History Trivia / MissionImpossible

14th Oct '17 6:14:42 PM bombadil211
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** The original concept was for the show to have a constantly rotating cast of specialists to be mixed and matched according to a particular episode's mission with Dan Briggs as the leader holding it all together. This was dropped in favor of having a core cast and the occasional guest team member and the only thing that remained of the original idea was having the main cast credits take the form of Briggs[=/=]Phelps flipping through a stack of dossiers and picking out the ones he needed.

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** The original concept was for the show to have a constantly rotating cast of specialists to be mixed and matched according to a particular the needs of each episode's mission with Dan Briggs as the leader holding it all together. This was dropped in favor of having a core cast and the occasional guest team member and the only thing that remained of the original idea was having the main cast credits take the form of Briggs[=/=]Phelps flipping through a stack of dossiers and picking out the ones he needed.
14th Oct '17 6:12:27 PM bombadil211
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Bruce Geller wanted ''Creator/HenryMancini'' to write the theme music (but because Mancini wouldn't get to keep the publishing rights, he said no).

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Bruce Geller wanted ''Creator/HenryMancini'' to write the theme music (but because Mancini wouldn't get to keep the publishing rights, he said no).no).
** The original concept was for the show to have a constantly rotating cast of specialists to be mixed and matched according to a particular episode's mission with Dan Briggs as the leader holding it all together. This was dropped in favor of having a core cast and the occasional guest team member and the only thing that remained of the original idea was having the main cast credits take the form of Briggs[=/=]Phelps flipping through a stack of dossiers and picking out the ones he needed.
27th Sep '17 10:45:27 AM ClintEastwood
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The series clearly dates itself by a combination of two factors: on the one hand, while the conflict with the Soviet Bloc could carry the stories into the 1980s, several episodes dealing with Nazis keep it from going later into the 1970s as concerns about Nazis plotting a fourth Reich faded from popular culture. Also, many episodes mention then-extravagant amounts of money that would be considered rather paltry in the 2010s thanks to fifty years of inflation.
4th Sep '17 9:56:09 AM Bissek
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** Martin Landau turned down the role of Mr Spock on Star Trek to play Rollin Hand. When he left the show, Leonard Nimoy, the man who got the Spock role instead, took his place in the cast.
27th Aug '17 8:33:51 PM jormis29
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* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: The film went into pre-production without a script that the filmmakers wanted to use. Creator/BrianDePalma designed the action sequences but neither David Koepp nor Robert Towne were satisfied with the story that would make these sequences take place. Towne ended up helping organize a beginning, middle and end to hang story details on while De Palma and Koepp worked on the plot. Towne rewrote scenes literally between takes during filming.

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* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: The film went into pre-production without a script that the filmmakers wanted to use. Creator/BrianDePalma designed the action sequences but neither David Koepp nor Robert Towne Creator/RobertTowne were satisfied with the story that would make these sequences take place. Towne ended up helping organize a beginning, middle and end to hang story details on while De Palma and Koepp worked on the plot. Towne rewrote scenes literally between takes during filming.
13th Jun '17 6:53:49 AM AmuckCricetine
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* ''Trivia/MissionImpossibleII''
12th Jun '17 3:13:25 PM AmuckCricetine
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* ActorAllusion: Ethan seems familiar with the [[Film/RiskyBusiness Drake Hotel in Chicago]].

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Ethan seems familiar with the [[Film/RiskyBusiness Drake Hotel in Chicago]].



* GenderFlip: Max was originally a man before Creator/VanessaRedgrave was cast.



* PromotedFanboy: Creator/TomCruise was an avid fan of the TV series.

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** Max was originally a man before Creator/VanessaRedgrave was cast.
12th Jun '17 3:12:36 PM AmuckCricetine
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* ActorAllusion: Ethan seems familiar with the [[RiskyBusiness Drake Hotel in Chicago]].

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* ActorAllusion: Ethan seems familiar with the [[RiskyBusiness [[Film/RiskyBusiness Drake Hotel in Chicago]].
29th Nov '16 7:52:58 PM MarkLungo
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** When Leonard Nimoy replaced Martin Landau as the disguise expert, he played his regular role of Paris and the BigBad in "The Choice," and Paris, a double of a deceased premier and said premier (in pictures), plus the "Robot" of the title. There were also several times when he played minor roles in disguise and the audience had no idea it was him.

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** When Leonard Nimoy Creator/LeonardNimoy replaced Martin Landau as the disguise expert, he played his regular role of Paris and the BigBad in "The Choice," and Paris, a double of a deceased premier and said premier (in pictures), plus the "Robot" of the title. There were also several times when he played minor roles in disguise and the audience had no idea it was him.



** In "Gunslinger", Jim Phelps remarks that he used to be pretty good with a sixshooter and does a few GunTwirling tricks to the admiration of his teammates. The filming makes it obvious that actor Peter Graves (who cut his acting teeth in westerns in the 1950s) is doing his own twirling.

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** In "Gunslinger", Jim Phelps remarks that he used to be pretty good with a sixshooter and does a few GunTwirling tricks to the admiration of his teammates. The filming makes it obvious that actor Peter Graves Creator/PeterGraves (who cut his acting teeth in westerns in the 1950s) is doing his own twirling.
29th Nov '16 7:49:00 PM LarryMullen
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* CaliforniaDoubling: And, in the case of the 80s revival, [[CaliforniaDoubling Australia Doubling]].
** Although the latter averted it in three episodes ("The Cattle King" and the two-parter "The Golden Serpent"), which were set wholly or partly in Australia.
** The episode "Action!" centers on an Eastern European film studio, which is actually Creator/DesiluStudios, where ''Mission: Impossible'' itself was filmed.
** In one season one episode it was literal - the team was trying to trick a Russian spy into believing that the compound they were holding him in outside Los Angeles was actually a KGB facility near Moscow.
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