When the text message 'ELLIPSIS' arrives, it is visibly daytime in Madagascar. When the text message was sent in the Bahamas, the time was 7:12PM or 19:12. The Bahamas is in the EST time zone which is UST -5, Madagascar is in EAT which is UST +3. So it should have been 2:12AM when the text message arrived, not daytime.
At the climax of the big game, the dealer mixes the players cards in with the community (board) cards to illustrate the various hands. This would never happen - the players cards are always kept separate from the board.
At the end of the major poker tournament Bond passes a chip from the table to the dealer as a tip. While this is done in cash games, in a tournament the chips have no actual value. The chips are just markers to play with as the money is pooled together and paid out to those that cash, in this case in the special account that is unlocked by the password. If the chip had any value Bond would be tipping the dealer with the casino's money as all his winnings were in that account.
When on the yacht where James is writing his resignation letter to 'M', he finishes the email 'Sincerely'. This is an Americanisation. In British English, the correct form is 'Yours sincerely', something a public school boy would be aware of. Alternatively, the correct form for someone in the British military writing to a senior is 'I remain your most humble and obedient servant'. This perhaps was not used due to the fact he was resigning.
When Bond is examining the MI6 file on Le Chiffre, the file contains some errors; in the section that details his areas of operation, Bosnia is misspelled "Bosni" and the word Investigator is misspelled "Invesigator".
During the fight in the stairwell at the hotel, the floor numbers can be seen on the exit doors. By those numbers, the fight started on the 19th floor (since one level down, you see an 18 on the door), but the hotel only had four floors, as Le Chiffre's room was on the top floor, where the fight started.
Upon arrival at Casino Royale, Bond receives a package with keys to a new Aston Martin. When he sits in the car, he leaves the driver's door open as he checks out the hidden compartments where the defibrillator and gun are located. After he closes the last compartment, the driver's door is now closed when it was open a moment earlier. The door is open again upon Bond's exit from the car.
Sunlight direction - and also the position of the sun - frequently changes when Bond fights Mollaka on the crane. For example, when Mollaka jumps down the higher crane, the sun is behind him, and when lands is shines from front. There is also a remarkable change, when Bond jumps down.
After Vesper inserts the red wire into the defibrillator pad and presses the red button, the next cut shows Bond awakening and you can see the little red wire from the pad has fallen onto his chest. After the next cut, the wire has been re-inserted into the pad.
At the airport scene, when the bomber first checks his cell-phone to check the bomb's status, before the fight on the runway, the clock on the phone shows 2:13 am. After a long car chase and fight, well over 10 minutes in real life, when the bomber looks at his phone to send the call to the bomb, the phone still reads 2:13 am.
During the final hand when Le Chiffre raises to 12 million, he stacks four $1m blue chips neatly on top of several chip stacks before pushing them in. After Bond pushes all his chips in, Le Chiffre calls by pushing all his remaining chips in, however the neatly stacked blue chips are strewn in front of the stacked chips. As he drops his last chip into the pot, a close-up shows the blue chips back in their original position on top of the stacks. Throughout this hand the position of various other chips also shifts from scene to scene.
As confirmed by the "ELLIPSIS" text message, Bond's assault on the Nambutu Embassy in Madagascar takes place on 6th July 2006. The news website showcasing the CCTV footage of the incident, however, has Tuesday 28th highlighted on its web calendar. (Further confirmation that this is the wrong date is shown via the later attack on the Skyfleet S570 at Miami Airport, which explicitly takes place in the early hours of 9th July 2006.)
At the end of the chase, Mollaka runs into the Nambutu Embassy pulling out his passport. In the next shot, he runs around the corner and the guard at the Embassy gate has his passport and phone in hand.
The poker game's first break is after 4 hours' play, and has a 1-hour gap. During the gap, Bond has his encounter with Le Chiffre's two business partners before returning to the game. He then returns to his room, presumably after another few hours of poker, and finds Vesper sitting in the shower, shaken after Bond's fight. Surely she wouldn't have been there for several hours.
