Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One hits cinema screens around the globe this week. The seventh instalment in the long-running spy franchise once again sees Tom Cruise conduct gravity-defying stunts as intrepid IMF agent Ethan Hunt. Before you check out the Christopher McQuarrie-directed film – you’ll want to know these fifteen Mission: Impossible facts.

  • 1. The films are based on a television show created by Bruce Geller. The show ran for 7 seasons (1966-1973) and 171 episodes. Over the years its cast included Peter Graves, Martin LandauLeonard Nemoy, Barbara Bain, Lesley Ann Down and Sam Elliott. Lalo Schrifrin composed the now iconic theme tune – which is still used in the movies. An updated version of the show aired in 1988. It ran for 2 seasons (35 episodes) but it never matched the success of the original.
  • 2. Until Mission: Impossible- Fallout, each entry in the series had a different director. Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J Abrams, and Brad Bird all filmed instalments. Christopher McQuarrie is the first director to come back for directing duties. Joe Carnahan and David Fincher have come close to directing entries into the franchise.
  • 3. Peter Graves turned down the chance to reprise the role of Jim Phelps in Brian DePalma’s film because he was unhappy that the character was the film’s villain. Jon Voight played the part.
  • 4. Steven Hill played IMF Team Leader Dan Briggs in the first season of the Mission: Impossible TV series. Hill/Briggs was replaced by Peter Graves’ Jim Phelps from season 2 onwards. Both Cruise and Hill shared a scene in 1993’s The Firm.
  • 5. 1996’s Mission: Impossible was the first film produced by Tom Cruise. He has produced every film in the series, non-Mission: Impossible films include Narc, Ask The Dusk, Vanilla Sky, The Others and the Jack Reacher films. 

  • 6. Mission: Impossible II was Tom Cruise’s first sequel. Since then Cruise has made a monumentally successful sequel to Top Gun and he also returned to the role of Jack Reacher in 2016’s Never Go Back.
  • 7. The first six Mission: Impossible movies have grossed over $3.5 billion globally. 2018’s Fallout scored nearly $786 million worldwide – making it the highest-grossing film in the franchise (so far)
  • 8. Filming began on Dead Reckoning Part One in Italy in February 2020 but was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic – it resumed later that year and finally wrapped in September 2021.
  • 9. Apart from Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames’ Luther Stickell is the only character to appear in all seven Mission: Impossible films. Simon Pegg, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris and Rebecca Ferguson have also made more than one appearance.
  • 10. Nicolas Hoult was originally cast as the villain in Dead Reckoning Part One and Part Two, but he was replaced by Esai Morales due to scheduling conflicts.
  • 11. Mission: Impossible II’s Dougray Scott was originally cast as Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s X-Men, however, he had to drop out of the film when shooting on the spy movie over-ran. Hugh Jackman got the part – and the rest is history.
  • 12. The budget for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is estimated to be $290 million. 
  • 13. Henry Czerny returns as Eugene Kittridge, the former director of the IMF – he was last seen in 1996’s Mission: Impossible.
  • 14. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is the ninth time that Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie have worked together. With McQuarrie having a hand in The Mummy, Valkyrie, Jack Reacher, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Edge Of Tomorrow, Top Gun: Maverick and three Mission: Impossible films (Rogue Nation, Fallout and Dead Reckoning – Part One). McQuarrie has also directed the upcoming Dead Reckoning Part Two.
  • 15. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two is set for release on June 28, 2024.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One opens in cinemas on July 12th 2023. Choose to accept it.