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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When the engines of the cargo plane die, a coughing, sputtering sound is heard. The aircraft in question is a C-130 Hercules, equipped with turboprop (a jet engine whose power turbine drives a gearbox that drives the propeller)engines. When a jet engine dies, it just winds down (as the only moving parts are the compressor and turbine and the entire reaction stops when the fuel is cut off). Only engines with pistons make a sputtering sound as they run out of fuel (this comes from certain pistons not receiving fuel while others still are).
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A bullet hole in the cello's body would certainly affect its sound production. However Kara played it as if nothing happened in a concert.
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When James Bond cuts off his shoe during the final airplane fight the guy is screaming with his mouth closed.
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Saunders asks Bond, "You'll want the soft-nosed ones, I imagine." Bond replies, "No, the steel-tipped." Bond's mouth movement does not match the words he is saying.
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When Necros hits the British agent with the frying pan, it misses very badly, but sound is played as if it connected.
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When Bond is about to assassinate Pushkin, and his guard comes in, Bond pistol-whips him twice. The second hit misses very badly, but sound is played as if it connected.
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Boom mic visible 

After exiting the plane, Georgi Koskov tells Kara Milovy he will try to have her assigned to the Siberian Philharmonic Orchestra. There is a huge gray microphone visible in front of her. It's pulled back when he finishes talking and everybody starts walking towards the camera.
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Character error 

Whitaker claims that the first outing of the automatic machine gun was 1895 in Afghanistan, however the British Army had already used the maxim in the Matabele War, 1893-4 in Africa, and the weapon had been in the Army since 1888.
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Bond claimed to have called Kara "beautiful" in Afghan. There is no such language as Afghan. The main languages spoken in Afghanistan are Pashto and Dari.
Whitaker says that the Duke of Wellington needed German mercenaries to defeat Napoléon Bonaparte. In fact, the only German troops in Wellington's army, the King's German Legion, were part of the regular British Army. (King George III of Great Britain was Elector of Hanover in Germany; when the French invaded, many Hanoverians fled to Britain to form the KGL). The other Germans at Waterloo were the Prussian Army who were not under Wellington's command.
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There is no reason for Saunders to use the night vision goggles, the outdoor area is extremely well-lit, even for night time.
When the unconscious Bond is loaded into the plane, we see his identity card with a name "Jerzy Bondov," combining a Polish first name (Russian would be Georgiy) with a Russian last name (Polish would be Bondow).
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After the first movement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 40, the concert goes to the interval. While it has been known for a concert to include, for example, a single aria from a whole opera, it is never the case that a concert includes only, as in this case, the most famous movement, an extract, from a whole symphony. (Or, if there are any concerts like this, they would not be attended by the social elite, as depicted here.)
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As Bond pulls up to the side of the road near the hotel when he is following Pushkin's car in Tangiers, you can clearly see him knock over a pedestrian.
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At the start, when Bond lands on the boat and takes the phone away from the woman, he says to the person on the line "she'll call you back." Bond then says "007 here, I'll report in an hour," by doing that, he is carelessly revealing his identity as a secret service agent to the woman on the boat.
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Continuity 

