Tom Cruise performed the sequence where Ethan Hunt climbs on the outside of a flying airplane (an Airbus A400M) without the use of visual effects or a stunt double. At times, he was suspended on the aircraft five thousand feet in the air.
Tom Cruise stated in an interview that it was his intention to do the stunt hanging onto the Airbus A400M in a way to outdo himself after the Burj Khalifa climb stunt in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011). However, his idea raised objections by the crew due to safety. Being a certified pilot himself, he wanted to get the feel of being out on the wing or on the side of the airplane. A major obstacle to filming would be bird strikes and wind resistance on the runway. To capture the action, a wind-resistant custom frame for the camera was built and mounted onto the left wing of the plane. The other major problem would be keeping Cruise's eyes open in the presence of fast wind and runway particles, so his eye specialist designed a special lens that can cover the entire eyeball. Eight takes of the stunt were filmed. Christopher McQuarrie was very concerned that the actor might panic suddenly, but was assured by Cruise to not stop filming until the stunt had been finished.
The Stunt Coordinator told Simon Pegg that Tom Cruise was going to do all the driving, because he didn't have a driver better than him.
Ethan receives his new mission on a vinyl long-playing record. This was one of the first ways of receiving new missions from the Mission: Impossible (1966) television show
The original release date was set for December 25, 2015. However, Paramount Pictures pulled forward the release date to July 31 to avoid competition with Spectre (2015) and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
Ethan Hunt's code name in the film is "Bravo Echo 1-1", just like in the first Mission: Impossible (1996) movie. The phone call was intentionally filmed mostly from Brandt's side, as opposed to the phone call in the first film, which was shot entirely from Ethan's perspective, thus giving the audience a full view from both sides of the IMF's emergency procedure.
The film directly jumps in from the previous film, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011), which ends with Ethan prepping his team to investigate the Syndicate, the mysterious, antagonistic, organization of this film.
First "Mission: Impossible" film in which every member of Ethan Hunt's IMF team is a veteran of at least one previous installment in the franchise.
Tom Cruise was struck in the body by a small pebble while filming one of the takes hanging from the plane. Cruise claimed that the impact hurt so badly, he was certain he had been badly injured, and was afraid to look, once the take was over. Fortunately, the pebble merely embedded in his clothing, and he was amazed by how small it was.
The Syndicate, the covert criminal organization which features in the film, were the regular antagonists in the original Mission: Impossible (1966) television series. They were also mentioned briefly in the final scene of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011).
A brief scene in which Ilsa pauses in the middle of an action sequence to remove her high-heeled shoes was singled out in reviews for its realism, especially in light of the just-released Jurassic World (2015), which was criticized as Bryce Dallas Howard spends much of her action movie literally running in heels from dinosaurs. There was even the idea to highlight the scene in promotional trailers and television spots, but Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie refused, saying that "it wasn't about twisting the knife."
When training for the underwater scene, Tom Cruise was able to hold his breath underwater for six minutes.
Paula Patton and Maggie Q were set to reprise their roles from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) and Mission: Impossible III (2006), respectively. Both actresses dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts.
The film was completed at 2:00 A.M. on July 18, 2015, less than two weeks before its release date.
The film's producers originally wanted Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) director Brad Bird to return to helm the follow up film. Bird declined the offer, in order to do Tomorrowland (2015). Christopher McQuarrie was then brought in by the film's producers at Tom Cruise's request.
Jessica Chastain was the first choice to play the female lead, but declined because she did not like the prospect of spending up to six months training for the role. This is the second time after Oblivion (2013) she turned down a role in a Tom Cruise movie. Rebecca Ferguson was unanimously the second choice, as the studio, Cruise, and Christopher McQuarrie liked her work on The White Queen (2013).
Jeremy Renner still has one more Mission: Impossible movie on his contract after this movie.
The IMAX theatrical release has a Mission: Impossible-style countdown instead of the normal IMAX countdown that features before every movie.
