History Trivia / MissionImpossible

17th May '16 2:22:07 AM glickmam
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* DisownedAdaptation: Fans and cast members of the original TV series strongly disliked the first film because it made [[spoiler:Jim Phelps]] the villain. [[spoiler:''Creator/PeterGraves'' was offered the part of Phelps in the movie, but turned it down in disgust.]]

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* DisownedAdaptation: Fans and cast members of the original TV series strongly disliked the first film because it made [[spoiler:Jim Phelps]] the villain. [[spoiler:''Creator/PeterGraves'' [[spoiler:Creator/PeterGraves was offered the part of Phelps in the movie, but turned it down in disgust.disgust. In addition, Martin Landau (Rollin Hand) and Greg Morris (Barney Collier) were also quite critical about the film making Phelps the villain, with Morris actually storming out of the movie theater in anger before the film actually ended.]]
26th Apr '16 3:42:09 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatVoice: Ethan's [[Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa voice actor]] in Japanese is [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Kyosuke]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Nanbu]].
26th Apr '16 3:41:54 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy: ''Mission: Impossible'' had pretty much every working character actor of the era as a guest star at some point, not to mention the working cast itself. Plus, the IM Force includes among its ranks [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Hikaru Sulu, Spock]], [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment Lucille Bluth]] (or [[{{Archer}} Mallory Archer]], for a bit of ActorAllusion), and [[PoliceAcademy Eric Lassard]].
** In one episode, the team has to save young King [[TheBradyBunch Greg]]; in another, [[TheBradyBunch his dad Mike]] is an evil D.A.!
** [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries James T. Kirk]] plays a villain in two episodes (both ''after'' Spock left the show, unfortunately).
** [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Khan Noonien Singh]] also played a villain in one episode, before Spock joined the show.
** In one episode, [[Series/HappyDays Mrs. C]] is [[spoiler: a housekeeper who turns out to be a spy.]]. Her husband turns up in another episode [[spoiler: as a Government agent undercover in the Mob - sorry, the ''Syndicate'']].
** In "The Rebel," the IMF team works with an idealistic young priest, better known to us as TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld.
** In "Homecoming," someone's strangling beautiful young women in Jim's hometown. And that someone is [[spoiler: [[Series/{{MASH}} Hot Lips]]!]]
** The agent that aids the IMF crew in the pilot of the TV series up until his hands are injured, forcing him to stay on the sidelines for the rest of the mission? Wally Cox, aka WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}.
** [[Series/{{Bewitched}} Larry Tate]] is an enemy agent in "Two Thousand."
** [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Q]] kills Jim Phelps' replacement in the first episode of the revival.
** Fans of Australian TV and film can also play this game when viewing the 1980s revival, which primarily made use of Australian guest actors.
** [[Film/TheMatrix Morpheus]], [[{{Felicity}} Felicity Porter]], [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Shaun]], and [[Series/BreakingBad Jesse Pinkman]] as supporting characters in the third film.
** The fourth has [[Series/{{Lost}} Sawyer]], [[Film/BatmanBegins Carmine Falcone]], [[TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo Mikael "Kalle" Blomkvist]], [[TheHurtLocker Sergeant James]] (but you may know him with his other codename, [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Hawkeye]]), and [[Film/SlumdogMillionaire Prem]] (or alternatively [[Series/TwentyFour President Hassan]]). And [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Shaun]] is back.
* HeyItsThatVoice: The Telephone guy is [[ActorAllusion the Chatter Telephone]] from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' and the "Hold Still" Message ("Match: Mr. Incredible.") and the newsreel presenter from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
21st Feb '16 8:55:27 PM nombretomado
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** The fourth has [[Series/{{Lost}} Sawyer]], [[Film/BatmanBegins Carmine Falcone]], [[TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo Mikael "Kalle" Blomkvist]], [[TheHurtLocker Sergeant James]] (but you may know him with his other codename, [[Film/TheAvengers Hawkeye]]), and [[Film/SlumdogMillionaire Prem]] (or alternatively [[Series/TwentyFour President Hassan]]). And [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Shaun]] is back.

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** The fourth has [[Series/{{Lost}} Sawyer]], [[Film/BatmanBegins Carmine Falcone]], [[TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo Mikael "Kalle" Blomkvist]], [[TheHurtLocker Sergeant James]] (but you may know him with his other codename, [[Film/TheAvengers [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Hawkeye]]), and [[Film/SlumdogMillionaire Prem]] (or alternatively [[Series/TwentyFour President Hassan]]). And [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Shaun]] is back.
2nd Jan '16 7:48:20 AM Berrenta
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* HilariousInHindsight: In "Encore," William Shatner plays a 60-year-old gangster who's de-aged by the IMF for several hours. The show's idea of an old William Shatner is a bit at odds with how he really turned out...