A plane that is speeding down the runway, just after barely missing a collision with the plane Bond has commandeered, crashes into Koskov's jeep with such force that the jeep literally explodes into a huge ball of flame, inside and out. However, when the smoke clears, the jeep is still intact with no flames at all on the inside and Koskov is only singed.
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When Bond reaches into the car to set it to self-destruct, Kara can be seen holding the cello case in the background. Moments later, Kara isn't holding anything and Bond reaches into the car to retrieve the cello case.
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When James Bond says there's no place to land, the forward view of mountains confirms this. But after a brief intercut to the cockpit interior, the landscape is different. The cliff now ahead of the plane is topped by the level ground James and Kara are aiming for.
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When Bond bails out of the burning truck on Gibraltar, the truck continues falling and then explodes and nothing is visible in the water below. A moment later Bond looks down and there is now a yacht below him (but no truck debris). Then we cut to the lady on the yacht telling Margot how boring things are - apparently oblivious to the truck exploding just above her yacht and falling into the sea no further away than about 100 yards.
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At the end of the film 007 is unable to find a flat enough area of ground to land a plane so jumps into a jeep in the cargo hold and ejects it from the rear of the plane. he's then seen driving it along a straight road with desert on either side
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The left front tyre of Bond's car is shot out, but in the jump that follows the tyre is normal.
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When Kara has taken over the controls of the airplane, she pulls the aft freight door lever. Cut to interior of plane where Bond if fighting, and we see the freight door open. Cut to exterior view of plane, now the doors are closed. Cut to interior again, the ramp is now fully open.
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Bond drives in a circle causing the ice to crack. As he stops and looks across he can see the car wobbling on a much smaller circle of ice ten's of feet away.
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The interior layout of the cargo plane Bond steals in Afghanistan differs from the external view. It is clearly shown that it's a straight line from the rear hatch opening to where the jeep is parked to the cockpit (views visible through open doors). Yet exterior views clearly show the cockpit is on a second level from the rest of the plane.
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Near the end of the movie, when Bond is taxiing down the runway trying to take off, he's in an American C-130. Kara catches up to him in a Jeep and he signals her to drive inside the airplane. As she approaches the rear of the plane, the C-130, which has a cargo ramp (tailgate) about twelve inches in height, turns into a C-123. Its ramp tapers to a wedge so rolling vehicles can drive on without the ramp-toes that a C-130 requires.
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When Bond parachutes off the Rock of Gibraltar at the beginning we see him slowly descending towards a moving yacht in the sea below. However, the moment he lands, the yacht is clearly moored in the harbour next to other boats, and going nowhere.
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Bond is shot with a paint-ball gun, and get splattered with paint. In the following shots, there is no paint on him.
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When Bond and Kara are being chased in the cello case it is clearly obvious the bullet punctures a hole in the bottom right area of the cello. But at the end of the movie, the bullet hole is located in the top left part of the cello.
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As he leaps out of the flying car, James Bond deploys his spare parachute, but in a later shot is shown hanging from his main one.
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Bond loses one boot in the fight in the plane, but when he later walks around in the plane, you can hear the sound of boots against metal from both feet.
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Just after Bond crashes his Aston Martin in the snow, and he gets out, the wing mirror on the door is bent downwards. But a few seconds later, the same mirror is in the right position again.
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During the C-130 flight from the Russian airbase, most of the shots show the landing gear down, but a few show the landing gear retracted. This is especially visible as the plane passes and circles the bridge.
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During the fight scene between Bond and the assassin when they are hanging behind the airplane, the nets varies in position from hanging far out and hanging just a bit out.
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When Bond is parachuting down towards the ship, his parachute is burning and full of holes. It goes to a different camera angle, and Bond is using a different parachute, which is smoking, but does not have any holes in it.
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During the ice chase, Bond loses the rim on his vehicle, but in later shots it is restored.
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In the opening sequence, Bond uses his reserve chute to bail out of the falling jeep, but his chute opens at a much lower height than when he's seen in flight.
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When the Russian assassin kills the second British guard in order to steal the Land Rover, the guard is shoved aside and falls alongside the idling vehicle. But when Bond arrives on the pathway above and looks down to see killer driving off, the murdered British guard is now laying a few feet further in front of the Land Rover.
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When Bond drives into the shed and onto the lake, a militia car follows him. This car is Lada VAZ 2103. Later, when the car is shown from the back, it is Lada VAZ 2106, an updated version of the VAZ 2103. But when the car starts to sink, it's VAZ 2103 again.
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The length of Kara's bobbed hair changes continually by 2-3 inches, often in mid scene.
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When Kara hands Bond a poisoned vodka martini, when we can see both characters, they are both holding cocktail glasses. Kara holds hers close to her chin. In the intermittent shots focusing on Kara, no glass is visible.
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M's declaration that Necros' attack left two dead and two in hospital seems to be erroneous, as he critically injured or killed at least five people: Two strangled, two blown up by his milk bottle bombs and one badly burned and beaten in the kitchen.
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During the chase on the frozen lake, Kara shouts "James" to warn him. Bond never gave his name to Kara before that scene so she would not have known his name.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the Mujahidin are delivering the opium to the Russians and Bond asks Kamran Shah for a bomb. Kamran turns his horse around and in the background can be seen a crew member (probably the Assistant Director) signaling the Background extras with the camels where to go. He can be identified by the uncharacteristic outfit (for the scene) of blue jeans and ball cap.
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Errors in geography 

Upon leaving the plane they see a sign saying that it's 325 km to Islamabad and 200 km to Karachi. In fact Islamabad and Karachi are almost 2000 km apart.
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On the flight from Bratislava to Austria, not only is the landscape completely wrong, they come from deep Winter in Czechoslovakia (which borders on Austria) to late Spring or early Summer in Vienna.
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The producers made a special effort to make Vienna look like Bratislava. They did so by parking a lot of Trabants on the street and putting up Cyrillic-lettered street signs. However, Trabants were East German cars and, while there would have certainly been some in 1987 Bratislava, most of the cars would have been the Czechoslovak "Skoda" brand. Secondly, both Czech and Slovak use Latin letters, so street signs in Bratislava never would have had Cyrillic lettering. The tramways are clearly old Vienna streetcars, nothing similar ever served Bratislava's public transport.
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The landscape during the episode with the Afghan Mudjahidins is incorrect. Palm trees wouldn't have a chance of surviving the terrible Afghan winters.
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At the "Soviet" airbase in Afghanistan, there are several American aircraft instead of Russian made ones, including an OV-10 and of course the Hercules C-130 that serves double duty as the RAF C-130 at the beginning of the movie.
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Entering Pakistan, Bond looks at the sign posting showing the distances of Islamabad and Karachi. The foreign words on that board should be either in Urdu (Pakistan's national language) or Pushto (Afghan).
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Factual errors 