The subtitle of the film (Rogue Nation) caused a small conflict between Paramount Pictures and Disney, which announced its Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), at the same time. Both production companies came to an agreement: in exchange for use of the title, Disney wouldn't promote or release any promotional materials of its own film until Paramount's film was released.
In an interview with The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith, Tom Cruise has stated that the gray suit worn during the opening plane sequence is a direct homage to the plane sequence in North by Northwest (1959), where Roger Thornhill wears a similarly colored suit.
Tom Cruise is only five years younger in this film than Jon Voight was in the first Mission: Impossible (1996) film.
The main operatic theme in this film is called "Nessun Dorma", from the opera Turandot, by Giacomo Puccini, the same opera featured in the assassination scene. It also unofficially becomes Ilsa's theme in the film, appearing several times in scenes between her and Ethan, and is incorporated into the final musical cue on the soundtrack "Finale and Curtain Call" by Joe Kraemer (before evolving into the classical Mission: Impossible theme).
The film's plot was very difficult to develop. Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie admitted that the film didn't have a script when it went into production. They just had the major action sequences planned out when they started filming. For instance, the underwater heist sequence was outlined from beginning to end, but what Ethan was actually stealing was unknown while they were filming it. Some scenes of important exposition were written while they were being filmed. Drew Pearce was originally hired to pen the script, when the film was announced in August 2013, but was replaced by Will Staples in May of 2014. Staples was then let go when production began that August and Christopher McQuarrie took up writing duties while filming, with the previous scripts seemingly being largely ignored, or thrown out. Production had to be halted in February 2015, so that McQuarrie and Cruise could re-work the film's story and ending. It is unknown how much Pearce and Staples had written for the film, or how much of their content made it into the final film, but Pearce was acknowledged for the story, and McQuarrie is credited as the Screenwriter.
The album that Tom Cruise and Hermione Corfield discuss in the record shop is Thelonious Monk's 1957 album "Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane", on the Riverside label (which features Monk, Coltrane, and Shadow Wilson on drums).
Tom Cruise was attached to star as Napoleon Solo in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), but dropped out in order to do this film. Cruise's replacement Henry Cavill would later work with Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018).
First Mission: Impossible film not to feature the "jump and hang" scene made famous in Mission: Impossible (1996). Ethan Hunt would do this in Mission: Impossible II (2000) and Mission: Impossible III (2006), whilst Brandt performed this near the end of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011).
The terminal in the underwater safe that Ethan needs to access is 108. This number has cropped up in most Bad Robot productions, perhaps most famously in Lost (2004), where it was the sum of the infamous number sequence (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42).
All good guys in the movie drive BMW cars (except for the Morocco scene, where William Brandt and Luther Stickell are driving a Land Rover Defender). The bad guys drive either Audis, Mercedes, Range Rovers, or Cheverolet Suburbans. Except for the motorcycle chase scene, all motorcycles are BMW S1000RRs.
This is the fourth Tom Cruise movie written and/or directed by Christopher McQuarrie.The first three were Valkyrie (2008), Jack Reacher (2012), and Edge of Tomorrow (2014).
During the opening theme sequence where pieces of the mission to come are shown, you can see a very quick shot of the black folio with gold lettering (Impossible Mission Force) used in the original series, when the team was selected at the beginning of every episode.
The first film in the franchise, where Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the primary antagonist (Sean Harris) share no physical contact whatsoever.
The aircraft Ethan Hunt jumps on at the beginning of the movie is an Airbus A400M. Intended to replace the C-130 Hercules, only a dozen of these machines had been delivered at the time of filming, and a crash during a test flight in Spain, killing the entire crew, set the program back even further.
Argentinian composer Lalo Schifrin, who wrote the Mission: Impossible (1966) theme, also created the orchestral arrangements for the "Three Tenors" concerts that made "Nessun Dorma" (featured in this film) an international pop culture phenomenon.
