The Vault Wire Heist
Not just an iconic scene for the “Mission Impossible” series, but the spy move genre as a whole. A quiet stunt scene sounds like an oxymoron, but when you are breaking into a vault -silence in necessary. Tom Cruise hung from a wire cable, upside down and had to master the art of balancing while hanging there. However it didn’t come easily, he apparently hit his head several times while attempting the stunt on set.
High Speed Train Ride
The final scene in “Mission Impossible” (1996) is a masterpiece of live action stunt work and CGI, which was not common at the time. Nowadays it is easy to see right through most old CGI, but no one can fake jumping in front of a 225 kph wind machine, which is exactly what Tom Cruise did to make the scene feel 100 per cent real.
Over 800 metres above a river on the side of a cliff face is a tame way to start off “Mission Impossible II” if you are Tom Cruise. The actor, who is known for performing his own impressive stunt work, started the movie solo climbing a large cliff with no rope - but there was a little movie magic involved. The star was roped in, later removed by CGI, and did have a stunt man companion climbing with him. The risk of misplacing body weight and slipping into the rock made this stunt extremely tricky.
Motorcycle Chase Fight Scene
A high speed chase scene on motorcycles sounds like the perfect fit for “Mission Impossible: II”(2000). This was an epic scene, with several daring maneuvers pulled off by Tom Cruise, including a motorcycle joust which ended with a jump off of a moving motorcycle while fighting his opponent in mid-air.
This scene in “Mission Impossible: 3” faces a series of explosions, including one where Tom Cruise is blasted off of his feet into the side of the car. The scene left audiences feeling as sore as we are sure the daring actor was.
This scene from “Mission Impossible: III” did not actually involve Tom Cruise jumping from building to building in real life. It did however have the actor jumping and falling large distances and in traditional Tom Cruise fashion it was his idea.
Scaling The Burj Khalifa
Climb the world’s tallest building with suction cups? Why not? Tom Cruise's thoughts exactly when it came to his Burj Khalifa stunt. Cruise did this terrifying stunt in one of the most memorable scenes in “Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol” (2011), all by himself. The actor trained for months to perform the stunt and was able to pull it off despite the unanticipated wind speeds that gave the crew a scare.
Dangling From An Airplane
For some people the moment a plane takes off is scary - leaving the ground and being at the mercy of the pilot, but they are inside the plane. Tom Cruise clearly has no fear, deciding that he would hold onto the outside of a plane as it took off in "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" (2015). There are so many things that make this act incredibly risky, including small rocks -one of which hit his rib and broke it. Luckily it didn’t hit him in the face!
In tradition of the “Mission Impossible” franchise, in the upcoming installment, “Mission Impossible Fallout” (2018), Tom Cruise has dedicated his time to becoming a stunt pilot. The actor has quickly picked up the skill of flying helicopters and is now capable of life staking stunts flying without aid.
A High Altitude Low Open jump is the exact type of skydiving that special ops use to go undetected behind enemy lines. It entails jumping out of a plane at 7,620-metres and opening your parachute at 60-metres, a very small window when you are falling at 321 km/h. The actor is the only actor to ever perform this task for the upcoming "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol".