Mistakes - GoldenEye
In the pre-title sequence at the Arkangel dam, when Bond is supposedly cutting through
a hatch with a "laser", but the green laser light that depicts
the placement of the laser is not in the same position where the
cut is being created.
When Bond jumps from the dam in Arkangel, a shot follows him
down during the fall, then another shot begins from the top of
the dam and follows him down again. In the latter angle a white European
model box truck and a yellow crane are visible
- you can see these in the "making of" documentary,
as they are each used for the stunt. Clearly they are not meant to be there
by script, as it is a location deep in Russia that doesn't have western
European vehicles, and moreover, the shot
of the dam right before the jump (no more then couple of seconds)
shows the entire dam empty.
During the pre-titles escape scene, when one of the soldiers is hit by a motorbike, he is thrown before the impact actually occurs.
Bond leans against a stone wall in the Arkangel weapons factory, and it
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.
Bond acquires gloves after falling out of the plane.
When Bond is looking through his camera at the boat Xenia is boarding, he is looking with his left eye, but when we see him again, the camera is on his right eye.
When Bond bikes off the end of the runway, he is able to catch
up with, and board, the falling plane. It is impossible for someone
in free-fall to catch up with an object that is descending under
both the force of gravity and that of its own engines. The plane
will always be traveling faster than Bond is (until it hits the
ground, of course).
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.
After Bond shoots the tank's cannon at the train we see him climb out of the tank. A second later the shot shows him 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. He would have had no time to make it that far in such a short space of seconds.
The terrain around Arkangel where the pre-title sequence took
place is flat. Certainly not enough altitude to a allow a small
plane at the foot of a dam to fly vertically down for almost a
During the tank/car chase in St. Petersburg, Bond plows the tank
through a Perrier truck. After breaking through the truck, Perrier
cans fly all over the place, but nothing comes out of any of them.
Furthermore, from the sound they make as they hit the ground,
they are obviously all empty. No Perrier truck would carry empty
When Jack Wade hits his car's rear-mounted engine with the sledgehammer,
we hear it start, but the crankshaft-mounted fan doesn't turn.
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.
The front right light of Ourumov's car gets broken at the beginning
of the tank chase, but is fixed later in the chase.
The two parachutes on the helicopter escape pod are white in
long distance shots but red, white and blue in close-up on the
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.
When Goldeneye satellite is revealed in space, Earth is turning
one direction in one cut, and the opposite direction in the next
When the man on the ship is introducing the waiting public and
media to the Tiger helicopter, a large rowing boat goes behind
The GoldenEye 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.
When Jack Wade gets out of his plane to rendezvous with Bond, he looks to his left and says, "Banyan trees." The full surrounding area was visible when he was coming in for a landing, and there were no banyan trees.
Admiral Farrel's ID card is in English only. Any ID card issued
by the Canadian government would be in English and French.
When the Tiger is landing at the remote station, there is already
snow on the bottom of the helicopter's tires.
Wires pulling the cockpit of the Tiger helicopter upwards are visible when Bond ejects
it from the helicopter just moments before it explodes.
When the train is rushing toward the tank, the number of cars
attached changes between shots.
When Ourumov is unloading James's Walther PPK, he doesn't eject
the shell inside the chamber which would have been cycled in after
he had shot it. He then hands James a loaded weapon which could
have easily killed him.
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.
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.
When Bond and Natalya slide down the inside of the dish, the
gradient is a lot less than in all other shots.
When Bond is running down the ramp to the room in the GoldenEye radio telescope 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 the stunt man rolls cleanly through the catwalk with both legs between the rail.
You can clearly see a roller under Bond as he slides down the
satellite dish with Natalya.
Bond stops sliding by putting his feet on a lip on the hole in
the middle that was not there previously.
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.
As the satellite dish is draining the water towards the finale
of the movie, the motion of the water indicates that the film
was reversed to give the draining effect.
After he has skydived into the falling plane, we see Bond climbing into the pilot's seat and sitting down as if in normal gravity. As both he and the plane are in free-fall, he would be effectively in weightlessness.
In the final confrontation on Trevelyan's satellite dish, Trevelyan
unloads a full clip of his Browning BDM before reloading and continuing
in his pursuit of Bond. This Browning holds 13 rounds and in the
ensuing fight, only three rounds are discharged before the gun
is out of ammunition. It's hardly likely that a professional ex-00
agent would keep half-full magazines at the ready.
During Bond's tour of Q's laboratory, a boom mic is briefly visible
at the top of the screen.