The structure Ethan Hunt grabs hold of when the aircraft he jumps on takes off is a "deployable baffle". It is intended to give paratroops an instant to get clear of the massive aircraft when jumping before they're caught in the Jetstream. However, it does not have holes like the ones seen in the movie, so in reality, there would be nothing to hold on to.
The pictures of an Audi from the fatal car crash in Turkey is actually the car of the world champion Norwegian skier Petter Northug. A DUI left his Audi in bad shape, but both Northug and the other person in the car suffered minor injuries. Northug ran from the scene to his house nearby, where he was later arrested, and later convicted for DUI.
The writing credits in early promotional material read: "Written by Christopher McQuarrie", but McQuarrie received sole screenplay credit and shared story credit with Drew Pearce following an arbitration conducted by the Writers Guild of America.
Second "Mission: Impossible" film in a row to feature prominent BMW product placement, in particular the 2016 BMW 3-series.
The idea of synchronizing a gun shot with a particular moment in a music score during a live performance is taken out of Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956).
The first film release featuring footage from Arri's new 6.5K Alexa 65 camera, which was used to shoot the underwater sequence. Other films, such as The Revenant (2015), Snowden (2016), and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016), shot with the camera first, but were released later.
According to Greg Morris, who portrayed Barney in the original Mission: Impossible (1966) television series, mostly all of the gadgets actually worked in the original series, except the masks. Now most of the gadgets are purely fiction and the masks are closer to reality.
Joe Kraemer was hired to write a score for the film. He also had worked with Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie in Jack Reacher (2012).
When Ethan Hunt mentions a plane with 236 people on board that disappeared over the Pacific without a trace, this is a reference to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared on March 8, 2014.
The video game Benji plays is Halo 5: Guardians (2015), the seventh game of the HALO series. HALO 5 was scheduled for release in October 2015, three months after the release of the movie.
There are many product placements from Microsoft, such as an XBOX One with Halo, several Windows Phones and Microsoft Surface Tablets.
When Stickell locates Ilsa Faust, a sort of profile appears just later, showing her as disavowed. The birth date (October 19, 1983), the eyes shade (blue) and the height (5'7") match those of Rebecca Ferguson. Her shirt has stamped a coat of arms with the motto from the Order of the Garter.
In the original Mission: Impossible (1966) series, the Syndicate was basically a code name for American Gangsters.
Despite receiving top-billing at the beginning of the film, Zhang Jingchu has just two lines and 30 seconds of screen time.
Michael Giacchino didn't return to compose this film, due to scheduling conflicts with Jurassic World (2015).
When Ethan and Ilsa meet in the train station, the concourse used for filming is not a train station, but the concourse at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London. The images of trains and platforms were inserted where the large doors to exhibition halls are located.
Archvillain Solomon Lane wears a grey Nehru dress coat, a classic trademark of James Bond arch nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who headed up SPECTRE, a similar evil organization to the Syndicate. A version of Blofeld's group in Spectre (2015) was released the same year as this film.
The second time since 2006 that the James Bond franchise film and the Mission: Impossible entry have been released in the same year. Mission: Impossible III (2006) and Casino Royale (2006) were released the same year, and Spectre (2015) and this movie were released in 2015. In 2006 and 2015, the actors who portray the lead character in each franchise are still the same: Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, and Daniel Craig as James Bond.
When Ethan Hunt calls the I.M.F. early on in the movie, he uses the code Bravo Echo One One (or BE11) which is a mirror image of 1138, the number made famous as a recurring McGuffin in George Lucas' movies. This is the same code Ethan uses in the first Mission: Impossible (1996) movie when he calls Kittridge after the Prague mission.
At the opening of the Ball Scene, in the exterior of Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, a silver Aston Martin DB5 is clearly visible parked in the front spots. Given how rare this car is, and how it stands out amongst all the other dark colored automobiles, this could be a fun reference to James Bond, as besides the spy genre of the Mission: Impossible saga, British Intelligence is also part of the plot in this movie, and active in that very same scene. Another interesting coincidence, is that in the same year of filming Rogue Nation, the same filming location was announced for the 007 film Spectre (2015).
