Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Download Ex Machina
Before the DVD release on 8th June
Win Premiere Tickets
To see Mission: Impossible in Vienna.
Feature
The Best Stunts Of The Mission: Impossible Movies
We look at the craziest moments of the franchise so far...

submit to reddit

1 2 3 4
Back 2 of 4 Next

Mission: Impossible II (2000) - The Rock Climbing Sequence

Here we find the first signs of Cruise’s obsession with climbing the tallest object he can find in each film. Enjoying some downtime, Hunt clambers up Dead Horse Point in Utah, and suffers a few mishaps before making it to the top – all without a rope, the big loon. Sadly for our hero, even here he can’t avoid a call from work. Cruise wanted to do as much as he can, but les you were worried he did use cables that were removed digitally later on (lest the insurance company and director John Woo suffer heart attacks). “Tom did all of the climbing except the slip off the overhang - his main stunt double, Keith Campbell, did that,” says stunt camera team member Earl Wiggins. “Tom was on the cliff parts of five days for the filming and never complained, which is rare for a big star.”

Which Mission: Impossible stunt is your favourite?

1 2 3 4
Back
2 of 4
Next

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

Your Comments

1 MI:2
I loved MI:2 the most of the films released, as I was raised on John Woo films. Despite some really hammy dialogue, the Spanish scenes at the beginning are gorgeous, and the film really sets the characters into place before the first bullet flies. The climb is a great stunt, but for sheer cinematic orgasm, the bike chase at the end takes the cake and eats it whole. From the mental slow-mo bridge jump to the stoppie spin and shoot (a stunt that it is possible to match on GTA 5 btw). For the sheer spectacle on the big screen that sequence is my fave of all action movies. More

Posted by danielthompson99 on Tuesday November 19, 2013, 10:46

2 M:I 2 Picks Up Later
its a bit of snooze after the car chase but really wakes up with the bike chase at the end. More

Posted by spark1 on Saturday November 16, 2013, 13:07

3
Still can't believe Cruise did those stunts on the Burj Khalifa. I went up it last year, and let me tell you, there's not a thing on God's green Earth that could make me go on the outside of that thing. More

Posted by Whistler on Friday November 15, 2013, 14:12

4 RE: The Best Stunts Of The Mission: Impossible Movies
My favourite of the films is by far DePalma's original and I'd have to say that had you put the infiltration of the C.I.A. headquarters in the list it would have sealed my vote. But for sheer scale I've had to go with the Burj Khalifa set piece. It's immense. A nod also to the 3rd film's night-time skyscraper 'slide'. More

Posted by QuietLife on Friday November 15, 2013, 14:04

5 Stunt vs Film
I definitely have to give the best stunt to the Burj Khalifa climb, as that was sweat-inducing edge of your seat stuff and the fact that he did it himself on the actual building is insane! But my favourite film of the franchise definitely has to be MI:3 - I love JJ Abrams as a director, and the third film is so well paced, and SO tense all the way through because he's trying to save someone he loves. Just awesome! More

Posted by MikeTheActorMan on Friday November 15, 2013, 12:01


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Please Explain! With Arnold Schwarzenegger...
Plus Emilia Clarke on pranks, smiles and 'The Robot'

Terminator Genisys: Empire's Verdict
It wants your clothes and your (re)boots

100 Greatest Movie Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains exclusively revealed!

Bonfire Of The Vanities: When Personal Projects Go Wrong
15 hubristic horrors that went straight to movie jail

Podcast 167: Emily Mortimer, Robert Sheehan, Corin Hardy
It's the live Edinburgh special round 2!

Hollywood Jackanory: Stars Reading Things Out Of Context
From Ian McKellen vs. One Direction to Hugh Jackman vs. baking innuendos

Before And After: How 10 Books Changed On Their Way To Becoming Movies
...And how their authors reacted

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe now and save up to 67%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)