Russian Clocks are Always Right – The Lektor is the reason Bond is in Istanbul, and here he receives clearance from M to proceed with the mission. Note Bond tells Kerim Bay that they will execute the plan for getting the Lektor out of the Russian Embassy on the 14th: after Bey asks the 13th?
Did he change the date just in case? Or was this a precaution on Bond’s part in case there were any bugs planted? Even Tania, as we see, thought it was going to be the 14th.
Bey is to explode a bomb at 3 PM, and here Bond asks if the clock is correct as he checks his watch as well. The gates when Bond walks through to access the Russian Embassy are still around, but not near the other filming locations.
When the bomb goes off, chaos ensues, and Bond gets into the room where Tania has the Lektor, with tear gas in the air, mask on Bond, and she says that she thought it was going to be the 14th but today is the 13th. The question is why did Bond tell Karim in his office that it would be the 14th, but then they executed it on the 13th?
Perhaps they were being cautious in case anyone overheard, but it is not absolutely clear in the clip. But the fact that it happens the day before it was expected to, indicates perhaps that Bond trusted no one, and maybe Tania would leak out the plan, or someone in Bey’s organization would. And if it leaked out that it would be the 14th, well, too late. Bond gets the Lektor on the 13th. Obviously, Bey knows the exact date and time since he explodes the bomb precisely at 3 PM… on the 13th!
And yes, Russian Clocks are Always Right!