The A400M airplane that was used in the movie was built in Seville, Spain, and brought specially to the UK for the filming. Coincidentally, the actor who plays the A400M pilot, Mateo Rufino, is also originally from that town.
Second "Mission: Impossible" film to be released in IMAX. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) being the first. Although, "Ghost Protocol" had scenes filmed with IMAX cameras, "Rogue Nation" does not.
Benji is the first character who wasn't in the original Mission: Impossible (1996) to appear in a majority of the films (four out of the six).
In Vienna, when Ethan and Ilsa slide down the roof, Ethan almost tips over, but Ilsa holds him back. The sliding off the roof is an homage to Mission: Impossible III (2006), when Ethan slides down the roof in Shanghai and almost falls over.
This is Tom Cruise's and Alec Baldwin's second movie together. The first one being Rock of Ages (2012).
In an interview, Tom Cruise revealed that the breathing exercise he did for the underwater heist sequence, sometimes left him forgetting to breathe while talking.
The second spy film to feature a secret agent fighting backstage during an opera in Austria. The first was Quantum of Solace (2008) during a performance of Tosca at the Bregenz Lake stage.
Alec Baldwin plays the head of the CIA. Baldwin was also the first actor to play Jack Ryan. In the movies made of Tom Clancy's book series, Ryan eventually becomes Deputy Director of the CIA.
FRANCHISE TRADEMARK: Almost every movie in the series has a scene with Ethan Hunt descending by wires in some form: during the break-in scenes of the first three movies, he is suspended by wires, and in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) he ties himself to a fire hose in order to climb down the skyscraper. Although Hunt isn't suspended by wires in this movie, he does use a rope to slide down from the Vienna Opera House.
This movie was released the same year as several other spy and secret agent movies. The movies include Spy (2015) (a Bond spoof); Spectre (2015); Sicario (2015); Survivor (2015) starring Pierce Brosnan; Black Mass (2015) (F.B.I.); Mortdecai (2015) (has an MI5 Agent lead character); Queen of the Desert (2015) (central character was a World War I attaché to the British Secret Service); the Bondian Furious 7 (2015); Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015); Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies (2015) (a cold war espionage thriller); The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) (Ian Fleming was an original co-Creator), MI-5 (2015) a.k.a. "MI-5"; and even Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) (a Bondesque homage), a 2014 film, but which was mostly widely theatrically released in 2015.
When Ethan and Ilsa are talking in the train station and Ilsa suggests they run away together, she tries to justify this reasoning by claiming there will always be people like the villain, Solomon Lane, that will need to be stopped. This is reminiscent of a line Billy Crudup (John Musgrave) from Mission: Impossible III (2006) said to Ethan, when he discusses how the primary antagonist, Owen Davian (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman is like "a weed, and that if he was cut out, two more like him will spring up the next day."
In his first scene with Ilsa, the key to Ethan's restraints is attached to a lucky rabbit's foot keychain. In Mission: Impossible III, "The Rabbit's Foot" was the code name for a biological weapon sought after by the film's villain.
Turandot was Composer Giacomo Puccini's final opera. Franco Alfano completed the last two scenes after Puccini's death.
In the original Mission: Impossible (1966), the IMF is answerable only to the US Secretary of State. So when Jeremy Renner says "Welcome to the IMF, Mr. Secretary," to Alec Baldwin, there's a very good chance that Baldwin's character is the new Secretary of State.
Tom Hollander portrays the British Prime Minister here, after playing an incompetent low level British minister in In the Loop (2009).
The wristwatch that Simon Pegg wears in this movie is a Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar.
Maricel Pagulayan's name shows up three times in the film. She is credited as an Associate Producer, the Visual Effects Supervisor, and one of the Syndicate's bank on the encrypted drive, is the fictitious "Bank of Pagulayan".