Sunlight Direction - When we first see Valenka, she is climbing aboard Le Chiffre's yacht after a swim. In close-up, the sun is in the background, toward the front of the boat. In the long shot, shadows indicate the sun is behind the yacht.
When Mollaka runs into the embassy (during the chase), the guard is holding his passport. It was visible of him taking it out when he first runs in, but when you see it from Bond's POV, the guard has it in his hand, and Mollaka doesn't hand it to him.
When James comforts Vesper in the shower after the stairwell fight the camera pulls back on the two of them. As the camera moves back you can see an orange/yellow light reflected in the glass of the shower wall, but then it "turns off" about half way through the pull back.
(at around 2h) Bond has exited the Bank and the camera passes a shop window. In the reflection, a number of people can be seen facing the window, holding up camera phones as if they are watching the shot being taken. To the left of the shot, the reflection shows a man in a light top who is clearly sitting down and traveling with the camera dolly. He is looking left to right. He is using both hands to hold something in front of him that he is watching. On the right hand side of the frame, there is another person, also sitting down and traveling with the camera dolly. He faces right to left and is in a darker top.
When Bond lands in the Bahamas, the Royal Towers at the Atlantis Resort are visible in the background, placing him at the seaport on Paradise Island. However, when Bond is seen driving to his destination, The Ocean Club, which is also on Paradise Island, he is actually on the adjacent island, New Providence.
When the taxis pull up to the Miami airport (one carrying Bond and the other carrying the guy with the flashlight bomb), you can briefly see a European "do not enter" sign behind the taxis. European "do not enter" signs are round and red with a white horizontal line going through the center. In the United States, "do not enter" signs have that symbol on a white background with the words "do not enter" printed on them.
In order to create the Montenegro location for the poker game, (almost) all signs in front of restaurants and such have been altered to a perfect Montenegrin/Serbian language, with an appropriate mix of Latin and Cyrillic lettering. However, when Bond is sitting in the café with Mathis waiting for the arrest, an original sign, "Bilý Kun" , which is definitely Czech and not Montenegrin/Serbian, is clearly visible for a few seconds.
In the first aerial night shot of the train in which Bond and Vesper travel to the Poker Game, the caption at the bottom of the screen tells us about the current location (of the train): supposedly Montenegro. After Bond and Vesper met for the first time in the train's restaurant, there's a cut in which we see the train race through a train station. The platform's sign is clearly stating the name of the place: Chur Ost (Chur East), which would be in Switzerland, not (yet) in Montenegro (and not even anywhere reasonably close to it).
When Bond is poisoned with digitalis during the poker game, he has a life-threatening ventricular tachycardia. However the monitors show only a moderate tachycardia (134 -136) which would not be an immediate threat. The heart rate should have been at least 180 - 200 for the scene to make sense (It is also hard to explain how the ECG trace could be obtained with only one lead, the other one being unplugged). Ventricular fibrillation would also have been a credible cause of near-death, but it is ruled out by the rhythmic ECG trace shown.
When Bond is poisoned with digitalis, he is told to use a defibrillator and combopen. Defibrillation is not used for digitalis poisoning because it can increase the dysrhythmia. The combopen is used as an antidote for nerve agents and would have no effect. The actual antidote for digitalis poisoning is Digifab. Lidocaine could also be used to treat the arrhythmias.
The mobile phone with the "ELLIPSIS" message lists the time of the message as 19:12:22. The message was sent from the Bahamas to Madagascar, between which there is a six hour time difference. When Bond identifies the sender in a video from a surveillance camera in the Bahamas the timecode also reads twelve minutes past seven which means that either the Madagascar bomb-maker decided for no apparent reason to set his mobile phone to Bahama-time or the video surveillance system in the Bahamas was running on Madagascar time or, most likely, the film-makers simply forgot to account for the time difference.
During the showdown phase of the final poker hand, the dealer takes each of the players' hold cards and inserts them into the board, replacing invalid cards on the board with the player's cards. This is clearly done for dramatic effect, as a real dealer would not do this. Doing so could cause confusion as to which cards were on the board and which cards belonged to the player. The correct procedure is to leave the board intact and place the player's cards just below it and then construct the appropriate hand.