Many cars seen in Bratislava have the name-tag Lada. Although these cars were manufactured in the Soviet Union, the name Lada is only given to the western export cars. Originally they were called VAZ (BA3). Cars in eastern countries should have the original name.
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The CSSR border guards are all shown carrying AKM and AKMS assault rifles. Czechoslovakia purposefully never adopted Soviet firearms, but rather went with models out of their own foundries. The correct weapon would be the Sa vz. 58, which is extremely similar in design to the AK-47/AKM.
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During a battle in the Soviet base, machine gun bullets should easily pierce a shovel of a bulldozer, that was raised as a shield by its driver.
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After Pushkin's fake assassination, when Bond shoots out the follow spot, the lamp is shown as going out near the front of the unit. In fact the lamp is at the rear of the unit and the length is taken up with lenses, shutters and iris. There would not have been a fading lamp near the front, and it is in fact unlikely that the lamp would be impacted at all. Also, the fading damaged lamp is shown as frosted and a warm yellow despite the fact that the spot light was hard-edged, unfrosted cold blue.
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Miscellaneous 

When Koskov is wearing his Soviet military uniform, his cap has the wrong badge for a General (it's the badge worn by officers ranking no higher than Colonel), the cap's crown is the wrong shape for the 1980s and the gold braid over the visor is wrong.
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When Bond switches on the Aston Martin's targeting system, preparing to fire it's missiles at the articulated truck blocking the road, the head-up display says that the car's speed is 70mph, but the car is going nowhere near this fast, it is doing more like 25mph.
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Revealing mistakes 

Bond and Kara are forced to bail out of the cargo plane while in flight because it runs out of fuel and both its engines die. Yet when the plane crashes into the mountain, it erupts in a huge fireball. With the plane out of fuel, there wouldn't have been anything to ignite when it crashed.
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Bond drives in a circle causing the ice to crack. As he stops and looks across he can see the car wobbling on a much smaller circle of ice ten's of feet away.
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The ice is revealed to be about 5 or 6 inches thick, at least. The rim on the wheel of Bond's vehicle appears to be about one inch thick. There is no way it could have sliced all the way through the ice in one lap.
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James Bond's laser slices under the body of a Czech police car so that the wheels and underframe come off when the brakes are applied. He only cuts in the area between the wheels, but the body would not be attached only in that area. If the wheels go one way and the brake pedal (with the body) another, then the brakes could not be applied because the brake lines must have been severed.
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During the sniper scene in the beginning, it is clear visible that it is not actually filmed through a night vision scope, as we can still see red lights in the picture. For a night vision scope it is technically impossible to display any other color but shades of green.
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On the frozen lake, the cut in the ice is already there before Bond drives in a circle to make it.
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There is no way Bond's car could have gotten "stuck" in the shed. It would have driven straight through. Even when it is traveling, you can see that the walls have been lifted a good half a foot off the ground, and Bond's car would not have done that.
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Compressed gas can be seen launching the jeep over the cliff at Gibraltar.
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When Bond hits the sentry in the final attack, the guard turns his head to imitate being hit before he actually is.
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As James and Kara slide down the snow on the cello case, there's a shot of them from behind and you could tell a dummy is in place of Kara while a man in a black jacket maneuvers their cello case downhill.
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When Bond is in the cockpit of the Hercules, the throttles are shown as about 1/4 open. This would mean the plane wouldn't be traveling particularly fast. When he sees the other aircraft heading toward him, Bond puts full power on, and manages to lift off about 15 seconds later. A Hercules needs to be traveling at over 100mph to take off.
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When trying to evade a KGB Kara enters a phone booth with a cello case and a tram passes. After the tram has passed you can still see the cello case and actress moving very slightly.

However, when the KGB agent goes to the phone booth to check, the cello case has been covered by a coat and hat.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Bond is shooting at Whitaker the bullets appear to bounce off the armour without marking it, yet in the next shot the armour is damaged.
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The aerial fight shots show Bond and Necros fighting from a tail of a C-123 and not a C-130 as the latter is the aircraft in the story line. This can be seen most clearly when Necros falls and the aircraft is shown to have two props and two jets which is not the arrangement of the C-130.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Necros falls out of the airplane, a large, squarish shape can be seen underneath his shirt - most likely the stuntman's parachute.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Bond shoots Kara's gun, and not her. Later on, Kara's arm is injured, supposedly from this incident. However, when the rifle was shot out of her hands, the butt of the gun slammed into her forearm and badly bruised it (this is the injury Bond sees later).
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Revealing mistakes 

At the end of the film when James Bond is confronting Whitaker at his mansion in Tangiers we are led to believe that it is night time. However, when we see James Bond standing behind a bush outside the mansion it is daytime and the sky's blueness can be seen.
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