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Friday, January 4, 2013

Authors' Mistakes #10 - 007 Tomorrow Never Dies

A couple of days ago, I watched Tomorrow Never Dies, the second 007-film with Pierce Brosnan (1997).

I was appalled to detect a huge factual mistake.

Bond is supposed to make a HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) parachute jump. Before he makes the jump, an officer tells him that he needs to keep his oxygen mask on if he wants to avoid dying of asphyxiation, because he will be jumping from five miles of altitude (26,400 feet or 8 km).

While this dialogue is taking place, they are standing in the cargo hold of a military transport airplane with the loading gate completely open. Although they should be enduring conditions comparable to those close to the summit of Mount Everest, they behave and talk as if they were in an office building.

No, no, no...

What surprises me is that the director, the actors, and the dozens/hundreds of people who contribute to making a film didn’t noticed it.

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