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Goofs

Character error 

When Miss Kensington is introduced, Basil calls her one of their "top agents". At the end of the film when Miss Kensington and Austin are in their suite talking to Basil on the phone, Basil congratulates her on being made a "full agent" after her success in the Dr. Evil case.
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Anachronisms 

Austin Powers' personal aircraft is said to have been stored for him when he was frozen in 1967. The aircraft in question is a Boeing 747, which first flew on 9 February 1969 for testing, and wasn't certified for commercial use until 30 December 1969. The first 747 didn't enter commercial service until January 1970.
In the opening sequence, a British policeman is shown with a nightstick and wearing a helmet with riot straps. In 1967, a police officer would have only been issued with a truncheon (a 12 inch long piece of wood). The helmet riot straps were not introduced until the 1980s. In both cases, the normal uniform would not have either of these items showing.
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When Vanessa briefs the British soldiers they are both holding SLR rifles. By 1997 the SA-80 (or L-85A1) rifle had replaced the SLR.
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The plane in the movie was leased from Qantas Australia, registration VH-EBV, a 747-238B. First flying in 1971, it cannot possibly be Austin Powers' personal aircraft.
When Austin is dancing down a 1967 London street, some of the street corners have modern curb cuts.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After Austin has been unfrozen and is about to meet Vanessa Kensington, he looks at two nurses who help him up. The audio of him saying "Hello, Hellooo." can be heard, but Austin's mouth remains closed.
When Austin Powers and Mrs. Kensington are shooting at the cryogenic freezing chamber which Dr. Evil has entered, the last two shots are heard, but the guns are not shooting anymore.
When Austin is urinating following his being unfrozen, you can hear the sound effect of him doing so, but there is no stream of urine visible.
When Austin breaks into Alotta Fagina's penthouse apartment, he is taking pictures of Virtucon's plans with a miniature Hit camera. It sounds like there is a motor drive advancing the film, but Hit cameras were not so equipped.

Character error 

While playing BlackJack with Number 2, cards are dealt to Number 2, Austin Powers and the Dealer. Number 2 takes a hit on his 17 after using his eye-patch x-ray to determine that the next card is a 4. Then the dealer deals Austin his second card to show his 5, which he stands on. In BlackJack all players receive their 2 cards and then are allowed to hit or stand, in this instance Number 2 took his hit card before Austin had been dealt his second card.
In the Cryofreeze chamber, they pass by long forgotten celebrities, one of which is labeled "Gary Coleman", even though the frozen celebrity depicted inside the tube is obviously a statue of Jaleel White dressed in his Steve Urkel costume from Family Matters.
Bolton (the tour guide at Virtucon) states that the company makes volatile chemicals, although Number 2 had stated earlier that Virtucon abandoned this industry in favor of communications.
Austin's list of friends who have died since 1967, repeats the urban legend that Cass Elliot died chocking on a ham sandwich. She died of a heart attack.
While the purpose of the joke/reference is obvious, the pronunciation of "Alotta Fagina" is technically wrong. If she is actually Italian, as Number Two claims, her last name would be pronounced "fah-jee-nah", as the Italian "i" is always spoken "ee".
In the last scene in the hotel room while they are on the video conference with Basil, Austin clearly misses the coffee cup when he is pouring the milk, spilling it into the saucer instead.
In Vegas, Vanessa says they have to keep up the "context" that they are a married couple. She should have said "pretext." Though such a "malaprop" would suit Austin's character, the obsessively grammatical Vanessa should know better.
In the movie commentary Mike Myers admitted they didn't realize that the band that Austin leads during the musical sequence is an American marching band. These are uncommon in England.

