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The Mission Impossible series is more than just a spectacle of breathtaking action sequences and Ethan Hunt’s tireless pursuits. It begs the question: why do they take on the impossible? Why do they repeatedly risk their lives?
The essence of this monumental saga lies in its relentless quest to thwart malevolent plans across the globe before they can take shape. It showcases the solitary battles of the IMF against nefarious masterminds, emerging victorious against evil time and again.
This cinematic journey is more than just a thrilling ride; it’s a mesmerizing tour through awe-inspiring locations. Each locale serves as a vibrant backdrop, igniting the spirit of adventure within us and attracting tourists from all corners of the world.
Brace yourself as Wego has meticulously curated the filming locations, aligning them with each film’s storyline, presenting an unparalleled itinerary you simply can’t afford to overlook for your holiday!
Disclaimer: If you haven’t watched the ‘Mission: Impossible’ series yet or are currently in the midst of it, this article contains spoilers. Proceed reading at your own discretion.
Mission: Impossible (1996)
It’s quite a nostalgic experience to watch the latest movies and then revisit this masterpiece, noticing how much the series has evolved with technological advancements. Taking a trip down memory lane, and witnessing young Ethan tackling the impossible tasks is truly captivating.
The film primarily takes place in Prague, with the Liechtenstein Palace on the picturesque man-made Kampa Island serving as a stand-in for the United States embassy. Adjacent to this location is the famous Charles Bridge, the exact spot where Jim Phelps makes a dramatic dive into the Vltava River.
The scene where Agent Hunt uses a public phone was filmed at the bustling Liverpool Street train station. Additionally, the thrilling climax, featuring Ethan in a dangerous battle atop a speeding train, was shot within the Channel Tunnel, a remarkable feat of engineering that connects the United Kingdom and France beneath the sea.
Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
Following the success of the first film, anticipation soared for the second instalment. The adrenaline-pumping introduction scene of Ethan Hunt scaling Dead Horse Point in Utah, USA, became an instant thrill for audiences.
Sydney, one of Australia’s largest cities, served as a prominent backdrop for numerous scenes in this sequel. The movie kicks off at Sydney’s Governor Phillip Tower, where Dr. Vladimir transmits a crucial message to the IMF from a laboratory at Biocyte Pharmaceuticals.
The narrative unfolds as Nyah Nordoff, portrayed by Thandie Newton, reconnects with her ex-boyfriend. Notably, the iconic Sydney Opera House marks the beginning of the movie, while the park behind this architectural marvel features prominently in the film’s climactic sequences.
Mission: Impossible 3 (2006)
After rooting for the romance between Nyah and Ethan in Mission: Impossible 2, we find the sequel opening with Ethan engaged to another woman. Classic Ethan! Yet, this segment was a masterclass in film initiation, creating suspense and tension from the first frame as Ethan and his fiancée face a hostage situation. By the time the title track begins in the third minute, we were on the edge of our seats.
This opening sequence truly immersed us in the film, holding our attention from beginning to end. While engrossed in the storyline, you might have missed some of the stunning filming locations, but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!
When Benji learns that arms dealer Owen Davian is headed to Vatican City, Ethan and his team rush to the location. Surprisingly, the Vatican scenes were shot at the Royal Palace of Caserta near Naples, Italy. The thrilling escape on a speedboat after detonating an orange Lamborghini takes place on the River Tiber, beyond Ponte Sant’Angelo.
Later in the film, Ethan is forced to obtain the Rabbit’s Foot and heads to Shanghai. The actual filming took place predominantly in Shanghai, especially during the nighttime scenes.
Unlike Ethan’s time crunch, if you have more than 48 hours to spare and aren’t under the pressure of rescuing a loved one, take the opportunity to immerse yourself in this breathtaking city, which beautifully blends traditional Chinese cultural richness with modern allure.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
The film’s key moment, widely anticipated and heavily promoted, centred around that iconic scene — the one that captivated audiences, filling theatres to witness Tom Cruise’s remarkable stunt firsthand. Let’s delve into that scene.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Enter the Burj Khalifa, the pinnacle of skyscrapers! This architectural wonder set the stage for the film’s most awe-inspiring moments, where Ethan Hunt scales the tower’s glass walls using a barely functional adhesive glove.
The tension in this scene escalates with each pulse-pounding minute, showcasing choreography and cinematography that ignited a desire in everyone to experience the height, the thrill, and the vulnerability that Ethan felt atop the tower.
Prague, Czech Republic
This segment of the movie shot in Prague is not unfamiliar to Ethan; it’s a haunting place where he tragically lost all his IMF teammates in the series’ first instalment. Ghost Protocol’s opening sequences, where Ethan finds himself imprisoned and orchestrates an escape alongside his newfound friend Bogdan, were filmed at a prison in Prague.
The subsequent scenes at the Kremlin are predominantly shot on location, with some parts captured at the Second Courtyard of Prague Castle. The narrow streets, stylishly modern buildings, and impressive architecture showcased in those scenes all hail from Prague.
Ethan’s discovery that Brij Nath (portrayed by Anil Kapoor) owns the cable TV company linked to the satellite targeted for hacking by Hendricks prompts an immediate journey to India. What unfolds next is the allure of Mumbai’s lively streets. Filmed predominantly at night, the picturesque Gateway of India and Marine Drive, illuminated by streetlights, add a mesmerizing aesthetic to the sequences.
