Mission: Impossible Franchise

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The Plot

Gadgets, stunts and seemingly impossible missions combine to make one of the most thrilling and addictive action movie franchises of all time. The Mission: Impossible series now comprises six action-packed films, including the original Mission: Impossible released in 1996, Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible III, Ghost Protocol, Rogue Nation and finally Fallout, released in 2018. Thanks to the far-reaching nature of IMF’s many missions, the filming locations for the Mission: Impossible franchise span multiple incredible countries and beauty spots, many of which you can actually visit.

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Films Released

1996, 2000, 2006, 2011, 2015 and 2018

Gross Box Office

$3.6 billion (combined)

Filming Locations

Multiple locations including Prague, Dubai, the United States, Norway, Paris, Berlin, Vatican City, China, Kuala Lumpur, Australia and the United Kingdom

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Landmarks and Locations

  • Burj Khalifa, Dubai – Ethan’s “sticky gloves” climb in Ghost Protocol
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Location for opening scenes of Rogue Nation
  • Sydney, Australia – Location for most scenes in Mission: Impossible II
  • Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square, Prague – Opening scenes of Mission: Impossible
  • Shanghai, China – Ethan’s unbelievable leap from Jinmao Tower in Mission: Impossible III
  • Southern Alps Mountain Range, New Zealand – Location of Tom Cruise’s daring bungee jump stunt and other aerial stunts in Fallout
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Why You Should Visit

A Mission: Impossible-themed holiday itinerary would take you across multiple continents and breathtaking landscapes; the only thing you have to decide is where to go first. Sydney National Park saw a 200% increase in tourism following the release of the second film instalment, and is packed with beautiful coastal walks and hiking opportunities under the golden Australian sun. Over in Dubai, visiting the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – is well worth it even just for the eye-watering views across the desert from the observation decks (don’t look down), and Kuala Lumpur won’t disappoint with its twin skyscrapers, the Petronas Twin Towers.

Destination Film Facts
  • Did You Know?

    Tom Cruise insists on performing all of his own stunts, including the Halo jump in Fallout, scaling the Burj Khalifa in Ghost Protocol and the famous rock-climbing scenes seen in both Mission: Impossible and Mission: Impossible II.

  • Did You Know?

    All six of the Mission: Impossible films feature a scene involving a character suspended on a cable to infiltrate a location; it just wouldn’t be Mission: Impossible without it, right?

  • Did You Know?

    The first Mission: Impossible started shooting without a complete script. The writers had to scramble the story together to connect the action sequences into a clear narrative.

  • Did You Know?

    The first Mission: Impossible was the last movie from a major studio to be released on Betamax, a videotape format that became obsolete when VHS took over.

  • Did You Know?

    Cruise trained for a year to perform the high-altitude low-opening (HALO) parachute stunt in Fallout himself. He was the first actor to do a HALO jump on camera. It took over 100 jumps to film the stunt scene.