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(1995)

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Errors in geography 

Boris reports that the second GoldenEye satellite (also orbiting the Earth in the wrong direction) will be ready to fire in 6 minutes, but at the time, the satellite is shown to be over South Africa. It could not be in a position to fire on London 6 minutes later.
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Anachronisms 

When Bond enters the chemical plant at the beginning of the movie he knocks out a Soviet officer reading a newspaper. The Russian newspaper is dated 25th of February 1995 (same year the movie was produced) even though the scene itself takes place in 1986.
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Uniform/costume errors: The uniforms worn by the Russian soldiers in the "present-day" (1995) part of the film (after the pre-credits sequence) resemble Soviet uniforms rather than the redesigned uniforms of the modern Russian Federation Army (the Soviet Union ended in 1991 and the film is clearly set in the post-Cold War climate). They are Soviet-style olive green rather than the darker shade of green used today. Ourumov's uniform as a General still follows the Soviet design, Soviet shoulder boards, inward-facing gold leaves on the lapels (as opposed to outwards like nowadays), Soviet belt buckle and he has a Soviet cap badge (red star with hammer and sickle). His cap also lacks the Russian Federation Coat of Arms that is now worn on the crown of Russian military peaked caps. The only Russian Federation part of his uniform is the patch on his left sleeve. The other Russian soldiers also still wear Soviet cap badges, including Xenia in her leather outfit during the Severnaya scenes. The ordinary soldiers (in the scenes following Bond and Natalya's capture after escaping from the helicopter) all wear red shoulder boards with "CA" in yellow letters, these mean Sovietskaya Armiya (Soviet Army).
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Jack Wade shows up at the end of the movie, his helicopters don't make any noise until they are actually on screen. A helicopter anywhere in their general vicinity would have been making a constant, loud noise all the while.
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The little helicopter the villains use to escape from the armored train is a Robinson, which has a piston engine. The sound heard is a turbine.
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In the marching band sequence in the square in St Petersburg, the bell lyre players in the band are not playing, but their sound is clearly audible on the soundtrack.
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When Bond is in M's office, she gets him a drink and asks if he wants ice. He answers yes. You hear ice in the glass. During a closeup of his face drinking from the glass, you see there is no ice in the glass. When he sets the glass down, there is still no ice in it, but the Foley ice sound is present.
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Boom mic visible 

In Q's room.
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Character error 

The satellites are said to be orbiting 100 km above the earth, but that is far too low. The minimum altitude necessary to place something in a stable orbit is 640 km. Any object lower than that soon falls back to earth due to atmospheric drag.
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When Jack Wade gets out of his plane to rendezvous with Bond, he looks to his left and says, "Banyan trees." There are no banyan trees in the scene.
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Continuity 

