Dolly's Braces

(or how I learned to stop questioning and accept the effect)

Sorry... What is this and who are you?

This will be wordy. But worth the read in my opinion. There will also be pictures. All of which you can click for 1080p resolution. I come from a digital graphics design and digital photo-retouching background of around 15 years. So I hope that's enough authority to speak on such matters :). I have not altered or touched up any of the screenshots short of annotations and the zooming in done via VLC.

What are you talking about?

The "Mandela Effect". If case you don't know what that is, the following description was lifted from Which is sad because it's the best description out there.

"The Mandela Effect is a theory of parallel universes, based in the idea that because large groups of people have similar alternative memories about past events. Advocates of the theory claim that for these collective experiences to be true, the fabric of reality must have shifted at some point in the past, and that therefore not only do parallel, inhabitable universes exist, but that we are constantly switching between them."

Of course, such things should always be taken with a pinch of salt. I know that and you (should) know that. However, sometimes something just doesn't sit right... You know what I mean?

Ok, so who is Dolly?

Firstly I want to state that the screencaps were pulled from "Moonraker (1979) [1080p]" BRRip. However I have also checked a VHS copy and DVD copy for the same anomalies. They exist in ALL formats. I chose this to screencap because of its ease.

Dolly is a character from the 1979 film Moonraker (starring Roger Moore). She is the love interest of Jaws (one of the film's protagonists). Those of you who have seen this film will remember it's the one where James Bond goes into space and is very campy and pretty cheesey overall.

Here's a picture of Dolly for future reference (click to enlarge):

Got ya, so... What's the "Mandela Effect" in Moonraker?

Glad you asked. There is a scene where Dolly helps Jaws from under a pile of Cable Car rubble after some fisty-cuffs with Bond, James Bond.

Some of you will probably remember the scene, Jaws is helped up by Dolly, a blonde girl with pigtails dressed in a white dress. As their eyes meet, Jaws smiles revealing his big metal grin and the camera pans to Dolly who... ...

...? Who did what...?!

Well, how do you remember it? What does Dolly do?
Take a moment and think about it...
Seriously... Take a moment.
Here's the picture of her again. (click to enlarge)

Ok... Well I don't know but some people reading this might.

Well, it seems that a *lot* of people (including myself) seem to remember the camera switching to Dolly where she starts to smile back, in turn showing her own braces, the music then cues for a comedy moment and the scene ends.

Right. So I assume there is a big reveal?

Yes. Well... To some people...
All is not as it seems... Dolly never had braces in the film. There is barely any evidence that Dolly's braces existed.

What do you mean "barely" any evidence?


Well, besides the general articles on who Dolly was and her descriptions stating that she wore braces, I have found the following interesting. Here's my first bit of evidence your honour... I present the following Gif file. Exhibit A.

Exhibit A. The smile that wasn't silver.

Right, this is the scene where Dolly initially smiles. I apologise for the jumps in the video, you can see it's caused by me moving the zoom into place (top left thumbnail view).

There's two really noticable things here... The first is her canine tooth on her left side. Here's an image: (click to enlarge)

This *could* be a trick of the shadows and lighting, but it doesn't look like it to me, it looks like the tooth is *moving* further to the front of the mouth.

A lot of the times you can put this down to bad video encoding or the like, but the rest of the frame doesn't do this and neither is it replicated anywhere else to my knowledge. The only reason I can think of is some form of tampering.. We'll get to that later.

The second thing is this portion is between her front teeth. Here, i'll blow it up for you. (click to enlarge)

Do you see the near horizonal grid-like lines between her teeth. Like something was once covering her teeth in a horizontal direction. As in how braces used to look. Big, metal with horizontal wires covering all teeth.

As a side note, I just noticed how much her teeth change colour through those frames. White to yellowy. Shadow changes tone, not hue.

Ok. I think you have piqued my interest. What else do ya got?

Well, I'll tell ya homeboy! We then lose track of Dolly until near the end of the film where she appears in a yellow spacesuit.

When the spacestation starts to break down and it's going to explode (37 year old spoiler alert!), Dolly and Jaws are sat down and just about to drink some champagne that was convienietly in shot. Cue Exhibit B!

Exhibit B. Invisible braces!

Again, there are two main anomalies here. One is the aparantly invisible braces and the other is the shiny thingy appearing in her mouth.

Here's the invisible braces blown up. (click to enlarge)

Again, look at the annotated bits. Not the compression around them. I know what video compression looks like and acts like over a variety of different colours and contrasts. This is not the "compression artefact" shape.

There are a couple of things here... The weirdest being the silvery bulbous "thing" coming out of her lip/mouth/teeth. The other is the faint line seemingly following the teeth along the front.

Exhibit C. Through the drinking glass.

Next up Dolly takes a sip of her champagne. Here's the Gif. (click to enlarge)

There's some frame jumpiness here as well, my fault for trying to speed the process along. The important frames are still there. Blow that shit up yo! (click to enlarge)

In this gif there is a similar but darker line going through her teeth, but only when the glass is over it. To me this is indictive of an algorythm failing because of the difference behind glass. Especially as her lips and skin are not affected in the same way. This is all denoted by the green arrows.

The orange line represents the edge of the glass so you can see it isn't causing the dark lines.

Anything more to add to all that?

Only that I went back to review the film and found another part with Dolly smiling. I guess this would be Exhibit D...?

Exhibit D. There's that dark line again.

This one rules out shadows being the issue. Cue Gif. (click to enlarge)

On HER left side of her face you can see a dark horizontal line going through all the teeth. This cannot be shadow from her lip, because it would go all the way to the actual lip itself. If it was a shadow from an external source the shadow would cast over her cheek as well. So... What is it? Remember you can click to zoom!

So... That's it?

Yep. Want a conclusion paragraph from me?

Uh, I guess...?

It seems to be that every version of Moonraker has been digital altered. However, this does NOT explain how VHS videos and DVDs show the same things.

Has anyone asked the actress yet?

Yep, even the actress who portrayed Dolly says no Braces were involved...

In short, I have no idea... I'm almost believing that something not digital but nothing that the public knows about is changing things somehow... Or perhaps it's just a mass-misunderstanding...

So... Not really a conclusion?

No. Just some musings from a guy who looks at and manipulates pixels all day.

Good chat...

Yup. Guess so. Hit me up.