During the opening chase sequence when Bond jumps onto a raised scissor lift and hits the control box and hydraulic fluid sprays out and the lift drops when in actuality the control box is electrical controls and all the hydraulics are in the base and absolutely nothing would happen if you broke the box except you would be stuck at the top.
In Miami International Airport Carlos hits a switch that activates all the fire sprinklers. Normal fire sprinkler systems do not have a switch to activate the entire system, instead sprinklers are activated by the heat of the fire melting a glass trigger in the sprinkler head and only the ones in immediate area of the fire activate. If all the sprinklers activated at once the water pressure at each head would be significantly lower than if only one or two activated, impeding the suppression of the fire, and the water damage caused by a sprinkler would be over a large area instead of just the area of the fire. This is a common goof and is seen in many movies and TV shows.
In the opening scenes, when Mollaka is shooting at Bond, his pistol runs out of bullets. He clicks the trigger a couple of times, as if to verify that the pistol is empty. This "test for more bullets" technique might sometimes work with a revolver; however, a semiautomatic pistol locks open when the last round is ejected, making it obvious that there is no more ammo.
(This "testing" of semi-auto pistols is common in Hollywood, but it's still wrong.)
Several times throughout the movie, James Bond is seen and heard switching the safety lever off of his Walther P99. In fact, the Walther P99 handgun has no slide-lever safety; the gun instead contains 4 internal safeties. An immediate "safety trigger" is located on the trigger itself, which will not pull back unless properly pivoted from the bottom.
When an International fuel truck is being filled it releases air from air brakes. When Bond is driving this truck several minutes later the brake lines are damaged but the brakes do not engage as is normal in truck with dual pot air systems.
Any explosion or suspected terrorist activity would put an airport in lock-down and all aircraft would be grounded and incoming flights diverted. Several incidents occurred at the Miami airport yet business seemed to carry on as usual.
When Mollaka jumps into the arena hosting the fight between the mungo and the cobra, a pair of long fangs can be seen in the front of the cobra's mouth. Cobras, unlike for instance rattlesnakes, do not possess such fangs. The teeth by which means cobras administer venom are much smaller and are situated more in the back of the mouth.
When the terrorist sets off the metal detector at the security checkpoint, the TSA agent wands him down with a handheld metal detector. This would not occur in real life. If someone sets off the metal detector, they would be patted down by the TSA agent. Also, the keys he hands the agent would be sent through the X-ray machine.
In the first poker game where Bond wins the car, the keys are placed in the pot representing the bet. Bond wins, then asks for the valet tag. If the car was parked by the valet, the keys would have been at the valet stand. However, in the shot where the "keys" are thrown into the pot, it can be seen that it is only a key ring and not the actual keys to the car. It's most likely a lucky charm.
When M is explaining the stock market manipulations which coincided with the September 11th terrorist attacks, she states that "the stocks hit bottom on 9/12." In reality the stock market did not reopen after the attacks until Monday 9/17. However the NYSE is only one of several dozen international stock markets. Several of the largest of these were open on 9/12, including the London Stock Exchange, which would, presumably, be the one M was talking about.
The black center section on the airport bus rammed by the fuel truck in the Miami Airport scene is a feature of the real vehicle and is not a modification made by the effects crew to aid in breaking the vehicle apart. The flexible connection allows the tandem sections of the bus to make tighter turns than would otherwise be possible for such a long vehicle.
When M yells at Bond after his botched mission in Madagascar, she throws down a newspaper which reads MI6 KILLS UNARMED PRISONER. A similar story seen earlier on Le Chiffre's computer identifies him as a British agent. However, since Bond escaped from the embassy and did not speak a word to anyone while there, nobody could possibly know that he was English or worked for MI6, even with security camera footage.
During the opening chase sequence when Bond cuts the cranes rope the boom doesn't move at all. It should spring back up (potentially toppling the crane) as it is under tension from supporting the load.
In the chase scene at the start of the film, Mollaka climbs a 'wooden' ladder - it's actually an aluminium ladder, painted to appear wooden. You can tell it's aluminium because it has holes down the sides where the rungs join.
