Dum! Dum! Dah! Dah! Dum! Dum! Duh! Duh! Dum! Dum!
Go on. If you try hard enough you can get the opening phrase of Lalo Schifrin’s iconic theme from that line. I was little more than a pup when I first heard it. I was just nine years old when it started on the TV in 1966 and I was enthralled by the gadgets, the twists of the plot, and the very concept of a secretive agency working behind the scenes. It was, in essence, a series of heist films presented as a weekly telly programme.
However, the objects of the heists was different each week; a list of code names, the formula for a deadly virus or the antidote, the plans for a new weapon, all manner of things. The resolution of the heists invariably involved using exceptionally clever masks, teeny tiny cameras and microphones, expertly forged papers, and all manner of clever devices normally only seen in a James Bond film.
Yes, it was fascinating, yes, it was entertaining, and, yes, it is still going strong! On a much bigger screen now than when I was a youngster but that’s to make room for the increasingly more spectacular and more nail biting stunts! The latest in the long list of film outings has gone the way of many before it and split the story into two parts. The first part is out this summer and the second is scheduled for next year. So lets’s take a look at what’s gone before.
1966 – 1973 Mission: Impossible
1988 – 1990 Mission: Impossible
1967 – Mission: Impossible vs The Mob
1996 – Mission: Impossible
2000 – Mission: Impossible II
2006 – Mission: Impossible III
2024 – Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two
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Former teacher, lecturer, homelessness administrator, pharmacy dispenser now happily retired, happily married, and a very happy granddad. I live next to the Mersey but on the side Daniel Craig and Taron Egerton come from rather than the side the Beatles came from!