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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When the taxi driver picks Bond up in New Orleans, his dialog and his lip movements don't match.
After Bond and Solitaire go underground via the grave, the guards they avoid can be heard to be running on a manufactured floor (perhaps tiled or vinyl). There is no floor in the cave at that point, just rough rock.
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When Bond visits the Voodoo shop, a shop bell sounds as the door opens. there is no bell fitted to the door.
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Character error 

When making the coffee for M, Bond puts the milk in the coffee and then puts the steam into the coffee, demonstrating that neither he nor anyone involved in the scene had the faintest idea how to use the machine.
In the opening scene, a British agent supposedly gets killed by a snake. The snake is a Boa Canin constrictor which has neither fangs nor venom, and never actually bites him. In fact, the man appears to be alive and still breathing as the opening credits roll out. Perhaps the agent was killed later on in a different way, unseen by us, or he died of fright.
When Quarrel Junior takes Rosie's revolver from her on the boat, he tells her, "You might have even killed me if you took off the safety catch". Revolvers have no safety catch, only a semi-automatic pistol like Bond's Walther PPK would have one.
Bond claims the magnetic watch will "deflect bullets," though bullets are generally copper over lead, and thus nonmagnetic. It's doubtful that any magnetic field would deflect a steel jacketed or steel cored armor piercing military bullet.

Continuity 

After Whisper shoots Bond's driver with the side-view mirror dart, Bond takes the wheel from the back seat. We see and hear the rear-view mirror on Bond's car get broken off. In the next shot of the car head-on, after Bond swerves by the Blue Cadillac, the rear-view mirror is intact.
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When Bond makes M a cup of coffee the coffee grinder is alternately empty/full between shots.
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While Bond is in the taxi cab, asking the driver to go uptown (into Harlem), we see a hill through the rear window. In the next shot, the land is flat.
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In the opening scene, the voodoo priest is carrying a green snake with the snake's mouth agape, and he is holding it about 15cm from the head when the scene is on the priest. However, on the close-ups of the man tied to the stake, the priest is holding the snake right behind the head, as one might do with a poisonous snake.
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When Tee Hee is feeding the alligators, his wrist moves on the prosthetic arm. Later, in the train fight, his whole arm is revealed when his sleeve rips, and the arm has no wrist joint.
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During the boat chase, a shot of James' second boat (gold, inboard motor) is mixed in with the first boat (orange, outboard motor).
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When Bond is en route to NY and his driver is killed the car swerves into the left lane. The next shot shows Bond telling the driver to "take it easy", but the scenery behind Bond (through back window of the car) still shows them as being in the center lane.
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The first time we see Kananga's limousine parked outside the Fillet of Soul restaurant in Harlem, the driver's side window is rolled down. In the second shot of it, the window is rolled up.
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When Bond gives Mrs. Bell her "flying" lesson, the wings are torn off the plane. Yet when he asks her "Same time tomorrow?", the reaction shot of Mrs. Bell shows an intact left wing. It's the same 'reaction' shot as when he climbed into the plane.
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When Bond fans out the tarot cards and tells Solitaire to pick one, the deck is perfectly fanned and there appear to be at least fifty cards in the deck, however as she takes a card, the deck in Bond's hand is now haphazardly arranged and there clearly aren't more than fifteen or twenty cards.
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Sheriff Pepper commandeers a Louisiana State Patrol Chevrolet Impala with old-style cylindrical roof lights, at the scene where his own car is destroyed by a boat. But when he arrives at the State Police road-block, he and the Troopers who drive him arrive in an Impala with more contemporary roof-lights. One of the other cars already at the road-block when they arrive appears to be the car they supposedly used to drive to the roadblock.
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When the real Baron Samedi rises up from underground, the snake handler is shown among the crowd of people witnessing the "vision". He had supposedly been killed by Bond before he shot at the robot Baron Samedi.
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After Charlie is killed, nobody is driving the car that Bond is traveling in. Then, Bond tries to commandeer the car with the steering wheel. Just about every car he passes is a Chevrolet Impala, with the exception of two Cadillac Eldorados, the same model Eldorado as the one the killer was driving.
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During the boat chase, the other boat is close behind Bond's, yet when Bond's boat is "hiding," the water is perfectly calm. In reality, there would have been no time for the wake from Bond's boat to dissipate.
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Billy-Bob's boat starts out with no scrape marks on the hull, but but the scrape marks disappear and reappear from shot to shot.
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Most of the Tarot cards used in the movie are from the deck "Tarot of the Witches," by Fergus Hall. (They also have "007" printed on the backs.) Yet the "Death" card held by Baron Samedi, and later found by Bond and Leiter, is from a different deck. Hall's "Death" card features a scythe-wielding, cape-clad skeleton standing against a red sky.
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Kananga hits Solitaire across the face with such force that she falls to the ground. In the next scene when Solitaire is looking up there is no mark on her face, not even a red mark, and no bruise is present later.
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When Bond and Solitaire are tied up on the winch, Kananga cuts Bond's arm with a knife. When Whisper starts the winch, a close-up of Bond's arm shows that the long angled cut starts much lower down than previously.
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When Bond and Solitaire escape the island and return to New Orleans, at the airport they are driven off in a taxi. The taxi driver's hands are white but when the scene cuts to an internal shot, the driver is black.
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During the car and plane chase around the airport one of the cars jumps and lands on the left wing of a DC3/C47 airplane. There is no damage to the wing but the next shot clearly shows that the plane has a lot of damage to roof of the cabin. In the 'jump' the car's undercarriage scraped/skidded across the top of the cabin, causing the damage. But it could very well be a prop which has been rescued from the Mojave Desert airplane graveyard (Davis-Monthan)
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When Kananga shoots the couch Whisper is sitting on with the gas pellets, the couch begins to inflate. Whisper literally disappears completely off screen when the couch explodes, and then instantly re-appears a second afterward as if he never left the couch.
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When the helicopter shoots at Bond and Solitaire about half way through the film, Bond grabs Solitaire and throws her onto the ground. The ground is covered in bark and leaves so that when the helicopter has passed and they stand up, you can see the front of Solitaire's blouse is covered in debris. In the immediate next shot, her blouse is completely clean.
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Crew or equipment visible 

