He didn't say that!

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Jim Lovell

After we marked the 40th anniversary of Apollo 13's successful failure it reminded us that Jim Lovell's "Houston" line is often misquoted; so what other lines do we get wrong? See gallery

"Houston, we have a problem."

This is the widely accepted version of what Jim Lovell said when things went horribly wrong on Apollo 13. It's the line Tom Hanks used in the movie adaptation of the flight, but it's not what Lovell said. He said: "Houston, we've had a problem."

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Neil Armstrong

"One small step for man..."

This is the perceived version of what Neil Armstrong said when he first set foot on the moon. NASA records and Neil Armstrong actually indicate that he said: "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

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The quote associated with Archimedes discovering water displacement and buoyancy (please excuse the crude summation of Archimedes' important theory). Having sat in a bath and realised water was displaced by his volume, the story goes that Archimedes ran naked through the streets of Syracuse shouting "eureka!" Unfortunately it is believed to be highly unlikely that this ever happened.

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Jim Bowen

"Super, smashing, great."

As much as I would love Bowen to have said this, the simple fact is he never did. The line was popularised as Bowen's through the satirical television series Spitting Image.

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Bill Shankly

"Football's not a matter of life or death. It's much more important".

Shankly, as well as being a great football manager, was also great for quotes. This is one of his most famous, but it is not what he actually said. This is: "Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don't like that attitude. I can assure them it's much more important than that".

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Michael Caine

"Not a lot of people know that."

This is a line associated with Caine, but it was actually Peter Sellers doing an impression of Caine on the Michael Parkinson show and it stuck with Caine.

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"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well."

Most people would assume this is what Hamlet says to the skull in William Shakespeare's play. In fact the line is: "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio - a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy."

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Harry Callahan

"Do you feel lucky, punk?"

One of Clint Eastwood's most famous lines and one that has been used over and over again. But it's not what was actually said, this is: "I know what you're thinking: 'Did he fire six shots, or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But, being as this is a 44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"

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Sherlock Holmes

"Elementary my dear Watson."

Now this is a tricky one. Sherlock Holmes writer Arthur Conan Doyle never wrote the famous line in any of his books, so to Holmes purists the line is wrong. But, once again, we can thank movie world for the line. In the final scene of the 1929 film The Return of Sherlock Holmes, the Baker Street detective does say, "Elementary, my dear Watson, elementary."

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Rick Blaine

"Play it again Sam."

Is this the most famous misquote of all time? Possibly. Humphrey Bogart's character never says the line in the film, what he says is: "If she can stand it, I can. Play it." Ingrid Bergman's character said: "Play it once Sam, for old time's sake." "Play it Sam, play As Time Goes By."