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* HilariousInHindsight: In "Encore," William Shatner plays a 60-year-old gangster who's de-aged by TheMerch: Record albums of the IMF for several hours. The show's series[[note]]although ''actual music'' from the show, as opposed to re-recorded versions, would not be released until 1992[[/note]], as well as a few 'Young Reader' type books. Published by Whitman, ''The Money Explosion'' was particularly good. Near the end of the run, Creator/{{Paramount}} was considering the idea of an old William Shatner is ''MI'' branded tape recorders, but nothing came of the idea. There was a bit at odds with how he really turned out...game for the NES released in time for the revival.
** Also published was a series of original novels, and a ComicBookAdaptation by Dell Comics.
11th Dec '15 8:23:07 PM Bissek
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** [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Khan Noonien Singh]] also played a villain in one episode, before Spock joined the show.
9th Dec '15 2:53:22 PM MisterCPC
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to Martin Landau, in an earlier treatment for the first film the original plan was to bring back the entire original cast of the TV series '''[[BackForTheDead just to kill them all off in the first act]]'''. Considering how may fans reacted negatively to the change regarding [[spoiler: Phelps]] in the first movie, one can only imagine how they would have responded had this plot happened.


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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to Martin Landau, in an earlier treatment for the first film the original plan was to bring back the entire original cast of the TV series '''[[BackForTheDead just to kill them all off in the first act]]'''.act]]''', which was changed instead to wipe out the current team when the original cast members refused to come back. Considering how may fans reacted negatively to the change regarding [[spoiler: Phelps]] in the first movie, one can only imagine how they would have responded had this plot happened.

1st Dec '15 9:29:29 AM Akaihiryuu
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* DisownedAdaptation: Fans and cast members of the original TV series strongly disliked the first film because it made [[spoiler:Jim Phelps]] the villain. [[spoiler:PeterGraves was offered the part of Phelps in the movie, but turned it down in disgust.]]

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* DisownedAdaptation: Fans and cast members of the original TV series strongly disliked the first film because it made [[spoiler:Jim Phelps]] the villain. [[spoiler:PeterGraves [[spoiler:''Creator/PeterGraves'' was offered the part of Phelps in the movie, but turned it down in disgust.]]
1st Dec '15 9:28:49 AM Akaihiryuu
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* DisownedAdaptation: Fans and cast members of the original TV series strongly disliked the first film because it made [[spoiler:Jim Phelps]] the villain.

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* DisownedAdaptation: Fans and cast members of the original TV series strongly disliked the first film because it made [[spoiler:Jim Phelps]] the villain. [[spoiler:PeterGraves was offered the part of Phelps in the movie, but turned it down in disgust.]]
6th Nov '15 8:33:23 PM TrustBen
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* YouLookFamiliar: Guest stars and actors were [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060009/fullcredits#cast recycled constantly]].
** Sid Haig, for example, was in the show no fewer than nine times, ranging from "Driver #1" to TheDragon to the BigBad.
** Lee Meriwether guest starred as a kidnap victim in a Season 3 episode, then was one of the ''femme fatale'' team members in Season 4.
** Since ''M:I'' shared the Desilu/Creator/{{Paramount}} soundstages and some production personel with ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'', it should come as no surprise that Creator/WilliamShatner guest starred twice as a BigBad ("Encore" and "Cocaine" - sadly for ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fans, both came after Creator/LeonardNimoy's tenure as an IMF agent... although the latter episode did reunite him with Barbara Anderson, alias Lenore Karidian from "The Conscience Of The King") and Creator/GeorgeTakei as an IMF member ("The Carriers"). Creator/LeonardNimoy became an SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute of Martin Landau's character -- four years after Landau had turned down the role of Mr Spock for ''[[Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}} Star Trek]]'''s first pilot "The Cage" in 1965. Herb Solow was production manager for both shows. Ricardo Montalban (Khan Noonien Singh) played a season one BigBad, who was one of the only villains to be directly killed by the IMF team.
*** Going in the other direction, Robert Johnson, the mysterious voice on the MI tapes, provided uncredited voice work on at least two ''Star Trek'' episodes -the unaired pilot "The Cage" and the episode "The Gamesters of Triskelion". On the latter episode he provided the voice of "Provider #3", a disembodied brain in a container which engaged in an often quoted/parodied discussion about betting on the survival of Kirk & Company at hand to hand combat ("I'll bet 2,000 quatloos on the newcomers!") Johnson also voiced a few aliens on ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963''.
*** In at least one case, some alien artwork featured in an episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' was actually the discarded protective styrofoam piece that housed an ''M:I'' prop tape recorder spraypainted orange and green.
*** One of ''Star Trek's'' infamous gag reels makes use of the ''Mission: Impossible'' theme music.
** In Universe Example: Rollin Hand shows up in in a few photos with different names.
** Barbara Luna is one of the few people to appear in the original (twice, as the title character in "Elena" and as an IMF agent in "Time Bomb") ''and'' the revival ("The Fortune," as a dictator's evil wife [[spoiler: and killer of Casey Randall]]).



