simply have made a left "turn" and jumped off, given their speed and inward flange at the top of the curve which would have thrown them into an uncontrollable spin. To event attempt such an exit would have resulted in serious injury or death.
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In baccarat, whether the player or banker takes a card is entirely decided by the rules of the game. Neither the player nor banker is allowed to "decide" whether or not to do so. The bettor's only choice is whether to bet on player or banker.
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Miscellaneous 

The ski pole bond left during the ski chase scene magically sticks to the tree.
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The A.T.A.C. machine onboard the submarine appears to be a current (at the time) cash register attached to a rising platform.
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When Columbo's men come to help Bond on the beach, even though they just emerged from the water, they are all dry.
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Right before Columbo and Lisl have their "argument" at dinner, Kristatos picks up his fork to take a bite and there is nothing on his fork.
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The Spanish surname "Gonzalez" is misspelled "Gonzales", a typical mistake made by American and English authors and filmmakers. (However, a minority of persons have indeed that misspelled surname).
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The Blofeld character in the opening, appears bald and has a neck brace, appearing as he did at the end of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. But in 'Diamonds Are Forever', he had hair and no neck brace. The filmmakers did not confirm the character to be Blofeld himself, due to rights issues and felt that the audience should use their 'imagination'.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

James Bond was married to Tracy (played by Diana Rigg in On Her Majesty's Secret Service). In the opening scene, a gravestone shows her name as Teresa. This is because her full name was Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo, nicknamed Tracy.
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In the hockey rink fight scene: the goaltender player is wearing non-goaltender gloves. A real goaltender player wears a blocker glove on one hand, and a catching glove on the other. However, they weren't there to play hockey, they were there to kill Bond.
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Plot holes 

In Bond's assault on St Cyril, it makes not the least bit of sense for the sentry not to choose any of the risk-free, sure-win options at his disposal, viz. sound the alarm, cut Bond's rope instead of ripping out one anchor after the other, and/or simply wait for Bond to complete his climb, then calmly empty his magazine into Bond's face when he comes over the edge.
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How did Melina know to leave the diving tank at the underwater ruins ?
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When Erich is shooting at Bond on the ski course he misses multiple shots as Bond skis past him yet he is competing in the Olympic biathlon. Just after he misses those shots he then hits a pistol dead on and shoots a ski pole in half, much harder shots than shooting a full size man. It is not reasonable to believe that he would miss Bond multiple times and yet make those difficult shots.
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The entire premise of the film (retrieving the ATAC so that it can't be used to countermand attacks or order false attacks) is ludicrous from a military security perspective. In the event of a code compromise (such as the sinking of the St. George), all relevant communication codes are immediately discontinued and superseded. Even if the Soviets had been able to obtain the ATAC, they would have been unable to do anything with it.
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After the sentry kicks Bond off the mountain, he wastes valuable time trying to knock the rope anchors loose with his gun instead of availing himself of shooting them one by one. This then give Bond the opportunity to make it back to the top, and then throw a knife at the sentry.
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When taking the mini-sub to the St George's to retrieve the ATAC, why didn't Bond just destroy it right there? (or have a fake ATAC with you to hand over if caught, like Redford in Sneakers)
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Revealing mistakes 

