Only one hundred twenty missions include the famous warning that the tape will "self-destruct". Five say that the tape will "decompose", one says that it will "destroy itself", twelve instruct Daniel Briggs (Steven Hill) or Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) to "dispose of" the recording, seven tell them to "destroy" it, and three contain no instructions, but Jim destroys the recordings anyway.
Voice on Tape:
As always, should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Good luck, Jim. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.
In many episodes, Jim closes the snap binding on the IMF folder, but when the camera zooms to it for the title sequence the snap is shown open.
Only two things stayed unchanged in the opening: the striking of the match and the actual display of the title. The rest of the opening title showed clips which varied from episode to episode.
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