When Bond first appears on the platform of the abandoned underground station, the door of the stairwell leading down can be heard to slam shut behind him. Wider shots of the platform show that there was, in fact, no door, and that Bond simply appeared on the platform without entering via any door whatsoever.
While inspecting a borrowed Smith & Wesson revolver in Cuba, Bond opens the cylinder and spins it, resulting in a "ZZZZZZ" of rapid clicks. S&W revolvers make no noise when the cylinder is open and spun in this manner.
When Bond is caught by a German guard outside Graves' quarters at the Icelandic compound after the Icarus presentation, the guard asks him what he'd be doing there and tells him to put his hands up and turn around. The guard's mouth isn't moving for most of his speech.
When Jinx shoots the doctor in the clinic in Cuba, she fires two shots. She fires one shot, and then she stands up and fires a second shot. For the second shot, it plays the sound effect of a bullet being shot through a silencer, but if you look closely, not only does nothing come out of the gun, but it also appears that she doesn't even pull the trigger.
At the end of the movie, when Bond and Jinx are in the helicopter he tries to start it, you hear a piston engine trying to start. That helicopter is a NOTAR, equipped with a Rolls-Royce turbine engine.
At the very end, the night shot of Vauxhall Bridge and MI6 Headquarters has a 2002 built Wright Gemini double deck bus passing in the foreground, the dubbed bus sound however is clearly that of a early 1960s-built Routemaster bus.
Bond puts his car into invisible mode, and goes reverse up the wall in order to avoid Zao's car, and fastens the car in a vertical position using the car's spikes. However, we never hear Bond rev his engine up to go in reverse so quickly.
After the fencing dual with Graves, Bond gets a package. The hotel employee calls him Commander Bond instead of Mr. Bond indicating that the employee is either in the British Secret Service as well or knows that Bond is an agent.
When Bond returns to the Ice Palace (after stealing the land speed vehicle) he gets back into to his car. When he approaches the car, just before entering, he hides behind it. However, this would be pointless, as the cameras on his side of the car would project the image of him onto the opposite side, as the car is in 'stealth mode'. Which means any guards who looked would clearly see 007 squatting in the snow.
007 is not wearing the correct fencing uniform during his match. He is right-handed, and therefore the zipper should be on his left side. Also, the jacket he is wearing stops at the waist. These jackets are meant for Sabre fencing only, not Epee.
The American official states that if the beam "crosses the 38th Parallel, we'll hit them with everything we got!" The 38th Parallel has not been the dividing line between the two Koreas since 1950. The DMZ splits the two countries and most of the 38th Parallel lies south of the DMZ.
When Bond and his buddies surf out of the sea onto land and pushes the head covering back, you notice his hair is soaking wet, which would be correct if he's wearing a wet suit, a few seconds later when they go to "meet" the landing helicopter and unzip their suits, they're fully dressed and dry underneath- this would be correct if they were wearing dry suits, but his hair wouldn't be wet if he was wearing this kind of suit.
(at around 34 mins) Bond is in a Cuban bar about to look through a pair of binoculars. There are striking diagonal shadows on him from the roof of the bar. When the cut goes to him holding up the binoculars, all these shadows are not there - the shot is clean.
The large plane that Graves uses to escape is an Antonov 124, this plane has a solid nose that lifts up to allow loading front and back, when they go inside to the front of the plane it has changed into a IL-76.
When Bond leaps through the window at the clinic he takes a grape from the fruit bowl. When he goes through the door of the room he can be seen chewing and then putting another grape in his mouth and eating that one. However he only picked up one grape and therefore can't have been eating anything originally, despite his mouth moving.
When James Bond inserts the remote detonation device into the C4, whilst in the helicopter at the beginning of the film, the first shot shows that it's not fully inserted, the close up reveals that it is.
When Jinx is in the cockpit of the plane, the cockpit is actually that of the An-225 Myria, not the An-124 fuselage/Il-76 nose plane used in the film. This is evident because of the six power levers. The plane in the movie only has four engines.
When bond is "surfing" using the parachute and trunk covering (from the jet powered car), as he reaches the big ice berg which he airs off, he pulls the parachute towards him and his hands are below his waist. In the next shot his hands are above his head
Following the Icarus demonstration, there is a woman wearing a fur coat standing behind Bond who is not wearing sunglasses. In a subsequent wide shot, she removes her glasses along with other members of the audience.
After the Icarus demonstration, a blond henchman walks up to the laptop to close it with a black haired henchman to his left. After the close up of Bond, we see that the two henchmen have switched places.
Crew members, almost lined up, are reflected in Bond's binoculars at the beach bar as he looks out to sea. (These are not extras at the beach bar, as subsequent shots reveal only a couple of sparsely populated tables within the vicinity.)
Lighting equipment is reflected in the land-speed-record car before Bond pitches it over the ice cliff. Suspended vertically on the ice cliff, the camera and the back soundstage wall are visible, likewise reflected in its screen.
A water-buffalo witnesses the cars crashing into the rice paddy, supposedly in Korea, where no water-buffaloes live (water-buffaloes are creatures of the tropics; Korea has roughly the latitude and climate of New England.)
The ice-fields and glaciers of Iceland are mostly in the center of the country, not near the coast, where it is barren and rocky. An exception to this is the lake of Jökulsárlón, which is famous even though much smaller than the lake shown.
After escaping from the Royal Navy cruiser and swimming to the shores of Hong Kong, Bond arrives on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong (the background shows Hong Kong Island). However, there is no Yacht Club on Kowloon, only on Hong Kong Island.
The license plates in the Cuba scenes are wrong. This is especially notable with the car that Bond gets from Raoul, which has black plates with yellow-ish lettering, a combination that did not exist in the time period the movie is set in. Black plates designated foreign diplomats and had white lettering. The car should have had a yellow plate with black letters, designating a privately owned vehicle.
There is a scene that states "U.S. Command Bunker De-Militarized Zone." There are no high-level command posts in the DMZ-it is too close to the fighting. The closest high-level command post is in Seoul and the others are further south. Additionally, the scene shows clips from an Army helicopter hanger-that is not where the U.S. military puts high-level command posts. They are usually below ground.
The Bridge of No Return is 2 kilometers inside the DMZ straddling the Military Demarcation Line. The fence line in that area is more than 2 kilometers away. There are no "Do Not Enter DMZ" signs in that area as civilians would be prevented from going there by the civilian control line.
In the scene where med-techs run in to resuscitate Bond, he touches one defibrillator paddle to each of the two male technicians and shocks them. In reality this would not work, as the current flows from one paddle to the other through the human body, and the paddles require 25 lbs of force at minimum to establish a good circuit. As the technicians are not touching, there is no completed circuit from paddle A to paddle B and thus, no current would flow.
While it has a small chance of passing over one, a hovercraft can set off any type of land mine, either from the skirt contacting the trigger, or by the steel in the chassis triggering the magnets. If it passes over several, at least one would destroy it.
As one's DNA is found in every cell, live or dead, in one's body, destroying bone marrow would not change it. To change DNA, it would require replacement of every cell, including, in effect, total brain death.
The amount of C-4 Bond places in the case at the beginning of the movie would be enough to flatten a huge land area, equivalent to the size of a large building. In the film, however, the explosion is incredibly small, and bystanders next to the detonation are shown to have only minor injuries.
When Bond fights Zao in the Cuban clinic, he disarms Zao by switching on an MRI, which makes the gun fly out of his hand, then switching it off to grab the gun. MRI magnets take hours both to charge up and to power down. In addition, everything else in the room - the bed Zao was on, the IV stand, a steel tray that gets knocked over during the fight - all would have gone flying into the MRI along with the gun. In fact, it is impossible to have any equipment in an MRI room other than the actual MRI - a patient's bed would certainly not be situated right next to one.
During the hovercraft scene in North Korea, Bond shoots the land-mines and they eject into the air before exploding. Though this is correct, the mines were shown exploding close to head height whereas in reality the mines would explode a waist level or lower so as to cause the most crippling injuries to soldiers.
As Bond and Jinx are running to get aboard the Antonov, you hear the engines powering up for takeoff. However as the front of one of the engines comes into shot, it shows that the turbine blades are moving very slowly, as if the engine isn't even running. (Note also that a typical human cannot run faster than 15-20 mph which is well slower than the speed of a plane taking off. If the engines of the Antonov were powered up, Bond and Jinx would have no hope of catching up and boarding.)
Gustav Graves' parachute jump over Buckingham Palace could never happen in real life. Any plane that flies within a kilometer of the palace will put Britain's anti-terrorist units and the Civil Aviation Authority on full alert. Location manager Simon Marsden had to negotiate long and hard with the appropriate authorities to secure permission to film in this most sensitive of locations. His negotiations were further complicated by the death of the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
The cruising speed of the Antonov 124 is approximately 500mph, which equates to nearly 1 mile every 6 seconds. It is very unlikely that cars dumped several seconds apart would land within a couple of hundred yards of each other.
When ice is heated by light from above, it begins melting at the top and progresses downward. But the ice hotel melts at all levels simultaneously, and for no apparent reason, all the melt-water flows up and into Jinx's room. The only ice that doesn't seem to melt is her ceiling, and water doesn't collect anywhere else.
All soldiers in the North Korean People's Army must wear a Kim Il-Sung badge over the left breast pocket but the more junior soldiers are missing these badges throughout the movie. A real NK soldier would be severely punished for not having this badge on.
The North Korean helicopter has Russian descriptions in the cockpit, the GPS system is in English, and the German registration D-HOXQ can be seen in the cockpit, as the helicopter was most probably rented from a Berlin-based company for filming.
When Gustav Graves says that he is to be knighted at Buckingham Palace, a previous shot shows that the Queen's personal standard is not flying. If Queen Elizabeth II were present in the Palace, her standard would definitely be flying.
In the command post scene at the end, there is a two-star general with a 2nd Infantry Division patch wearing a dress uniform. The 2nd Infantry Division Commander (the 2-star) would not be in this command post which belongs to the 4-star United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command Commander. He would be in his command post somewhere else. Also, everyone in the command post would be wearing the camouflage "Battle Dress Uniform" (BDU), not dress uniforms as most of the actors have on. Also, there would also be senior Korean officers in the command post as well as Americans since it is a combined command post.
When Bond and Jinx meet at Iceland, Jinx asks from Bond if he is looking for penguins (due the covert story Bond told Jinx in Cuba). There are no penguins in the Northern Hemisphere excluding the Galapagos Islands.
Bond places the ticket for the Alvarez Clinic in his inner right pocket, only to remove it later from his inner left pocket. This is a deliberate reference to a similar error in a previous Bond film, Licence to Kill.
The knives Jinx uses for throwing, while not purpose-designed for throwing, are well suited to the task. Any hobby knife thrower would be able to throw them effectively. Nor will the holes in the handle cause them to tumble: many purpose-designed throwing knives feature holes in the handle.
Bond enters Vauxhaull Cross Station and says that he has never been there before, but then we see that his old friends from Q Branch have their laboratory there. Previous films show that they relocate constantly.
In some scenes, Bond's invisible car is completely 100% invisible. In other scenes, the car appears with a blurry outline while in "invisible" mode. Since it's all imaginary technology, it works however the filmmakers want it to.
In the virtual reality headset simulation, the virtual reality action scene should be visible from a first-person perspective. In spite of this, the scene is filmed in third-person perspective, with the user visible. Given that no other James Bond movie has ever had a view from his perspective, and given that we would only be able to see a narrow vision and not what he's sensing around him, it's perfectly explainable that they chose to see what Bond was doing at the time and not just from his point of view.
Colonel Moon is beating up the punching bag. Afterwards, it is unzipped and a man falls out. However, when he was beating up the punching bag, it was shaped like a regular punching bag, not like it had a man inside. If it had a man inside, there would have been a lot more air in the bag.
When M visits Bond after he has been traded for Zao, she unlocks the door to enter his sealed room, then leaves 'locking' the door behind her. However, the light on the door locks remain green (unlocked) after she re-locks them, despite them originally being red when locked, then becoming green upon unlocking.
When Bond escapes from Graves' lair by running down the outside of the dome, the stuntman appears to be wearing sunglasses, while Pierce Brosnan, in the shots immediately before and after the stunt, is not.
After showing the mechanical "second sun", the men take the control unit out of the auditorium and walk it to another area where there is a door operated by a "card-key'. But the door starts to open moments before the card-key is inserted into the slot.
Some of the supposedly native North Koreans speak Korean with either South Korean accents/vocabulary or terrible Korean-American accents. North Koreans have different accents and use some different words than South Korean.
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When Jinx and Bond leave the airplane on a helicopter at the end of the movie Bond struggles against time to try to restart the helicopter engine. In reality this would be unnecessary because Bond could safely bring the helicopter down by just auto-rotating the rotors to slow the helicopter's decent.
When Bond arrives to the cockpit where Graves is and accidentally breaks one of the windows, there is a shot which depicts the cockpit as being behind the reactors of the plane, but when Bond pushes Graves out of the plane through the same window, the reactors are behind the cockpit.
When Jinx is trying to regain control of the airplane, the automated voice announcements are speaking English. Despite English being the most commonly used language in aviation and international air traffic control, the voice prompts on a North Korean military plane would definitely not be in anything but Korean.
Standard Hollywood make-believe. After the hole is shot in the window of the airplane, several people get sucked out and the plane goes into an uncontrollable dive for several minutes. In reality, although noisy, pressure equalization between the atmosphere and the interior of the aircraft only lasts a very few seconds regardless of altitude, nobody can get sucked out through a bullet hole, and the only reason that a dive would occur would be if the pilot needed to rapidly get below 10,000 feet for passenger welfare.
In the bedroom scene at the ice hotel, Miranda gives Bond his P99 pistol. It is often assumed that she empties the pistol and given that the difference in weight between a loaded and empty pistol is quite substantial, it would then be highly unlikely that a well trained and experienced secret agent would not notice. However, she has only removed the firing pin, so the weight difference would be next to nothing.
When Bond and Jinx take over the plane in the 3rd act, Jinx enters the cockpit after one of the two pilots goes to the bathroom. She takes out the second pilot and controls the plane until Miranda enters and starts a fight with Jinx. However, the first pilot stays in the bathroom for the rest of the flight, even when the plane is shook up by Icarus' laser beam.