The whole crew and spectators are reflected in the cab's window when Bond leaves the Voodoo shop.
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The wake from one of the camera boats is visible in one of the boat chase scenes.
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When being chased by road by the police etc, when the police cars crash, the stuntman wearing a helmet can clearly be seen behind the steering wheel.
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Errors in geography 

Adam is shown speeding across the Louisiana state line on solid land which appears to be adjacent to a levee. This would suggest that the alligator farm is in Mississippi east of Louisiana. So in order to cross the state line, Adam would have had to cross a bridge.
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In NY, James Bond travels from the airport to CIA address that Felix Leiter says is close to E 57th St. But he somehow travels on the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive southbound all the way to the Battery Park when in reality driver would have taken Midtown tunnel instead, or would have traveled northbound on FDR from Brooklyn-Battery tunnel.
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Factual errors 

In the U.N., the U.K. is shown seated next to Honduras, but countries are actually seated in alphabetical order.
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Despite being used as a weapon to kill him, the snake Bond kills in his hotel room is actually a non-poisonous species.
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Despite being handled as poisonous, there are actually no poisonous snakes in Baron Samedi's casket. The snakes are mostly pythons and tree boas, all non-venomous.
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In order for Tee Hee to be able to break the gun, he would need to have quite a bit of strength in both his claw and his real hand equally, otherwise the gun would just slip out of his hand when he tried to bend it.
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The "Death" card is interpreted literally in the film. The common interpretation of this card is the end of process and beginning of new one, not actual death.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Quarrel was killed in Dr. No, which is why Bond refers to the boat captain as "Quarrel Junior."
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The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles meet in the wild is in the Everglades of Florida, where salt and fresh water meet in estuaries. But Tee Hee's Louisiana crocodile farm is not in the wild, it is where captive crocodiles have been bred by humans.
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When Mr. Big/Kananga has trapped Bond in the chair and is interrogating him, he wants to see if Solitaire has lost her powers. So he asks Tee-Hee to pass him Bond's Rolex Submariner watch, and apparently reads the registration number on its back. In fact, there are no numbers on the back of Rolex watches, for the serial number and model numbers are hidden between the watches lugs and can only be seen by removing the bracelet. However, what Mr. Big actually says is, "On the back of Mr. Bond's watch, I see the registration number: 3-2-6-6", and immediately asks, "Do I speak the truth"? Therefore, it is acceptable that Kananga could simply be bluffing, and since he can't see any number, he expected the answer to his question to be no, whether that was the real number or not.
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Mr. Big shoots the couch with a shark gun pellet, causing it to inflate and explode. The couch is a big balloon, with no stuffing. Inflatable couches of that type were a fad available for purchase (for your 'mod' apartment) in the 1960s and 1970s.
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Plot holes 