Tom Cruise has a shot where he runs in profile. It has become something of a trademark.
The dress Ilsa Faust wears at the opera and the license plate on the car she drives off in at the end are blue and yellow, the same colours as the Swedish flag where she was born.
When Ethan and Benji get to Morocco, the camera shoots their vehicle from behind, displaying the desert, pans up, and cuts. In Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011), when the team arrives in Dubai, the camera also shoots their vehicle from behind, displaying the desert, pans up, and cuts.
Most cars used by characters in the movie are BMW's, as a result of product placement. In one scene, however, the bad guys drive a Mercedes, and a prominent frontal shot of the car, shows it to be debadged.
The Sequence where Tom Cruise hangs off the side of the airplane took 4 days during the winter and with shorter daylight it only equaled 24 hours to get the shot, according to the Blu-ray commentary with Tom Cruise and the Director.
The tablet that Ilsa and Huntley use is a Microsoft Surface, and the phone that most of the characters use is a Nokia Lumia 930.
The 'rare' record that Ethan Hunt is looking for at the record shop is Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane, recorded in 1957 and released in 1962. Ethan was correct in stating that Shadow Wilson played the drums; it was Wilbur Ware who played bass. Like all these, the Mission: Impossible theme's composer Lalo Schiffrin is also associated with jazz.
Károly Rékasi, the Hungarian voice of Ethan Hunt in the previous Mission: Impossible movies, was unable to dub this movie after being injured and hospitalized after a motorcycle accident in late June 2015. Tamás Széles took over his place. He's the main Hungarian voice for Ben Affleck, rather than Tom Cruise.
Second Mission: Impossible film which Ethan Hunt goes to London, England. Ethan Hunt was also in London in Mission: Impossible (1996).
The trailer for this film was released on March 23. Michelle Monaghan and Keri Russell appeared in earlier Mission: Impossible movies, and also share the same birthday, March 23.
The English spy thriller "Spooks: The Greater Good" (MI-5 (2015)) was released in the U.S. on December 4, 2015, about a month after Spectre (2015), which debuted stateside on November 6, 2015. 2015 also saw the release of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), it having an informal title of "MI5", while part of Spectre (2015)'s storyline involves MI5.
The operator who answers the phone when Ethan first calls in from London looks and sounds like Eugene Kittridge from Mission: Impossible (1996).
Second film in the Mission: Impossible film franchise to have a motorcycle chase scene. The first was Mission: Impossible II (2000). In both motorcycle chase sequences, Ethan wears sunglasses.
In Mission: Impossible (1996), Tom Cruise used a modified stick of gum to blow up a restaurant fish tank. In this film, there is a close-up shot of Simon Pegg sticking a piece of gum on his desktop computer's screen, temporarily obscuring the C.I.A. logo.
This is the second time that Saif Al-Warith has acted alongside Rebecca Ferguson as her antagonist. They first appeared in The Red Tent (2014), in which he played her villainous brother Simon.
Up until this movie, there was an odd pattern that the Mission: Impossible films followed. In the odd numbered Mission: Impossible films (the first and third films), Ethan had shorter hair than in the even numbered films Mission: Impossible II (2000) and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011). However, in this film, Ethan has longer hair than in Mission: Impossible (1996) and Mission: Impossible III (2006).
Released the same year as Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Both films star American actor Jeremy Renner.
The headset that Solomon Lane uses towards the end of the movie is a Plantronics Voyager Legend.
At the time of the movie's release, the Chancellor of Austria was Werner Faymann, and there was never an attempt on his life.
The first Mission: Impossible film to be released in the same year as Jurassic Park film. This film was released in the same year as Jurassic World (2015), and Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) will be released in the same year as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018).
The recurring musical theme bears a striking resemblance to one used often in the original Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) series. Simon Pegg, who plays Benji, plays the role of Montgomery Scott, aka Scotty, in the Star Trek (2009) reboot.