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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 its wake have disappeared.
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.
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.
During the Statue Park scene right before Bond re-unites with Trevelyan, you can see that is obvious tobacco smoke coming out from his mouth as the air is obviously not cold enough to make human breath visible.
The interior of the Military Intelligence Archives does not match the exterior. This is particularly noticeable after Bond swings across the bookcases he previously pushed down to block the door, smashes through the 3rd interior window from the right, emerges from the 2nd exterior window from the left and then runs across the military car park outside. The left side of the building is much shorter than needed to contain all of the interiors behind the door Bond blocked with the bookcases.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the satellite tracking display, the Goldeneye satellite is seen tracking east to west (right to left). All non-polar orbits use the Earth's rotation (up to 1,000 MPH) as a boost and track west to east.
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.
Bond bungy-jumps from a dam in the first scene. When he reaches the bottom, where the rubber-bands are stretched the most, he shoots a hook and winds himself down. That maneuver would demand enormous strength in his hands, since the bungy-jump bands force him upwards, and he needs to hold on to the hook-mechanism pulling him down.
When Natalya is in the IBM store she tells the salesman that she wants computers with: "500 megahertz drives, CD-ROM and 14.4 Kb modem." Megahertz is a unit used to measure processing power, and desktop CPU's back then weren't that fast, so she must have been talking about the hard disk drive. Hard drive capacity is measured in bytes, so she should have said "500 megabytes" although Natalya was a computer programmer so she shouldn't have made that kind of mistake. The average desktop PC's in 1993 typically had about 50 megahertz of processing power. 1993 was the year the Intel Pentium came out, it was the top of the line desktop processor at the time and it only came in 60 or 66 MHz.
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.
When Bond and Simonova are in the helicopter and the missiles are about to destroy it, the 'Eject' button lights up. The 'Eject' button typically lights up only when there is critical damage to the aircraft, not when a missile has been fired at it.
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.
When Bond stops his Aston Martin during the race with the Ferrari, he uses his right hand to pull on the emergency brake. As Aston Martin DB5s have the emergency brake to the outside of the Driver's seat, this is correct. Some assume that this is a goof as most cars have the emergency brake between the seats.
A satellite in the low earth orbit does not require such enormous dish to communicate with. Even television feeders for the geostationary orbit are much smaller. Aside from technical aspects, a weapon requiring such large antennas would be to easy to be paralyzed by enemy simply by destroying the large ground antenna with a small missile or even a grenade launcher.
Minister Mishkin brings Bond's Walther with him while interrogating Bond and Natalya and just sets it on the table within both Bond and Natalya's reach. Yet he did not unload it first, it makes no sense for him to set a loaded gun on a table within reach of one person he suspects is a terrorist and another person he suspects of being a traitor.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
The cockpit display of one of the MIGs heading towards Severnaya shows
AIR TO AIR........NORMAL
AIR TO GROUND.....NORMAL
with some of the letters flipped to make it look Russian.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.