These scenes not only showcase India as a backdrop but also seamlessly infuse elements of Indian culture, incorporating dance, music, and the city’s vibrant soul into the fabric of the film.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)
Echoing the previous instalment where Cruise ascended the tallest building, this film features him gripping onto an aircraft during takeoff. Beyond Cruise’s daring stunts, this film distinguishes itself through its extensive use of diverse filming locations.
In Vienna, a thrilling sequence unfolds in an opera house. Here, Ethan and Benji, along with Ilsa Faust, assemble a weapon using parts of a musical organ. Ethan races against time to save the Austrian Chancellor’s life and follows a lead connected to the death of an IMF station operative in London.
While some opera scenes were filmed on a London studio stage, the external scenes were captured on location in Vienna.
Within the bustling city of Casablanca, Ethan, Benji, and Faust join forces in a mission to extract crucial data from an underwater vault beneath a power plant.
As viewers anxiously watch Ethan’s intense mission and the gripping BMW bike chase, the beauty of Casablanca unfolds – a city that blends vibrant cultures, a touch of French influence, vibrant beaches, and is a must-visit destination.
London, United Kingdom
Ilsa’s meeting with Atlee, the founder of the Syndicate, takes place on the banks of the River Thames near the Houses of Parliament, filmed at Brompton Cemetery. This 18th-century cemetery, adorned with over 35,000 monuments, is an iconic London landmark worth exploring.
Additional scenes, including the aeroplane takeoff with Hunt clinging onto its door, were shot in Belarus, with other sequences filmed in Cuba, France, and America.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
In the sixth instalment, Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill, two formidable actors known for their incredible action capabilities, collided on-screen, crafting a masterpiece. Both die-hard fans and newcomers to the series alike proclaim Fallout as one of the greatest action films ever made.
Creating exceptional action sequences requires extraordinary set pieces, and for those, you need breathtaking locations. The Mission Impossible series has consistently excelled in selecting stunning locations, and Fallout is no exception.
The film opens with a picturesque backdrop of serene mountains and tranquil waters as Ethan ties the knot with Julia. This enchanting setting is beautifully captured at Milford Sound in New Zealand. Don’t miss the boat tours if you ever find yourself in this stunning locale.
Additionally, the film showcased New Zealand’s raw beauty, masquerading as India’s Kashmir in the climax. The helicopters’ showdown unfolds over Lake Quill in Fiordland National Park, cascading from a staggering 2,000-foot height into Sutherland Falls.
United Arab Emirates
The iconic skydiving sequence, where the cinematic frame seamlessly transitions from cinemascope to IMAX ratio, was filmed near Abu Dhabi in the UAE. Known for its skydiving experiences, the UAE offers a chance to leap from planes high above ground and witness the Burj Khalifa from an entirely new perspective.
While Paris is renowned for its romantic charm, Fallout showcases its action-packed side. Much of this instalment was filmed in France, particularly in Paris. Hunt and Walker’s thrilling leap from the plane lands them at Le Grand Palais near the Champs-Élysées, the monumental exhibition hall serving as the backdrop for the White Widow’s party.
Scenes also offer glimpses of the Eiffel Tower, notably when Walker meets CIA Director Sloane.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (2023)
When AI threatens to unleash global chaos, the stakes couldn’t be higher. But is any mission truly impossible for Ethan Hunt? Let’s explore the locations featured in the first part of the Dead Reckoning series.
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Scenes set in the Arabian desert with horseback gunfights were filmed in Abu Dhabi’s Liwa Desert. The gripping airport scene unfolds at the Midfield Terminal Building within Abu Dhabi International Airport. During filming in 2021, the cast and crew had exclusive access to the new terminal and its unfinished roof – a stroke of luck amidst construction.
In a heart-pounding car chase, Ethan Hunt, handcuffed to Grace (portrayed by Hayley Atwell), zips around Rome streets in a yellow Fiat 500. The duo locates the car parked in front of the Church of St. Catherine on Via dei Funari, a must-visit site showcasing exquisite Gothic architecture. The chase doubles as a Rome city tour, venturing into areas rarely navigated by vehicles, showcasing the city’s beauty in a single scene.
Transitioning from Rome’s hustle and bustle to tranquillity, the climax unfolds against the stunning backdrop of Norway’s Rauma Railway line in northwestern Norway, a route celebrated as one of the world’s most scenic train journeys.
Amidst action-packed sequences, Ethan, directed by Benji, leaps onto a train, surrounded by the breathtaking Alps. The allure of this locale transcends the intense action, making it an absolute must-visit for its unparalleled beauty.
Hopefully, this article has stirred up a wave of nostalgia, recounting events from the first film and igniting a strong desire to visit the locations listed above. Witnessing Ethan Hunt effortlessly glide through airport security and jet off to various countries with the help of his tech-savvy partner Luther is undeniably envy-inducing. Yet, attempting the same could land you in trouble as an illegal immigrant, a fate Ethan manages to sidestep even in the most impossible situations.
Therefore, unlike Ethan, taking the legal route is a wise choice! Ensure your passports are in order, and delve into Wego’s visa articles for your chosen country from the list.
So, what’s holding you back? Assemble your squad of Luther, Benji, and Lisa for an adventure to your dream destination on your next vacation!