The goof items below may give away important plot points.
Before showdown of the final poker hand, given that two side pots have been created by Player 1 going all-in with his remaining 6M, Player 2 going all-in with his remaining 5M, and both Bond and Le Chiffre committing their chips to the pot, the dealer should have arranged the side pots and directed (or at least asked) the players to show their cards in conventional order to ensure proper allocation of winnings. Proper convention would be that Bond and Le Chiffre show their cards for side pot #2 (the largest pot), then Player 1 shows for side pot #1 (for 3M) then Player 2 shows for the main pot (for 44M). The order of card reveal in the movie was done for obvious dramatic effect.
While struggling with a villain in the sinking house, Bond holds his opponent's shirt as he rips an electrical cable from the wall and then presses the exposed wires against the villains chest. Since Bond was also electrically bonded to the villain by their wet clothes, Bond would have suffered the same electrical shock.
Originally, it is believed that in the final poker hand with all 4 players all in there's a mistake, because the total amount Bond wins is $120 million. Player 1 goes all in with 6, Player 2 goes all in with 5, leaving approximately 109 million. Bond goes all in with 40.5 million, which means he can only win 40.5 million from Le Chiffre. Le Chiffre would still have 120M - 92M = 28 million left. (92M = 6M + 5M + 40.5M + 40.5M.) It is claimed that the game would not be over. However, review of the actual scenes and Mathis's statement that there is 115 million in the final pot reveal that Bond was the chip leader and that someone (Felix Leiter, who staked Bond's re-buy) did not buy back in; thus, the full potential of $120M would not be seen on the table. It starts with $24M in the pot (a quote from Mathis), with four players, which is six million in chips from each. Fukutu adds $6M and Ade adds $5M. The pot is now $35M. Le Chiffre adds $12M, raising the pot to $47M. A count of Bond's chips shows that he has $26M in $1M blue chips, 7 twenty-chip stacks of $100,000 chips, and 1 $500,000 chip, making his total $40,500,000. When he goes all in, that raises the pot to $87.5M. That means Le Chiffre needs to add $28.5M to match Bond's raise. He has 20 $1M blue chips, 13 $500,000 chips, 4 $100,000 chips in his hand, one $100,000 chip on his cards, and 5 $100,000 chips sitting away from his neater stacks, giving him $27.5M. When Le Chiffre goes all in with $27.5M, that brings the pot to $115M, which Mathis points out. Therefore, Fukutu started the hand with 12M, Ade with 11M, LeChiffre with 45.5M, and Bond with 46.5M. Bond was the chip leader and therefore won the game on that hand.
When Vesper visits Bond when he is recovering from his ordeal, she is wearing a plain green dress. When they get back to his room, the dress that she takes off is turquoise and floral. However, James is also wearing different clothes, and is no longer in his special chair. Obviously some time has passed, and therefore they have changed clothes.
No construction nail guns fire without being pressed firmly against a surface. You must depress this lever at the end of the gun to fire it. It would take two hands to do so, but no one firing the gun does so. However, the safety mechanism is easily (and quite often) removed.
Prior to the the CPR on Vesper, James should have purged her lungs of water by laying her on her side briefly. A trained special agent or armed forces personnel should have known this. Yet he very quickly gives up. If he had had any training in this, he would know not to give up for a lot longer, and if professional rescuers are expected, not give up at all.
At the end, when Mr. White exits his car and answers his cell phone- you can notice that he is wearing knee pads under his trousers. Seconds later, while Bond phones him, he is shot in the knee and falls to the ground and the knee pads help break his fall.
When Bond is attempting to revive Vesper on the top of the building, water is still violently gushing up from the inside, even though the building is obviously not sinking any more. The water gushing also has a rhythm which makes it quite obvious that it is produced.
Near the end of the film, when Vesper enters the password (her own name), she does not press any "enter" key. Since passwords had to be six characters or more (according to the Swiss banker earlier at start of tournament), the system should require some kind of termination character before accepting the bare-minimum length.