Continuity 

Position of the retractable ramp in the "radioactive sea bass" scene. It couldn't possibly have extended/retracted in the time it apparently takes between scene cuts.
For most of the movie, Dr. Evil's eyes are blue, but in some shots, they are brown.
During his seduction dance scene of the Fembots, Austin throws cigarettes in each of the Fembots' mouths and keeps one for himself. After several moves, all the cigarettes disappear.
When Austin and Vanessa have a glass of champagne in Vanessa's hotel suite, Vanessa is flirting with Austin while holding a champagne glass and drinking from it. One second later, when they drop on the bed, Vanessa's glass is gone without a trace.
At the club, Austin is sitting next to Andy Warhol while he is painting a model's knee. In the next shot, the wide shot of the model and Andy, Austin is nowhere to be seen.
When Austin trips the guard in the sea bass chamber. The water is strangely still. In the very next frame showing the water, it is bubbling heavily.
When Vanessa gets off Austin's revolving bed in disgust, her hair changes between shots.
In the edited television version, Alotta Fagina's name is changed to Alotta Cleavagé. Yet in Dr. Evil's lair, after Austin and Vanessa are captured, you can clearly see a switch labeled Alotta Fagina. (Although this error was on the part of the network censors rather than the filmmakers.)
When Austin is brought back to the present, two women take a clip off each ear, but they reappear.
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When Austin Powers knocks out the woman in the party at the beginning, her hat gets knocked off, but when Austin grabs her/him, the hat is back on.
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Vanessa's golden cup disappears after Austin's laptop beeps.
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When the computer rings in the bedroom, the digital clock is lit. When the clock is shown again the clock is blank as though it were unplugged.
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When the Fembots are first introduced, they are wearing see-through jackets. There's then a close-up on one of the fembots, without a jacket, and in the next shot all three are wearing those jackets again.
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Commander Gilmour's face changes expression between words when he's barking orders right after the discovery of the Big Boy.
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When Austin and Vanessa are playing the game "Twister", Austin spins the spinner clockwise, but a close-up shows that the spinner is moving counter-clockwise.
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As Austin enters the restroom in the Vegas Casino, the door closes twice.
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The briefcase Number 2 sets on the table when he offers Austin the business proposition is closed in one shot, and appears open and full of money in the next. This is due to a cut scene which is shown after the movie on the video release, but appears as a continuity error in the actual movie.
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When the fembots are first introduced, one of them has three black dots on her left glove. When she shoots the guards, there are only two.
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When Austin jumps on his bed on his plane, he throws off all the pillows but one white one, which disappears in the next shot.
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When Dr. Evil is threatening the UN, the flag next to the UN secretary changes to an Israeli flag. It changes back in the next shot.
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When everyone is gathered around the table in Dr. Evil's secret hideout, Dr. Evil has a purple brain on his plate. When the angle of the shot changes while he is talking to Scott, the purple brain appears and disappears.
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After Vanessa jumps on the bed, she places the bottle of champagne on the nightstand on her left. After Austin jumps on the bed, the bottle is seen on the nightstand on the right side of the bed.
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When Austin first arrives in Las Vegas, he is driving a LHD E-Type Jaguar, painted as a Union Flag. When he and Vanessa later escape from Dr Evil's lair, the car has changed to LHD, with Vanessa driving.
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When Alotta Fajina first sees Austin in her penthouse, he is sitting with his arm resting on the arm of the chair. It cuts to a close-up while he is talking to her, and his arm is resting at his side.
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As Dr. Evil is running to his escape pod for the second time Austin Powers shoots after him using Number 2's Luger P08 despite having the henchman's Beretta M12 in the preceding and following shot.
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As Austin enters the casino bathroom stall, he goes through the motions of pulling down his pants, but when he sits, his pants are still on. In the next stall, as the Texan looks down into Austin's stall, his pants are down around his ankles.

Errors in geography 

After Cmdr Gilmour arrives in London, a caption is displayed on screen, 'Ministry of Defense', the American spelling. In the UK, the MOD is spelled 'Ministry of Defence'.
In the opening musical sequence, supposedly set in London, several of the parked cars seen in the background are clearly US-specification models, revealing the fact that it was shot in America. A Rover 2000 sedan is seen with three scoops on the bonnet/hood (only US-market cars have these) and an MGB GT is seen with extra-large US-spec side marker lights.
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Factual errors 

Commander Gilmour, a British Navy man, wears a U.S. Air Force uniform.
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Numerous military individuals' uniforms nametags give their rank and then their last name. Military nametags like this ONLY contain the last name, not the rank - as there are other symbols on their uniform representing rank.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Random Task throws the shoe at the small bust, its quite obvious that its a rather thin/hollow bust, making it quite easy to break. This is an homage to the same goof in Goldfinger.
Dr. Evil speaks of Prince Charles' marriage to Princess Diana (not knowing of the divorce) and Austin uses a mental image of Margaret Thatcher, who became notorious as "Thatcher The Milk Snatcher" a few years after he was frozen. But both of them took crash courses on the intervening years; while clearly incomplete, they may have included this information.
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When doing an impression of going down the stairs and escalator behind the sofa, he says "I know I will use the elevator". Both 'lift' and 'elevator' are commonly used by British people.

Revealing mistakes 

While Dr. Evil is preparing Project Vulcan for launch, just before the warhead is armed there is a shot of the drill being lowered into place. Judging by the extras accelerated movements, it is clearly discernible that the shot was sped up.
Mrs. Exposition flinches before Austin punches her.
When the British soldiers burst in on Project Vulcan at the end of the film, the exploding "metal" door is obviously made of wood.
While Johnson Ritter is filling Cmdr. Gilmour in on the reappearance of Doctor Evil, shortly after Gilmour says "He's back," his side of the screen flickers and he "jumps" slightly, the result of what seems to be a bad cut or edit.
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In some places Austin isn't wearing his teeth, most noticeably during the scene with Alotta and her hot tub.
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When Alotta Fagina steps in her bathtub, she takes off her robe, after which we have to believe she is naked, but you see a kind of underpants around her waist.
During the final "nude" scene with Austin and Vanessa, Austin rises slightly off of the sofa, and some kind of underwear is revealed.
Shortly after Dr Evil launches Project Vulcan, the doors to the launch bay are blown open. You can see that they are made of plywood.

Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

During the bathroom drowning scene. Austin is holding Paddy between his legs, in such a way that Austin would be stuck with his pants wrapped around the toilet base. Immediately after the toilet flushes, Austin walks out without having freed himself.

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