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The Original Mission Impossible IMO, one season of this series was worth more than all of Tom Cruise's later films put together. Each episode of 'Mission: Impossible', which ran from 1966-1973, featured a unique opening. Clips from the upcoming show were edited together in the fast-paced style of Lalo Schrifrin's brilliant theme song and played before the opening credits. The episodes featured here are from the second and third seasons. You'll find some interesting MI trivia in the Comments Section...
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Added: 31st January 2008
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Posted By: Naomi
Posted by: Naomi on 2008-01-31 
- According to Robert H. Justman in his book Star Trek: The Real Story, this show's famous theme was not the first one written. Lalo Schifrin had written a main theme, but creator and executive producer Bruce Geller decided that it was inappropriate. Instead, Geller used some chase music Schifrin had written for the end of the first episode. That throwaway musical cue became one of the most famous and recognizable television show themes in history.

- When the reel-to-reel tape recorder is playing the mission's instructions, it is actually in a rewind mode rather than a play mode. This was done because the tape moved too slowly to be believed when it was playing.

- Greg Morris and Peter Lupus were the only original cast members to remain on the show throughout the entire run.

- This series gave Peter Lupus, who played Willy, the chance to work under his own name. Most of his previous acting career was in Europe where he played the lead role in sword and sandal/mythological muscleman movies under the name Rock Stevens. This also gave him a chance to act in a role that didn't rely mainly on his physique.

- During the first season, Martin Landau's face was not shown during the main title sequence. In fact, during that season he was credited as making a special appearance. It wasn't until season two that he was acknowledged as being a full cast member.

- The faceless figure shown striking a match in the opening credits is 'Bruce Geller' himself. It wasn't until the 1988 revival of the series that an established character (Jim Phelps) was shown lighting it.

- Steven Hill left the cast after one season because, as an Orthodox Jew, he was unwilling to abide by the show's production schedule that would have required him to work on the Jewish Sabbath.

- Nearly every non-lead actor or actress that worked on Star Trek also appears in Mission:Impossible. This is probably due to both shows filming at the Desilu Studios. Lead Star Trek performers, also guest appearing, include George Tekai, William Shatner, and eventual series regular Leonard Nimoy.

Posted by: eric1957 on 2008-02-01 
Martin Landau auditioned for the role of Spock on Star Trek which went to Leonard Nimoy. Leonard Nimoy replaced Martin Landau on Mission:Impossible. How weird was that.
Posted by: Wikiriwhi on 2009-02-21 
If Capt Kirk was the coolest white man in the universe, Barbera Bain was the coolest white woman.
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