Bond acquires gloves after falling out of the plane.
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Previously submerged areas dry quickly.
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The two parachutes on the helicopter escape pod are white in long distance shots but red, white and blue in close-up on the ground.
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After Bond shoots the cannon in the tank at the train we see him hop out of the tank. A second later you see him hop off the tracks and we see the train go by. As the train passes the camera follows it and you can see Bond is a long way away from the tank - probably 1,000 meters. He would have had no time to make it that far in three seconds.
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Just before Goldeneye blows up Severnaya, a different alarm than the one already sounding goes off. The screen shows Goldeneye nowhere near Severnaya, but in the next shot of the screen, Goldeneye is shown right on top of Severnaya, about to detonate.
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Bond's hair length changes as he goes through the cabin door on the boat.
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While escaping in the plane at the pre-titles sequence, we see takes of Russian base exploding without any of the soldiers or vehicles that were chasing Bond before his jump.
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Onatopp's bath robe at the pool.
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Onatopp's lipstick on Bond's upper left cheek when she is attacking him in Cuba.
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When the man on the ship is introducing the waiting public and media to the Tiger helicopter, a large rowing boat goes behind him twice.
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When Bond is looking through his camera at the boat, he is looking with his left eye, but when we see him again, the camera is on his right eye.
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When the train is rushing toward the tank, the number of cars attached changes between shots.
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Position of Trevelyan's legs when Bond knocks him off the antenna cradle go from mid-air above the ledge to just above the ledge when the camera flips in for the close-up shot. Bonds hands seem to move too from mid-air to less than an inch above the ledge.
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When Bond is fighting the man in the striped shirt on the yacht, Bond wraps a towel around the man's neck and uses it to beetle toss him down a flight of stairs. The towel is wrapped around the man's neck, and it leaves Bond's hands as he tosses him. In the next camera shot, the man goes tumbling down the stairs and the towel has disappeared. It goes to a final camera shot, and the towel is still in Bond's hands and never left in the first place.
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During the tank chase, when the statue falls down and smashes the two cars, the wings break the windshield of the car on the right. In the next shot, the glass is restored.
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During the tank chase, Bond is being pursued by two jeeps. Just before the two jeeps enter the demolished alley there's an one second shot which shows both the jeeps closed-top. In the next shot it shows one closed-top jeep and one open-top jeep enter the alley.
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Near the start of the film, Bond is watching Onatopp and the Admiral returning to their yacht in the harbor at Monaco. Their speed boat is approaching the yacht. James then turns to his car and the boat and it's wake have disappeared.
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When Bond is running down the ramp to the room in the satellite and Alec is shooting at him, the stunt double flips and in the first shot his leg clips the edge of the railing, but in the second shot he rolls cleanly through the catwalk with both legs between the rail.
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The license plate on Onatop's Ferrari changes from when it is on the highway and when it is parked at the Casino.
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The Walther PPK gun Bond always uses has a capacity of 7+1 rounds (8+1 if very light/small .22 ammo is used). In the Cuban dish bunker Bond fires the PPK 9 or 10 times.
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When Trevelyan is shooting at Bond on his way up to the satellite dish Trevelyan is holding his gun against his face from the front view and in front of his chest from the back view.
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The front right light of Ourumov's car gets broken at the beginning of the tank chase, but is fixed later in the chase.
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When Bond and Simonova slide down the inside of the dish, the gradient is a lot less than in all other shots.
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Bond stops sliding by putting his feet on a lip on the hole in the middle that was not there previously.
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Q tells Bond that the pen has a 4 second fuse. When Bond activates it, Q appears to take longer than 4 seconds to deactivate it. Same thing happens when Boris plays with the pen (Count the number of times he clicks it. Remember, three clicks to arm, another three to disarm), and he even drops it and spends precious seconds fumbling for it, and ends up taking far longer than 4 seconds to click the necessary 3 times to disarm it.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the opening bungee jump scene, the camera cuts away to a wide shot as James Bond is free falling. For about half a second you can clearly see the top of the Dam where a large white truck is parked plus another large truck housing some form of bungee jump rig.
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You can clearly see a roller under Bond as he slides down the satellite dish with Natalya.
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Wires pulling the cockpit upwards are visible, when Bond ejects it from the helicopter just moments before it explodes.
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Errors in geography 

The terrain around Arkangelsk where the pre-title sequence took place is flat. Certainly not enough altitude to allow a small plane at the foot of a dam to fly vertically down for almost a minute.
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The dam seen in the start of the film is in a summery snow-free area. When Bond enters the station, he is at the bottom of a valley. When he emerges from the station, he is at the top of a snowy cold mountain, with no such valley in sight.
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The Goldeneye satellite that is targeted to destroy the Severnaya complex is shown on the world map to be orbiting the Earth from east to west. Apart from those in polar orbit, satellites are launched from west to east in order to take advantage of the rotation of the Earth.
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The point shown on the map used by Ourumov to task the Goldeneye to target Severnaya is approximately the correct longitude but significantly South of Severnaya's correct location by more than 100 miles.
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When Natalya is seen at St Petersburg train station, the train she gets off is clearly made up of old British Rail mark 1 rolling stock painted dark green to look Russian. Thus hinting that the scene was shot at a large British terminus.
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When Bond lands in the tank parking lot, two of the tanks in the lot are really T-54s; the other three are dressed-up British Chieftain tanks. The fakes are the three at the bottom of the shot; they can be differentiated by their fume extractor (a cylindrical device on the gun barrel) being halfway along the gun rather than at the tip as on the two Russian vehicles.
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Factual errors 

Onatopp and Ourumov activate the GoldenEye satellite by turning two keys simultaneously. As with nuclear missiles, two keys are used so that no single person can launch. However, the keys Onatopp and Ourumov use are within arm's reach of each other, defeating their intended purpose as one person could easily turn both keys.
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The EMP blast would not have caused electrical malfunction in the three jets as the Russians intentionally used 'EMP-proof' valves instead of electronics, and either way an EMP would not cause them to explode in mid-air.
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At the demonstration of the Tiger helicopter, the French Navy Captain introduces one of the helicopter pilots as "Lieutenant Commander Bernard Jaubert". This rank does not exist in the French Navy, the equivalent rank is Captaine de corvette. Also the name patch on his flight suit says CAPT. JAUBERT but the 3 stripes above it and on his shoulders denote the lower rank of Lieutenant de vaisseau. Also the other pilot is introduced as a Lieutenant and his name patch says LT. BROUSE but his 2 stripes indicate that he's an Ensign 1st Class, or Enseigne de vaisseau de première classe.
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An electromagnetic pulse would not cause explosions or fires at the Severnaya facility. EMPs simply cause non-hardened electronic circuits to shut down.
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When Natalya is "spiking" Boris in the armored train, the computer-generated map shows the USSR, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia although they had all already split by 1995, but it does depict the reunified Germany.
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Trevelyan, whose name is Armenian, is supposed to be the son of a Cossack. There was never any such thing as an Armenian Cossack.
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Jack Wade hits his car's engine (which has stalled) with a sledgehammer and it starts moving again. It wouldn't start moving like that if it stopped for any reason. Someone would need to be in the car holding the key to "start" for it to restart. James and Jack are both working on the car (outside) so it wouldn't start at all.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Xenia and Ourumov land the helicopter in Severnaya, they are wearing different uniforms than when they took off. However, they had to make another stop along the way, for refueling.
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At least one of the soldiers that Bond kills on the runway reappear when Bond and Natalya try to escape the archive. In this particular case it is allowable as twin henchmen are a running gag in Bond lore.
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Plot holes 

It's amazing that on an entire vessel filled with military personnel, and with such tight security, that nobody managed to hear two loud, unsilenced gunshots going off.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the beginning dam scene when Bond is supposedly cutting through a hatch with a "laser", the green laser light that depicts the placement of the laser is not in the same position where the cut is being created.
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The trajectory of Bond's watch laser doesn't match up with his wrist movement.
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Near the end of the satellite dish antenna's draining cycle, some of the water leaps from the outer edge toward the drain, a reversal of the laws of physics. This is because the footage is played backwards.
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When Bond stops his Aston Martin during the race with the Ferrari, he uses his right hand to pull on the e-brake. But Bond's DB5 is a right seat drive so the e-brake would be engaged with the left hand.
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When Bond is rescued from the antenna at the end of the film, a helicopter would not have been able to get that close to him without its blades coming into contact with the metal scaffolding that he's hanging from.
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Bond leans against a stone wall in the weapons factory, and it flexes.
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When Bond is chasing Ourumov in the tank, he crashes into and partly runs over one of the pursuing police cars. In the shot following the effects of the crash, the 'driver' of the police car is sitting perfectly still and is clearly a dummy.
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When Natalya types out the password KNOCKERS her typing is not synchronized with the word being spelled out on screen, as she only pressed 3 keys and then hits enter, and then the entire word is spelled out on screen.
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One of the actors playing a French marine who tackles Bond at the helicopter demonstration is later seen as a guard at Janus' base in Cuba. (When Janus orders his guards to find the girl.)
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During the opening title scene, when one of the soldiers is hit by a motorbike, he is thrown before the impact actually occurs.
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The cockpit display of one of the MIGs heading towards Severnaya shows ORDINANCE STATUS HOMERS............NORMAL AIR TO AIR........NORMAL AIR TO GROUND.....NORMAL WATER BALLOONS.....READY with some of the letters flipped to make it look Russian.
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The 00:03:00 countdown at Arkangel actually lasts 00:03:25.
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When Bond and Trevelyan enter the Russian compound, two Russian soldiers follow them down the stairs. The first soldier falls off the balcony, and lands on the floor below. However, no sound is made when the soldier hits the ground. Obviously some type of crash pad was used.
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Bond and Natalya are flying a plane over the dish, and they get shot with a missile from under the water. The plane that the missile hits is an empty plane with no passengers inside. Also, it appears to not even be in motion.
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Just before Bond steals the tank to chase the General, he falls against another tank in order to hide behind it. You can see the "armor plating" of the tank shaking/billowing from the force of him hitting the tank.
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The shot of the tank blasting through alley with balcony landing on it appears to be shown twice during chase.
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When the antennae of the dish is raised out of the water, it is dripping wet in one shot, and bone dry in the next. (The second shot is apparently reversed footage, where they sank the antennae into the water and reversed it to make it appear to be rising out of the water.)
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The communications dish raised from the water (actually the Aricebo radio-telescope) is supposed to be a Russian construction, or at least Cuban, yet the "Danger" warning signs painted on the walls are in English.
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During the tank chase, Bond drives through a truck/trailer carrying beer cans, they are obviously all empty, you can both hear and see it
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Izabella Scorupco's accent briefly slips into Swedish when she tells Bond on the train: "But don't stand there, get us out of here!"
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When Q is explaining the belt to 007, his eyes can be seen looking back and forth between Bond's face and something over Bond's shoulder to Bond's right (Q's left), possibly reading his lines from a cue card.
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Grass on a path that is supposedly usually submerged.
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When the three jets make their first pass over the radar installation, one flies right through the radar dish. An obvious computer generated mistake.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

When Wade is about to leave in Bond's car he says "...be careful, he knows you're coming." Assuming he is talking about Trevelyan, how could he know? For all he knows Bond blew up with the train.
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Continuity 

Position of Xenia's head after dying in tree in Cuba.
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Continuity 

When Bond is on the yacht and discovers the body of Admiral Farrell in the closet, Farrell's mouth is closed when we first see him slipping out of the closet door. In the next shot, his body is landing on the floor, and this time, his lips are drawn back and his teeth are bared in a death grimace.
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Continuity 

During the train scene after Bond shoots Ourumov, Bond checks the armor plating then hangs on the ceiling facing away from Natalya. In the next shot of Bond he is facing toward Natalya.
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Factual errors 

When Xenia is killing the Canadian Admiral on the yacht, and the ID card is stolen, the uniform shown has British-Style looped multiple bar braiding for sleeve rank and pilots wings above the sleeve braid (also in the British fashion). Canadian Admirals have only a single wide gold bar on the sleeve. The different levels of Flag rank (Commodore, Rear Admiral, Vice Admiral and Admiral) are identified by insignia worn on shoulder epaulets with one to four maple leafs distinguishing the various levels. Canadian military pilots would wear their "wings" on the left breast above any medal ribbons.
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Factual errors 

After Ourumov shoots the guard and Mishkin, he takes all the remaining rounds out of the magazine, but does not clear the chamber. When he tosses it back to Bond, it would have a live round in it.
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