During the keel-haul sequence, Bond and Melina are bleeding profusely but the sharks take no notice. As soon as the henchman falls in the water (who does not appear to be bleeding), two sharks appear and eat him at once. The sharks clearly have a moral compass.
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During the fight in the hockey rink, Bond climbs into the Zamboni and "hits" the last hockey player. These machines are very slow, and don't get powered up very quickly. When you look closely at the footage, it seems more like the hockey player literally skates head-on into the Zamboni on purpose.
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At the baccarat game, Bond has the same cards for both the first and second hand; the queen of spades and the five of diamonds. While this is, strictly speaking, not impossible (several packs are mixed together to fill the shoe from which the cards are dealt) it is blindingly unlikely, and the fact that these cards are initially erroneously described as giving a count of nine (court cards and tens count nothing in baccarat, while number cards count for their respective number of pips) makes it far more probable that the close-ups of Bond's cards are in fact both taken from the second hand played.
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While diving down to retrieve the spare tank with Melina, 007 is a stuntman with long, blond hair.
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The "guns" on the motorcycles during the ski chase scene have neither bullets nor magazines nor any kind of firing mechanism.
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Bond and the diver are fighting over the ATAC. Bond gets pinned underneath some type of machine. The diver reaches down and cuts Bond's elbow with his claw. If you look closely, Bond's elbow is already cut and bleeding before the claw even makes contact.
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In the opening sequences where James Bond has taken control of the helicopter from 'Blofeld' and is carrying him aloft in his wheelchair, at one stage the stunt man in for 'Blofeld' is replaced by a dummy. Immediately after, the stunt man is back in the chair and it's obvious he's wearing a 'bald wig'.
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When Bond is flying though a building, the pole the Jet Ranger helicopter is supported on is clearly visible, certainly in the new DVD release aspect ratio.
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While Bond is climbing up to the monastery and he reaches the top, the camera shows the anchor pulling out of the cliff. It is obviously stop motion photography because rocks disappear and shadows move very jumpily.
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When Kristatos hits Columbo with the ATAC, Columbo actually doubles over before the impact.
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When James leaves the sunken ship after escaping from the attacker, you can see that his dive helmet suddenly has an inner black mask attached, covering his mouth and nose. It's a stunt diver. (Those dive helmets usually have an inner mask preventing CO2 poisoning - but obviously you wouldn't have been able to see the actor's faces then)
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After Havelock and his wife are killed, his body is covered in blood but there are no bullet holes. Furthermore, his 'corpse' is noticeably breathing.
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The ice hockey player in yellow reacts to being hit with a hockey stick just *before* the stick makes contact.
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At the baccarat table, Bond faces off against Bunky. For the first deal shown, Bunky's hand has a value of 8, but Bond wins because Bond's hand has a value of 9. However, when we see Bond's "winning" hand, its value is only 5.
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When Melina and Bond return to the sub and expel the water from the airlock, Melina is gasping for air, and she grabs the regulator and breathes. There is no need to use the regulator as the airlock is already full of air.
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The third time the ATAC officer reaches for the destruct switch, his thumb catches the destruct charge and flips it up about an inch, despite the fact that it's supposed to be fastened by a very strong magnet.
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When Bond reaches the top of the cliff and the man "kicks" Bond in the face, it doesn't even come close to making contact, yet, Bond reacts as if it connected.
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After the car is kicked off the cliff, a dummy (representing the character inside) falls out of the car window when it lands. After Bond says his line, we cut back to the car, this time from above. The car is in a different place with the dummy where the car should be.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Gonzalez jumps off the diving board into the pool, there is the sound of an arrow but no arrow actually hits him. In the next scene, the arrow is in his back. At the time he was hit with the arrow he was parallel with the water in the pool; thus, this would mean he was shot from above, a complete impossibility.
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Continuity 

When Lisl is struck and killed by the dune buggy, she collapses and her dress flips up, exposing her bikini bottom. The dress covers her bikini when Bond finds her moments later.
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Rapid change from night to day when Bond attacks Kristatos' warehouse with Columbo's men and then emerges from the tunnel.
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When Melina and Bond are being dragged behind Kristatos' yacht, Kristatos is briefly seen keenly looking aft, towards Bond and Melina. After they manage to cut the rope and the yacht has turned around in order to run them over, Kristatos is again seen in exactly the same pose, still looking aft, which will now be in the exact opposite direction of Bond and Melina.
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When Melina's parents are shot by the seaplane, she runs to her father who is laying on the deck. When we first see him, there is no blood on his shirt. But the next movie shot shows his shirt covered in blood.
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Errors in geography 

The map shows Melina's father's explorations as being well away from the underwater excavation. But when Kristatos is keelhauling Bond and Melina, they're suddenly back at the excavation site.
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Factual errors 

When Gonzalez gets hit with the arrow, this scene is filled with errors. First of all, when he hits the surface of the water, it plays the sound effect of him getting hit by the arrow, but there is no arrow in his back. It cuts to the next shot, and not only is the arrow in his back (in the wrong spot nonetheless), but there is also dried blood. If he just got hit, it makes no sense for there to be dried blood already, especially underwater.
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Bond says the ATAC charge is a "transmitter with a thermite charge" - Thermite is an incendiary weapon, and not an explosive charge that would blow a hole through the JIM diving suit as it did.
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Revealing mistakes 

As Bond takes Lisl's hand acknowledging that she's dead, her eyes flinch as he kicks up some sand into them.
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When Lisl is knocked down and killed on the beach, Bond walks up to the body and casts a shadow over her face. As this happens her eye lid moves.
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After Melina and Bond have managed to cut the rope that was used to drag them behind Kristatos' yacht, Kristatos orders the helmsman to run them over. The yacht is a Panther, typical for the time, with a squat, planing hull with hard chines, some 5m wide and 20m long, with an almost rectangular "footprint" in the water. When Bond and Melina dive and look up at the passing yacht, it is a completely different vessel, with a slender and much longer round bilge displacement hull, probably a pilot boat or a military patrol vessel.
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At the very end of the film, when the parrot drops the wristwatch in the water you can clearly see the wire that the watch is attached to as it is sinking.
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When Gonzalez is killed by the arrow, the angle of it does not correspond to the perceived trajectory in which the arrow came from.
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When Melina pulls the arrow out of the chest of Kristatos' henchman, it comes out a little too easily.
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