* YouLookFamiliar: Guest stars and actors were [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060009/fullcredits#cast recycled constantly]].
** Sid Haig, for example, was in the show no fewer than nine times, ranging from "Driver #1" to TheDragon to the BigBad.
** Lee Meriwether guest starred as a kidnap victim in a Season 3 episode, then was one of the ''femme fatale'' team members in Season 4.
** Since ''M:I'' shared the Desilu/Creator/{{Paramount}} soundstages and some production personel with ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'', it should come as no surprise that Creator/WilliamShatner guest starred twice as a BigBad ("Encore" and "Cocaine" - sadly for ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fans, both came after Creator/LeonardNimoy's tenure as an IMF agent... although the latter episode did reunite him with Barbara Anderson, alias Lenore Karidian from "The Conscience Of The King") and Creator/GeorgeTakei as an IMF member ("The Carriers"). Creator/LeonardNimoy became an SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute of Martin Landau's character -- four years after Landau had turned down the role of Mr Spock for ''[[Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}} Star Trek]]'''s first pilot "The Cage" in 1965. Herb Solow was production manager for both shows. Ricardo Montalban (Khan Noonien Singh) played a season one BigBad, who was one of the only villains to be directly killed by the IMF team.
*** Going in the other direction, Robert Johnson, the mysterious voice on the MI tapes, provided uncredited voice work on at least two ''Star Trek'' episodes -the unaired pilot "The Cage" and the episode "The Gamesters of Triskelion". On the latter episode he provided the voice of "Provider #3", a disembodied brain in a container which engaged in an often quoted/parodied discussion about betting on the survival of Kirk & Company at hand to hand combat ("I'll bet 2,000 quatloos on the newcomers!") Johnson also voiced a few aliens on ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963''.
*** In at least one case, some alien artwork featured in an episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' was actually the discarded protective styrofoam piece that housed an ''M:I'' prop tape recorder spraypainted orange and green.
*** One of ''Star Trek's'' infamous gag reels makes use of the ''Mission: Impossible'' theme music.
** In Universe Example: Rollin Hand shows up in in a few photos with different names.
** Barbara Luna is one of the few people to appear in the original (twice, as the title character in "Elena" and as an IMF agent in "Time Bomb") ''and'' the revival ("The Fortune," as a dictator's evil wife [[spoiler: and killer of Casey Randall]]).


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* YouLookFamiliar: Guest stars and actors were [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060009/fullcredits#cast recycled constantly]].
** Sid Haig, for example, was in the show no fewer than nine times, ranging from "Driver #1" to TheDragon to the BigBad.
** Lee Meriwether guest starred as a kidnap victim in a Season 3 episode, then was one of the ''femme fatale'' team members in Season 4.
** Since ''M:I'' shared the Desilu/Creator/{{Paramount}} soundstages and some production personel with ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'', it should come as no surprise that Creator/WilliamShatner guest starred twice as a BigBad ("Encore" and "Cocaine" - sadly for ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fans, both came after Creator/LeonardNimoy's tenure as an IMF agent... although the latter episode did reunite him with Barbara Anderson, alias Lenore Karidian from "The Conscience Of The King") and Creator/GeorgeTakei as an IMF member ("The Carriers"). Creator/LeonardNimoy became an SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute of Martin Landau's character -- four years after Landau had turned down the role of Mr Spock for ''[[Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}} Star Trek]]'''s first pilot "The Cage" in 1965. Herb Solow was production manager for both shows. Ricardo Montalban (Khan Noonien Singh) played a season one BigBad, who was one of the only villains to be directly killed by the IMF team.
*** Going in the other direction, Robert Johnson, the mysterious voice on the MI tapes, provided uncredited voice work on at least two ''Star Trek'' episodes -the unaired pilot "The Cage" and the episode "The Gamesters of Triskelion". On the latter episode he provided the voice of "Provider #3", a disembodied brain in a container which engaged in an often quoted/parodied discussion about betting on the survival of Kirk & Company at hand to hand combat ("I'll bet 2,000 quatloos on the newcomers!") Johnson also voiced a few aliens on ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963''.
*** In at least one case, some alien artwork featured in an episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' was actually the discarded protective styrofoam piece that housed an ''M:I'' prop tape recorder spraypainted orange and green.
*** One of ''Star Trek's'' infamous gag reels makes use of the ''Mission: Impossible'' theme music.
** In Universe Example: Rollin Hand shows up in in a few photos with different names.
** Barbara Luna is one of the few people to appear in the original (twice, as the title character in "Elena" and as an IMF agent in "Time Bomb") ''and'' the revival ("The Fortune," as a dictator's evil wife [[spoiler: and killer of Casey Randall]]).


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