As writers have long noted, there are only seven plots in literature and movies. Currently getting hefty traffic on Reddit’s movie page is an increasing list of ways in which the two spy movies are essentially telling exactly the same story. First up, the main characters Bond and Ethan Hunt 'go rogue’, searching for a shadowy organisation of evil folks, the very existence of which is doubted by their superiors.
‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ has hauled in a massive $121 million (£77 million) on its opening weekend. The Tom Cruise actioner, in which he reprises his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt, coined $56 million (£35.9 million) in the US and another $65 million around the world in a solid box office performance. It was the best opening weekend figure for any of the movies in the five movie old franchise.
There is no movie stunt too impossible for Tom Cruise. The 53-year-old star seems to relish putting his body in harm’s way, especially when it comes to his role as special agent Ethan Hunt in the ‘Mission: Impossible’ series. At the Vienna press day for his fifth go-around with the IMF, ‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’, Cruise gave us some insight into what happens behind the scenes of filming some of his riskiest business.
Say what you will about Tom Cruise, but you can’t deny his enthusiasm and commitment to performing, even when it comes to lip syncing. The ‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ star stopped by ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ and took part in one of the chat show’s now-famous lip sync battles. Watch the highlights above. Cruise gamely tackled ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’ by The Weeknd, belted out ‘Paradise By The Dashboard Lights’ by Meatloaf, before doing a duet with the show’s host on ‘You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling’ by the Righteous Brothers, the song he memorably crooned with Anthony Edwards in ‘Top Gun
Yes, he might do his own stunts, and yes, it might well increase his bragging rights, but that doesn’t mean that Tom Cruise wasn’t bricking it when he did that now infamous plane stunt. Images emerged earlier this year of Cruise hanging from the side of a cargo plane while filming ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’. Nosferatu director’s head ‘stolen from grave’ Could Movie Apocalypses Happen In Real Life? Hilary Swank turning down roles to care for her sick father Fans were then somewhat blown away to find that it was indeed him - not a lookalike stuntman stand-in - doing the dangerous stuff.
From Emmanuelle Béart in the first film to Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa in ‘Rogue Nation’, ‘Mission: Impossible’ has always been a source of strong women. Of course not all of them have been on Ethan Hunt’s side – but they’ve always been the kind of women who can kick ass and are comfortable breaking into maximum security facilities or attending high society parties. Even Michelle Monaghan, who played Ethan’s fiancée Julia in Part III and wasn’t even an agent, killed the bad guy and saved her boyfriend’s life after he had an explosive device inserted into his head. ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ is following on that tradition thanks to Ilsa, with Swedish actress Ferguson doing almost all her own stunts including abseiling down the side of Vienna Opera House.
You can imagine the conversation in a Hollywood office: “Hey Tom, fancy hanging one-handed from a massive cliff? Or how about going up and down the outside of the tallest building in the world?”
The star/producer, alongside director Chris McQuarrie, gave us an in-depth lowdown on the title, the new cast, the plot and a stunt that was even more difficult than the plane scene. Cruise: “Alec Baldwin is the head of the CIA. McQuarrie: “Alec Baldwin absorbs the IMF into the CIA, so Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg are now working for the CIA.
Tom Cruise told Yahoo Movies that a sequence in the upcoming ‘Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation’ is “undoubtedly the most dangerous stunt I’ve ever done.” The scene in question, which can be seen at the end of the brand new trailer above, sees his character Ethan Hunt strapped to the side of an Airbus A400M plane as it takes off… and Cruise was doing it for real. We spoke to the 52-year-old star, along with director Christopher McQuarrie, in depth about the mind-blowing stunt. Tom Cruise: I knew I wanted to have an airplane sequence. As a kid I remember flying on an airplane and thinking, “What would it be like out on the wing, or on the side of the airplane?” Christopher McQuarrie: We knew we needed a stunt.