What is Tom Cruise’s Biggest Stunt in Mission Impossible 7?

Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise is known for pulling off dangerous stunts in his movies. And now a video featuring a man (most likely Cruise himself) riding off a bike from a tall ramp, erected on the sets of Mission Impossible 7, has gone viral on the internet.

The clip shows the man riding off the bike and falling off the ramp before he opens his parachute and glides down to the ground. The video has been shot by Norwegian media company NGTV and was shared on Twitter by Zach Maciel.

Tom Cruise Creates The Biggest Stunt In Cinema History - 'Mission: Impossible 7'

Appearing in a nine-minute behind-the-scenes video with writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, the featurette demonstrates how the stunt was put together from initial planning to final execution, revealing the technological feats that were achieved along the way.

Tom Cruise performed over 500 skydives in preparation for a stunt in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.

Calling the stunt the 'most dangerous' ever attempted for a film, a new behind the scenes videos has been released showing Cruise's training for the scene which calls for him to ride a motorbike off a cliff and parachute to safety.

The nine minute video shows Cruise repeatedly skydiving to perfect his technique with one of the stunt coordinators revealing that he performed over 500 jumps from a plane to prepare for that one scene.

Cruise also performed 13,000 motorcross jumps on a dirt bike with the video showing the Top Gun star able to calculate how fast he is going through the noise and vibrations from the bike.

Watch the video:

What did Tom Cruise say about the stunt?

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“This is far and away the most dangerous thing we’ve ever attempted,” Christopher McQuarrie, writer and director of the film, says in voice over.

Cruise says “We’ve been working on this for years. We’re gonna shoot it in Norway, and it’s gonna be a motorcycle jump off a clip into a base jump. I’ve wanted to do it since I was a little kid. It all comes down to one thing: The audience.”

When is 'Mission: Impossible 7' scheduled to be released?

Tom Cruise Creates The Biggest Stunt In Cinema History - 'Mission: Impossible 7'
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“Dead Reckoning Part One” is written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who previously helmed the franchise’s fifth and sixth installments — 2015’s “Rogue Nation” and 2018’s “Fallout.” The film is produced by Cruise, McQuarrie, J.J. Abrams, David Ellison and Jake Meyers, and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” is scheduled to premiere in theaters July 14, 2023. Watch the new stunt footage below.

Who Stars in 'Mission: Impossible 7'?

In addition to Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One will see the return of Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Vanessa Kirby. The movie is also set to feature Marvel stars Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff. Last year, it was announced that Rob Delaney (Deadpool 2), Charles Parnell (Top Gun: Maverick), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), would be joining the cast. Henry Czerny, who played Kittridge in the first Mission: Impossible, will be making his first franchise appearance since 1996.

The release dates for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two are July 14, 2023, and June 28, 2024, respectively. Top Gun: Maverick is streaming on Paramount+ on December 22nd.

Top cinema biggest stunts ever made by Tom Cruise

1. High-Speed Helicopter Chase – Mission: Impossible – Fallout

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In the climax of Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Cruise’s Ethan Hunt takes control of a helicopter and goes on a high-speed chase that’s filled with sophisticated and dangerous maneuvers in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. To no one’s surprise, Tom Cruise really flew the helicopter while remaining in-character.

The shots were long takes, filmed without special effects, and Cruise was actually chasing down Henry Cavill in another helicopter (which was piloted by a professional, with Cavill still strapped in beside him).

As explained by Cruise’s stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood:

“If you let go of the instruments normally on a green screen, you’re not going to crash, nothing happens. You let go [and say] ‘sorry, cut, let me do another one.’ On this, if you let go of the instruments, you’re crashing, you’re dead.”

2. Knife to the Eye – Mission: Impossible 2

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On the surface, this stunt from the second installment in the M:I franchise may seem small in scale. However, a quick peak behind the curtain will reveal otherwise. Director John Woo and Cruise wanted Cruise’s knife fight with co-star Dougray Scott to feel authentic and dangerous. Being the risk taker that he is, Cruise had Scott try as hard as he could to push a real knife into his eyeball. The knife was carefully connected to a measured cable that kept it a quarter inch from his eye, but the fact that one flinch or wrong movement could’ve instantly blinded him in one eye proves that Cruise doesn’t come to play.

3. Holding His Breath – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Everyone’s tried to hold their breath underwater and see how long they can last. The average human being can do it for around 30 seconds. Now imagine doing that 13 times as long. Yep, Tom Cruise held his breath underwater for 6-and-a-half minutes.

On an episode of The Graham Norton Show in 2016, Cruise revealed that experts were brought in to train him how to slow down his heart rate so he would require less oxygen. Cruise described the experience as unpleasant, saying:

“There’d be times I’d be sitting there in meetings and I wouldn’t breathe. I realized I am not breathing, and I had to turn my autonomic system back on to breathe again.”

4. Climbing Burj Khalifa – Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

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When it was revealed that Tom Cruise would actually be climbing the world’s tallest building as a stunt for his latest Mission: Impossible film, the world was dumbfounded. Why would anyone perform this stunt when it could be achieved using CGI?

Well, Tom Cruise isn’t just anyone. Word-of-mouth spread fast and the stunt paid off, making Ghost Protocol one of the most talked about films of the early 2010s. The film has even been credited for revitalizing interest in the franchise altogether.

Despite being an extremely challenging shoot, director Brad Bird and Cruise successfully completed the stunt safely with Cruise scaling, running on the side of, hanging onto, and smashing through a window of the iconic Burj. Several professional climbers, stuntmen, architects, and engineers were consulted prior to the stunt’s filming.

But that’s not enough for Tom Cruise. One early morning before filming began, Cruise asked if he could sit at the very top of the tower with no safety harness or wires for a quick picture. Because why not?

5. Hanging from the Outside of a Plane – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

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Climbing Burj Khalifa might just be one of the coolest things anyone has ever done, but somehow Cruise managed to top it.

For the fifth installment in the M:I franchise, Cruise strapped himself to the outside of an airbus as it took off for an unforgettable action sequence. The stunt was shot within 48 hours, with the plane taking off and landing 8 times before they captured the perfect take. According to Cruise, the plane was going so fast, that at one point a tiny pebble hit him in the rib, nearly shattering it. If something went wrong mid-scene, he couldn’t get into the plane until it landed.

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