Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation(2015)
- RatedPG13 /GenreAction, Adventure, Thriller
Dangling off wires, jumping off buildings, hanging off cliffs or jumping on talkshow host Oprah Winfrey's couch – no obstacle or stunt is too difficult for Tom Cruise.
The 52-year-old actor reprises his role as super-spy Ethan Hunt in the fifth instalment of the 'Mission: Impossible' franchise.
The first trailer of 'Rogue Nation' is filled with the obligatory jaw-dropping action before we see Cruise's Ethan catching a plane ride the only way he knows how: on the edge.
In an interview with USA Today, the actor said: “I’ve often sat on airplanes, looked out and thought what it would be like out there on the wing. This is the (stuff) I think about.”
Tom Cruise performs his own stunts
That is really Cruise strapped to the outside of an Airbus A400 (see image at right): “That’s me the whole time. I was standing right over the tyres when we landed. It’s nerve-racking for everyone else, but pretty exciting for me.”
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Director Christopher McQuarrie said he knew anything that they did was going to be compared with the Burj Khalifa stunt in the movie's 2011 edition, 'Ghost Protocol', where Cruise climbed the glass exterior of the world's tallest building in Dubai. "But it’s not like you could wait for someone to build an even taller building. We keep pushing the envelope," McQuarrie said.
Cruise clinging on to an Airbus is just the latest in crazy stunts showcased in the 'Mission: Impossible' movies. To jolt your memory, here are some of the past ones.
Crawling on trains and then jumping off them: 'Mission: Impossible' (1996)
Cruise launches the 'Mission: Impossible' franchise with a bang, setting the standards for future action movies with its explosive mix of heart-stopping stunts and tightly choreographed fight scenes.
The scene where Ethan Hunt breaks into the CIA headquarters and then dangling just off the floor via wires is probably one of the most memorable and most imitated action scenes ever.
But even that didn't top the movie's set-piece finale where Ethan chases Jon Voight's Jim Phelps on top of a speeding train, jumps on to a moving helipcopter, activates a chewing-gum bomb and then leaps back on to the train when the helicopter goes kaboom.
The climactic train sequence took six weeks to film at the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios.
Jumping off vertical rock faces: 'Mission: Impossible 2' (2000)
Cruise returns to the 'M:I' franchise with a whopper of an opening scene, and John Woo directing: him scaling a vertical rock face at Dead Horse Point in Utah, US.
At one point, you see him leaping off to get to a better route. Cruise, of course, was on cables which were then digitally removed in the final edited scene.
Veteran rock climber Ron Kauk was the actor's climbing double, and the overhang stunt was performed by main stuntman, Keith Campbell.
Leaping off a moving motorcycle: 'Mission: Impossible 2' (2000)
In the final act of the movie, we see Ethan playing a game of high-stakes motorcycle "chicken" with main villain Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott).
With both characters being super-spies, no one falters and instead of dodging, both leap into the air for a climactic fist fight.
Jumping from a tall building to another tall building: 'Mission: Impossible 3' (2006)
The third movie of the 'M:I' franchise sees Ethan Hunt in Shanghai to steal a McGuffin called "The Rabbit's Foot".
The heist involves Ethan jumping off a very tall building, then swinging to another tall building as if he were changing shoes.
Hanging on a very tall building: 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol' (2011)
The is the one that had the stunt to top all stunts from the series.
Standing at 829.8m, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world's tallest free-standing structure. But that didn't stop Tom Cruise from wanting to step out and climb it.
Cruise performed the death-defying stunt without the use of a stunt double. It took five months to plan.
'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' opens 30 July 2015