Near the start of the film, Leiter's staff trace the white car to an address which is in a block containing the Oh Cult Voodoo Shop, yet they fail to recognize the fact that this is also the building that Kananga and his people have just entered.
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Revealing mistakes 

Visible ramp built onto steps of building in NYC when taxicab goes up steps and then onto trash cans.
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When Tee Hee bends the barrel of Bond's Walther PPK, a close-up reveals that the gun barrel has been pre-cut.
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When Bond is seated in his chair, two metal cuffs snap down on his wrists. However, the left cuff has failed to connect to the other side of the chair, as would be necessary to constrain Bond's left arm.
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After Bond's cab driver gets killed, you can see him still driving the vehicle quite well after he is supposedly "dead" because you can clearly see him controlling the steering wheel and the gas pedal.
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After Bond destroys the fake Baron Samedi and rescues Solitaire, a man rushes towards him with a machete. Bond shoots him twice. There are two errors. The man's shoulder is already covered in Blood before Bond shoots him, and also, the second shot Bond fires appears to not hit the man, yet the man goes flying backwards as if he is shot.
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When Kananga is slashing Bond's wrists, it appears the blood is actually on the knife and he is "painting" it onto Bond's arm.
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The final action scenes supposedly take place around midnight, yet in the background of the boat scenes, daylight is clearly noticeable, revealing the crew simply shot these scenes "day for night."
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In the bungalow, when James first meets "Mrs. Bond" (Rosie) as she pokes a gun through the door, he throws her on the bed. The person that gets thrown is obviously a MALE stunt double.
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The instant before Baron Samedi is thrown into the casket of snakes, it can be seen that the casket clearly consists only of immobile replicas and not live snakes (venomous or otherwise).
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Bond manages to steer the car from danger by driving it onto a set of steps that lead to a building. It then crashes into a van. If you look carefully, the "dead" driver is steering the car, and Bond does not appear to even be in the car at all.
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Just before Bond releases the rope from the hang glider, you can see the shadow of the hang glider on the ceiling.
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The runaway taxi in New York City is a Chevrolet. But when the driver becomes unconscious after being shot with a dart, a closeup of his foot shows the brake and accelerator pedals of a Ford.
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When Bond follows the limo out of the parking deck, he ends up on the street, all alone on the sidewalk. However, when he hails a cab in the following shot, all of a sudden spectators along the sidewalk are reflected in the side windows of the cab.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

As Solitaire is lying in bed on the train, a quick cut to a close-up shows Tee-Hee using his mechanical claw hand to short out an electrical box; a quick cut back to Solitaire shows the lights go off in the train berth that she and Bond occupy and the room is now quite dark. Seconds later, however, when Bond exits the bathroom and sees Tee-Hee (and during the ensuing fight), the room is now brightly lit again - the electric lights can even be seen burning brightly in the bathroom in several shots.
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Continuity 

In the train scene near the end of the film, Bond exits the bathroom to approach the berth where Solitaire is lying and is surprised by Tee-Hee standing behind him. Before Bond strikes the first blow to push Tee-Hee backwards into the wall, the hole he would create is already in the wall behind him.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Crew member reflection against window just before Bond throws Tee-Hee off the train.
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Factual errors 

Kananga swallows the gas pellet, which is made of metal, and has compressed gas inside. In order for the compressed gas from the pellet to escape into Kananga's body, he would either have to digest the metal casing, or trigger the round somehow. Digestion would take considerable time, so we can assume that his swallowing of the round set it off. Then again, his digestive tract wouldn't hold the gas in, he would just let out one horrific 'belch'.
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Factual errors 

Since Tee Hee's claw is made of metal, and therefore conducts electricity, it should give him a nasty electric shock when he cuts the electrical wires on the train.

Plot holes 

Although the set piece where Bond tails Kananga's car from the voodoo shop in a taxi is an iconic movie moment, it actually makes no sense on two levels. Firstly, the men tailing him establish at the outset that "he's tailing", so they know that Bond is going wherever Kananga does. Secondly, Bond's taxi driver is one of Mr. Big's men - so also knows the destination. What is the point in having all of the other cars involved if everyone already knows where Bond is going, outside of the plot twist of disguising the fact that one of the tails is actually Felix's man?

Revealing mistakes 

Obvious inflatable dummy during Kananga's death scene.

Revealing mistakes 

When Kananga/Big is killed by the gas pellet, we see the scraps of his clothing falling around the room, but none of the blood, bones or guts/organs that should be there as well.

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